|Sandstone is very often called York Stone and vice
versa. Although the popular, yellow York Stone is
indeed sandstone, it is not the only type. Other
colours such as reds, pinks, beiges, creams, blues
and browns are also available. Whilst many of these
are indigenous to the U.K., sandstone is found all
over the world.
Sandstone is a sedimentary rock formed over millions of years from fine
grains of sand glued together by minerals of natural cement. It is the
composition of this "cement" which determines the colour and
hardness of each sandstone. Some of the harder sandstones are rich in quartz
and feldspar, two minerals that are also commonly found in granite.
Sandstone is used in situations where a colourful, durable, non-slip, low
maintenance surface is required. Popular examples include flooring and
wall cladding, landscape features like patios, terraces, balconies and
paths and both internal and external swimming pool surrounds.