If you’ve ever driven in the foothills along the Front Range, you’ve probably seen a quarry or two showing off the bright red stone Colorado is known for. When you get up close to Red Rocks Amphitheater’s characteristic red rocks, it becomes pretty easily apparent that the brilliantly colored stone is sandstone—a stone that is pretty much exactly what you expect: sand granules compressed into rock over millennia. If you don’t happen to have a sandstone mound in your backyard from which to carve a bench, what else can be done with this beautifully colored stone?
In order to get down to the best uses for this type of stone, you first need to understand the properties. Because sandstone is, essentially, compressed sand, it is very porous and can be penetrated easily by water. This is why you’ll frequently see coasters made from sandstone; they’ll allow the condensation from your glass to seep in rather than puddle on top. However, the porosity of the stone also means it is more susceptible to quick weathering and deterioration if not treated or used appropriately. The formation of sandstone also means that some stone will be more loosely packed and porous than others. Choosing stone will depend a lot on the intended use.
Sandstone’s Best Uses
One of the most popular uses for sandstone is in tiling and pavers, especially in more wet areas. Sandstone makes for great patio pavers because water will seep through rather than collect on top. It can also make for a great shower lining, as long as the stone is treated properly. Sandstone is also tough but fairly easily cut, so it is a popular option for tombstones, monuments, and sculptural elements.
If you’re interested in adding some Colorado color to your Denver home or garden, contact Loukonen Bros. today to learn more about our sandstone options!