As suggested by the name, Indian sandstone paving slabs are originally imported from India and are known for their natural veined texture. The stones are often used when constructing pathways, patios, outdoor seating areas and driveways.
Indian sandstone has gained recognition and popularity due to its history and heritage. Not only is it exquisite in quality, it doesn’t come with a hefty price tag either.
The summarized process of achieving the stone slabs is fairly simple; they’re quarried and then cut into paving slabs. However, the actual procedure is quite complex. A lot of factors play a role in bringing you the beautiful, quality sandstone that you use in your homes.
We understand that first time home owners or those looking to renovate want to weigh out the pros and cons of each detail they add into their homes. Pavements usually comprise a large chunk of the outdoor area and hence, the decision needs to be made wisely.
So, what makes Indian sandstone paving so popular?
- Looks and texture:
What essentially makes this type of stone so popular is the intricate natural design found on each slab of stone. The beautiful veining all over sets it apart from other paving options.
- Shades of stone:
The best feature of the Indian sandstone is that its available in plenty of colors and tones for you to choose from. What makes it even more unique is that many quarry owners have “specialty” varieties that essentially means that different quarries may find distinctive natural colors of sandstone.
- Strong and sturdy:
Sandstones that have high absorption levels are likely to attract water which can make them quite vulnerable during frost season. The best way to go is to get Indian Sandstone that has a water absorption rate of 1.7%. The higher this number goes, the more likely it is that your pavement will go green in just a span of a few months. If you choose to stay in line with this level, you won’t require sealing it in the future.
- Flexural Strength:
This indicates the strength of the sandstone being used. The higher the number, the less likely it is to get damaged during transportation or even when its set out in your patio.
- Slip resistant:
This feature is incredible for homeowners who live in rainy states and cities. Often times, the rain can make pavements slippery and become hazardous. Families that consist of older members and younger ones need to take this into consideration when designing their homes. Indian sandstone pavements are slip resistant, so you don’t have to worry about falls or injuries on rainy days!
Good quality sandstone would make for a perfect pavement anywhere in the UK. To make sure you’re buying quality slabs, check for the European stone industry’s ‘CE’ mark. This will determine that you’re buying excellent quality paving that is water resistant and algae free for years to come.