Sandstone tiles are beautiful natural floor covering choices that are popular for their distinctive style. Mirroring the look of beach and desert sand, the golds, reds, browns, and tans of this often multicolored stone are the perfect decorative touch in numerous architectural applications. Very beautiful natural floor covering choices.
At the same time, the fact that it is natural means that its properties are not controlled by a manufacturer, which can cause problems when it is used in certain environments. In various shades from gold to steel strey our sandstone lends a distinct look and warm light to buildings. The distinctive character, high quality, durability, and working properties have made sandstone as an honest building material.
About Sandstone Tiles
The Beauty Of Nature: There is an ineffable quality to natural materials that is obvious in sandstone flooring. Ranging in color from medium tone whites to multicolored maelstroms, all of the way back to charcoal and black, sandstone can cover vast stretches of hues, and yet it always has a feeling of earth and rock that can be missing in many of its competing imitators.
Durability Of Stone: Sandstone, is quarried from the cores of mountains, and as such, it is hard as a rock. It may not match slate or granite for durability, but it is still strong, powerful, and can last for decades if properly cared for. At the same time, it lends that inherent mountainous power to any space in which it is used.
Unique Pieces: Because sandstone is formed from nature itself the colors, patterns, and hues found in any individual piece are completely unique and different. When sandstone is quarried it comes out in giant slabs which are processed and refined down into smaller pieces.
Textures: Sandstone, being a rock, comes from the mountain naturally craggy and jagged. In flooring tiles, this is leveled out in a process called “gauging” where the tile becomes even enough to walk on without hurting your feet.
Natural and Eco-Friendly: Because sandstone flooring is a product of the earth, it is all natural, and biodegradable. However, some manufacturing companies use more responsible quarrying techniques than others.
Replacement Tiles: Sandstone is a rock, so it’s fairly hard. But sometimes a gap in the substrate or a sharp drop from a heavy object can cause a crack or chip in an individual piece. Luckily, if this happens sandstone flooring tiles can be removed and replaced with relative ease. You just have to make sure that you save a few tiles from the original installation so that they match the repaired floor.
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Knowledge Base: Sandstone tiles are from clastic sedimentary rocks composed mainly of sand-sized (0.0625 to 2 mm) mineral particles or rock fragments. Most sandstone is composed of quartz or feldspar because they are the most resistant minerals to weathering processes at the Earth’s surface, as seen in Bowen’s reaction series. Like uncemented sand, sandstone may be any color due to impurities within the minerals, but the most common colors are tan, brown, yellow, red, grey, pink, white, and black. Since sandstone beds often form highly visible cliffs and other topographic features, certain colors of sandstone have been strongly identified with certain regions.
Rock formations that are primarily composed of sandstone usually allow the percolation of water and other fluids and are porous enough to store large quantities, making them valuable aquifers and petroleum reservoirs. Fine-grained aquifers, such as sandstones, are better able to filter out pollutants from the surface than are rocks with cracks and crevices, such as limestone or other rocks fractured by seismic activity. Quartz-bearing sandstone can be converted into quartzite through metamorphism, usually related to tectonic compression within orogenic belts.