Three Unusual Uses for Sandstone

Published: 20th May 2011
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When you think of sandstone, what do you think of most often? The great Egyptian pyramids? Hollywood pool surrounds? Perhaps city halls, grand staircases, garden monuments, fountains and furniture? Sandstone has been a popular building material since antiquity so it's no surprise that it is apparent in the constructions of most civilisations, from past to present. It's durable, as well as being attractive and comes in a range of colours and textures making it a top choice for stylish locations. However, sandstone isn't only used for the most common applications you have likely thought of. In fact, it is such a versatile material that is used in a variety of unusual and unexpected ways too. Here are three of the more unconventional uses for sandstone today:

  1. Plate Glass Manufacture:
    Plate glass is a specific variety of glass that is cast in large sheets for use in making windows and doors as well as mirrors, partitions and tables or any other object that requires flat panels of glass. Plate glass is produced from molten liquid glass that is poured on to a large, flat metal table while it is very hot. It is then rolled flat and left to cool. Sandstone is ground down to the grain and used in the polishing process of plate glass. Ground sandstone is also used for its bevelling properties in the grinding of marble and metal surfaces.

  2. Production of Fine Tableware:
    In its crushed form, sandstone is also use in the production of much of our non-plastic tableware, such as lead crystal, fine bone china, as well as common china and regular glassware. Silica heavy stone is ground and added to the clay used to form china items, and is also used at various percentages in other materials used for tableware such as the very fine crystal used in champagne flutes and wine glasses. The addition of silica sand during the manufacture of tableware is a modern addition to the glass and crystal manufacturing process that creates an enhanced purity and density to the final product. Modern crystal tableware can contain up to 48% silica sand.

  3. Brick and Concrete Manufacture:
    Despite its generally luxurious and elegant applications, sandstone is also used for some heavy duty purposes, for example, in its crushed form it is commonly added to liquid asphalt and concrete to fill in jetties and dikes and create durable road surfaces. Crushed sand is similarly used as an ingredient in the manufacture of plaster and is added to concrete and clays to reduce shrinkage and prevent cracking in the manufacture of bricks.

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