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Why Indian Sandstone and Travertine are Such Great Material Options for your Garden Patio

Rob Byrne - Friday, December 28, 2012

It is only natural to want to make the most of your garden or outdoor space. Indeed, having an attractive, welcoming and functional outside area can be of real benefit, especially when the weather is fine and the sun is shining. Certainly, there are few things more enjoyable than sitting outside on your patio with some good company and a nice chilled glass of wine or bottle of beer.

Of course, patios are available in a wide range of types, shapes and sizes these days. To be sure, timber decking areas have become very popular in recent years as they can provide unevenly surfaced gardens with a smart and practical communal area. However, when it comes to traditional patios, stone is still very much the order of the day. And, when it comes to stone there are two options which stand head and shoulders above all others: Indian sandstone and Travertine.

Indian sandstone

Sandstone is a porous material which is composed mainly of cemented grains of sand. It has a granular texture and is the second most abundant of all sedimentary rock (after shale). In addition to quartz, sandstone may also contain sand-sized particles of calcite, gypsum or various iron compounds. Like sand, Indian sandstone can be any colour; however, the most common colours are tan, brown, yellow, red, grey and white.

Indian sandstone is a very stable material and therefore it is one of the best suited natural stones for domestic use. Indeed, Indian Sandstone paving stones can be a very good choice for your garden or outdoor space as they are hard-wearing, weather resistant, inexpensive and easy to lay.

Travertine

Travertine is a banded, compact variety of limestone that is formed along streams, particularly where there are waterfalls or hot and cold springs. It is a sedimentary rock made up of layers of calcite which themselves have been formed from the accumulation of organic matter.

Travertine is often known as Travertine limestone and sometimes even as Travertine marble, even though it is in fact the same stone and therefore is neither limestone nor marble. The stone is characterised by pitted holes and troughs in its surface. These naturally occurring troughs are what give travertine its unique charm as they suggest that considerable wear and tear has occurred over many years. Indeed, one of the most charming buildings in the world, the Coliseum in Rome, is constructed mainly of Travertine.

Needless to say, the lovely pitted holes and troughs of Travertine can provide your garden with a truly unique and beautiful patio area. Indeed, these holes can be left unfilled to leave a natural texture or, if you prefer, they can be filled with a very hard resin and honed to give a smooth and shiny finish.

If you would like to find out more about our wonderful Indian sandstone, Travertine or timber garden decking products, either browse our pages further or call our customer enquiry line on 023 9265 2923.