Widely popular across Australia for both internal and external projects, sandstone makes for a great, raw material for construction works. Known for its organic look, natural tones and textures, it’s also treasured for its pure versatility. Ultimately, using sandstone as your choice of cladding material means you can enjoy a whole range of formats and finishes – with no limits to your imagination.
Where does sandstone come from?
Found in almost all corners of the world, sandstone is one of those materials that will always carry importance in both architecture and construction fields. Typically, huge deposits of this type of stone are found in India, but it can be found almost anywhere throughout the world.
Why use sandstone cladding?
Like all building materials, there are both pros and cons that come with using sandstone for your specific application. When you’re doing the rounds to assess what material would work best in your environment, make sure you’ve clearly observed whether these pros and cons outweigh each other:
- They provide a natural, rustic look
- Extremely durable and able to last a long time
- Plenty of options and styles to choose from
- Able to complement other materials – e.g. timber or concrete
- Can be used for other applications, not just for cladding
- Provides sufficient insulation, enough to keep costs towards heating and cooling down
- Can be used indoors or out
- Weather-resistant: suitable for withstanding all elements
- Provides an anti-skid surface, making it also ideal for paving
- Can add to the value of your property
- Easy to replace when needed
- Easy to maintain over time.
- May require a structural substrate, which will incur an additional cost
- Can require intensive labour and installation time
- Is sometimes more expensive than other cladding alternatives
- Cleaning products might damage the surface
- If moisture is trapped behind the stone (if poorly installed) it can lead to damage
- It needs to be installed by a professional team and is not appropriate for a DIY project.
Weighing up the pros vs. cons
The above list gives you a good reflection of how this kind of stone cladding can play a role in your property’s aesthetics. But beyond these basics you’ll also need to consider who will be frequenting the environment, what purpose your construction carries and how long you’ll need the solution to last for.
Quality cladding experts – like those at Splendour In Stone – are able to thoroughly assess the atmosphere of your space and determine the best possible option for it. If you’re not sure where to start, we always recommend speaking to a professional to make sure you’re aware of all of the circumstances involved.