1. What is Indian sandstone Paving?
Indian sandstone paving is the UK’s favourite natural stone flooring option for anyone looking to add elegance and charm to their home. Its unrivalled natural beauty, durability and affordability make it the ideal garden flooring solution. It is sourced directly from India, a country whose diverse geology gives rise to the many different colours of sandstone. Different colours of Indian sandstone, such as Kota Black, are also often named after the regions in which they’re quarried. It first began to be shipped over to the UK in the mid 2000s, and now it’s the nation’s favourite type of paving.
2. Do you need to seal Indian sandstone paving?
The answer greatly depends on the variety of paving you’re working with. In the vast majority of cases, the answer is yes, you should seal your stones. By composition, Indian sandstone paving is a porous stone, meaning the surface is made of many small holes. To prevent any unwanted dirt or spillages from seeping into and staining your beautiful stones, we strongly recommend that you seal them.
Sealing it with a primary treatment like HG Impregnator or a Nexus colour-enhancing sealer can prevent dirt and grease stains from tarnishing its surface and help the colours to pop, ensuring your stones stay as beautiful as the day they were laid for years to come. Need some advice? Simply get in touch, and our team of experts will gladly advise you!
3. Why is Indian sandstone such a popular paving option?
Indian sandstone's popularity stems from its solid durability, affordability, and, of course, its beauty. The standout feature of this natural stone is its incredible diversity when it comes to styles and colours. From Raj Green to Autumn Brown to Golden Leaf and beyond, Indian sandstone paving ages like fine wine, as the paving slabs only develop richer and more exquisite shades with age, adding to their uniqueness and appeal. This hard-wearing stone withstands foot traffic and even the harsh British weather effortlessly. Still, it can be easily cut into bespoke patterns and designs, providing all the flexibility you need to express your creativity both indoors and outdoors.
4. Varieties of Indian sandstone paving
There are many varieties of Indian sandstone, and they are grouped in various ways. They can be organised according to colours, finishes, patterns and the processes used to produce them. At Bridge Street Stone, our customers can take their pick from our extensive selection of beautiful stones, all varying in colour and texture, with names that pay homage to the regions in India where they were quarried.
TImeless and rustic, riven sandstone slabs feature a slightly rougher surface to the touch when compared with other styles of sandstone paving, making it an excellent option for those wanting to embrace a raw, more natural appearance.
Sawn Indian sandstone slabs have been refined further for a near-perfect smooth surface that effortlessly adds character to the more contemporary exterior or interior. If you’re looking for a chic clean finish to your garden or home, this is the stone for you.
Kandla Grey Indian sandstone paving comes in beautiful mid-to-light and sometimes even bluish-grey tones. These paving slabs are perfect for creating spaces that have a calming and relaxed atmosphere. When exposed to the elements, some Kandla Grey stones even develop warm brown and dark grey shades, adding greater depth to their natural beauty.
Golden Leaf is one of the most highly sought-after styles of Indian sandstone and is ideal for gardens and driveways. Uniquely, this stone reflects sunlight, brightening up any space and giving it a colourful aura with its vibrant golden hues, especially during the summertime. Its stunning finish makes it an ideal choice for those looking to add a touch of beauty and elegance to their outdoor spaces.
Autumn Brown is another highly-favoured paving choice amongst homeowners. This style is characterised by its tonal variations of rich mid-tone browns, rusty umber maroons, and light greys. This style brings warmth and texture to any environment.
Daring and debonaire, our Kota Black paving is a bold choice perfect for those looking to make a statement. As stunning as it is striking, this stone's namesake hails from the Kota region of India. It’s the darkest shade in our range and the perfect candidate for making your garden pop and for creating spaces with dramatic flair.
Raj Green is a favourite among our customers, and for good reason. With its harmonious blend of green and brown hues, it's rich with earthy character and charm. These stones strike a beautiful balance between distinct and softened, incorporating varying shades of other styles of Indian sandstone, making them a great option if you can't choose a favourite style!
5. Indian sandstone features and benefits
When properly maintained and treated with care, your Indian sandstone paving will last years. So long as you seal your paving stones every couple of years and clean them as and when necessary, they will continue to enhance your space with their charm and beauty, only getting more visually appealing as time passes.
Features and benefits of Indian sandstone paving include:
Durability - These long-lasting and hard wearing stones can withstand wet and frosty conditions and heavy foot traffic, so you can enjoy them for years to come.
They’re an investment - As well as looking beautiful and enhancing your home's overall appeal, sandstone paving can add value to your property, making it a worthy investment in style and practicality.
Variety - The versatility of these stones is genuinely stunning. Our vast selection of finishes, textures and colours - which deepen over time - ensures you won't have to compromise on exactly what you envision for your space.
Bespoke - With the right tools or the help of professionals, these stones can be custom-made into a wide variety of patterns and designs for endless creative options. Whether it’s stone circles, mosaics, or something completely bespoke, it’s all possible with Indian sandstone.
Little maintenance - If routinely sealed every 1-2 years, cleaning is easy and requires little effort. Simply wash down with diluted soapy water, and use a soft bristle brush for the more stubborn patches of dirt or grime - and that’s all there is to it!
Eco-friendly - The manufacturing process of our stones is easier on the environment because it uses few chemicals. Moreover, our stones can even be recycled so that you can make the right choice for your home and the environment!
Affordability - Not only is Indian sandstone beautiful, durable, and long-lasting, but all the benefits above are neatly tied up with an incredibly affordable price tag - especially compared to other flooring types. That's why it's the UK's favourite natural stone flooring option!