This article contains everything you need to know about sandstone paving and sandstone tiles.
When it comes to sandstone tiles, people generally find themselves in a predicament. Firstly they are overwhelmed by the enormous range of colours available and secondly they don’t understand the difference between sandstone tiles and a sandstone paving. To help, review the images to the left.
The image indicates the paver on the left, and the tile on the right. The fundamental difference between the two is the thickness of the stone. A paver is classified as 30mm and thicker while a tile is classified as anything less than 30mm. There is key reasoning to why sandstone comes in tiles and in pavers. Tiles have to be laid on concrete slabs whilst pavers can be laid on a sand base but require a concrete base if they are being used in a heavy work area. e.g. a driveway. It is important to distinguish whether you want to use a pavers or tiles. Tiles are generally the preferred option, as people will always rather pour a concrete slab.
The next step is to find the right colour sandstone for you. Sandstone tiles and sandstone paving comes in many colours the most popular colours are tan, brown, yellow, red, grey, pink, white and black. If this isn’t enough, you then need to establish the size and type of finish you would like. RMS Traders offers 3 main finishes to their sandstone including honed, natural cleft and sandblasted, they also offer crazy paving for that exotic look.
Using sandstone tiles for wall cladding and retaining walls.
The sandstone wall tile has become nifty in its ability to clad walls and retaining walls. With its glamorous colouring and finishes there is no surprise why sandstone has become so popular.
Sandstone cladding has interesting features and is fairly light in weight which makes its not only aesthetic but also practical. If you’re thinking of using sandstone for cladding and retaining walls you can do it in two simple manners. The first method is using sandstone tiles with matching capping tiles. This method has become popular as it gives a modern feel and symmetric look. The second method is using a traditional rockwall or feature wall panel, this method gives a more natural and rustic feel. Both methods have great results and have been adopted heavily in Australian landscapes and architectural designs.
Where to use sandstone tiles and sandstone paving.
Sandstone tiles and sandstone paving can be used almost anywhere and can last a life time if maintenance is done right. Sandstone is impeccable for indoors or outdoors, this is because of its natural features. When wet, sandstone absorbs the water maintaining its grip, this makes it suitable for all wet areas, especially pools. In regards to indoor uses, sandstone customarily comes in a honed finish, this means the tile has been refined allowing it be smooth and pleasant.
When it comes to outdoor areas, it is important to evaluate the type of environment the tiles will be in. For example, a beautiful white sandstone would not be a good idea to place in a farmers backyard that is prone to mud and excessive dirt. It would be better suited with a beige sandstone where dirt and mud does not show so noticeably. It is equally important to consider if the area will be exposed to salt or chlorine, if you decide to use sandstone around a pool or wet area you should consult professionals about the sealers they recommend. Some sandstones are less dense then others, this means the type of sealer you will require will need to have a binding agent within it. A binding agent is solely used to harden the sandstone to protect it from salt attacks. If due diligence is performed prior to your sandstone purchase, you will only reap the benefits of the natural wonder.
You can view our full range of sandstone tiles and sandstone paving by visiting our Sandstone Page.