Let’s start first with what sandstone is exactly. Composed mainly of rock grains or sand-sized minerals, sandstone is typically made up of quartz and clay. Much like sand, it can come in virtually any colour, however the most common are browns, Buff, Cream, grey, pink and white.
Sandstone blocks have been used in the construction of buildings for thousands of years due to easy to work with characteristics and all round durability. Moreover, it has remained popular in modern times thanks to its attractive stone finish and raw, natural aesthetic appeal. Another big factor is sandstone’s natural acoustic and thermal properties, plus its natural resistance to fire.
Helping keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire
When something is described as ‘fire resistant,’ it does not mean it is immune to fire, it simply means it takes longer for the fire to eventually deteriorate or burn through the material. Virtually all materials will succumb to overwhelming heat if the temperature is raised enough. Bricks crack, steel buckles, and glass shatters. The main advantage of a fire resistant material, especially in regards to the construction of residential and commercial builders, is the added time it affords the occupants to evacuate before they come to any harm.
Sandstone is non-combustible and thus resistant to fire, making it a preferred option for building and construction. Due to its natural density, fire takes longer to burn through sandstone blocks, meaning any homes experiencing a fire will have added time.
Added benefits of having a home built with sandstone
Working hand in hand with sandstone’s fire resistance characteristics, is its thermal insulation. This means you and your family will be sheltered from the biting cold in winter and the blistering heat of summer. This in turn will result in less power being consumed as your ducted system struggles to keep the interior of your home at a comfortable level.