Some of the advantages of sandstone paving include the natural variety in subtle colours that sandstone is known for. From white sand tones to richer beige hues, sandstone paving has a beautifully natural variation to its appearance that many prefer over uniformly coloured surfaces. Individual pieces of sandstone are completely unique, which means that no two paved areas will look the same. For many, this uniqueness beats synthetic materials because it avoids a processed, fake appearance that is less aesthetically pleasing.
Sandstone, which is quarried from mountain cores, is also relatively durable and can last for decades if it is properly maintained and cared for.
Sandstone is also a more environmentally friendly choice than many other paving materials. It can be recycled and is biodegradable. In addition to this, sandstone is not chemically processed and therefore has less of a damaging effect on the environment in its manufacturing process.
Some of the disadvantages of sandstone paving include its porousness. Sandstone is prone to water absorption which can lead to liquid stains, mold, bacterial growths and damage in intensive periods of storming. Due to its susceptibility to water, sandstone is therefore not normally used in kitchens and bathrooms where water spills are common.
Sandstone is also softer than other types of rock, such as slate or granite. As a result, sandstone paving may be more prone to scratching and denting than other products. Finally, sandstone paving can be a dangerous slipping hazard if it is finished with a highly polished exterior, especially in wet conditions. If you are interested in installing sandstone paving, ensure you do not opt for a highly polished finish, especially if you have elderly people or children at home who may be more prone to slipping on such surfaces.