How Long Will Sandstone Last?

Having strong Brisbane Sandstone paving on your property can last longer than you expect. But, the length of time any sandstone lasts depends upon several factors. It’s not merely subjected to the quality of the stone used.
If you derive the sandstone paving from a reliable source and look after it well, it will endure many harsh winters and scorching summers while maintaining its unique finish. Let us answer a few questions about Sandstone Brisbane paving.

Does the paving fade?

It is likely to fade a bit in direct sunlight, but it only adds to its character.
Unlike concrete, sandstone has a beautiful, elegant finish that enhances with age. So when it weathers, it can look more genuine and even add value to a property.

Can sandstone break?

It is pretty difficult to break a sandstone, but on the off chance, if it happens, the broken stone is even easier to install.
However, once laid, sandstone’s high strength makes it unbreakable and crack-proof. It is also a better choice for commercial and demanding landscaping projects than a manufactured substance like concrete.

Are there any Brisbane Sandstone maintaining tips for longevity?

Make sure to clean your sandstone paving occasionally.
You can lightly brush off the dust before watering the flooring. This removes the dirt that settles into the sandstone’s texture.
In wet regions, ensure to clean the paving often not to let any algae grow. If that happens, you can use soapy water or a bleach mixture to clean. Mix equal parts of bleach and water, and pour onto the sandstone paving. Let it stay for half an hour and rinse it off with a power washer or a hose to remove all the bleach.

Removing scratches can help the paving last longer

Sandstone is a sedimentary slab made up of quartz and feldspar.
This means it is comparatively soft and prone to minor scratches and marks on its surface.
So if your sandstone floor gets some scratches, it is possible to remove them.
A combination of wet-sanding and a solvent-based topical sealer can come in handy to bring out the darker colours and hide the scratch.

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Sealing the sandstone paving

Sandstone is a soft yet strong natural stone that is penetrable, which means moisture can enter the surface. Hence, it is advisable to seal your paving.
This not only shields the stone but also prevents any staining. Sealing the sandstone paving also helps prevent a build-up of any unwanted growths like algae, moss or mould.
Your paving would last longer if you sealed your stone slabs before laying them to prevent them from staining while they are being installed. Or, you can leave them unsealed for a year and apply the sealant later to give it a gorgeous weathered look.
At Sandstone World, we recommend sealing your Sandstone paving in Brisbane regularly, depending upon how porous it has become.
If it takes 5 to 10 minutes for the water to absorb, you can seal it every three to five years.
Call 07 3339 1545 for more information on Brisbane Sandstone paving.

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