Yorkstone, Sandstone & Gritstone
Sandstone is a sedimentary rock type formed of various mineral particles such as quartz, felspar and mica, these minerals are bound together by natural cements such as iron oxides, clay, silicas and calcium carbonates. The natural cements can also determine the colour of the stone. (Yorkstone and Gritstone are common generic terminologies used for types of Sandstone and are part of the same geological family).
The UK has an abundance of sandstone sourced mainly from the northern half of the British Isles, we have some of the most beautiful and versatile sandstones available anywhere in the world. To compliment the UK sandstone portfolio, imported stone is commonly sourced from countries such as Spain, India and China.
Sandstone is an extremely versatile natural material and has been used as a landscape and building material for thousands of years. Its uses provide a variety of products such as paving, walling, roofing and masonry. Sandstone can be seen throughout the UK in many prestigious structures and grand landscape surroundings which form part of our heritage.
There are various grain types and colours of sandstones available, various reds from south east Scotland, Cumbria and Cheshire, pinks and pale buffs from Derbyshire, blue / grey from South Wales and browns, buffs and greys from Yorkshire, Lancashire and the North East, there is also an array of colours available from imported material.