Landscaping of the backyard territory starts to be engaged immediately after the house and outbuildings are built on the suburban plot. And here it is necessary to decide what to cover the paths and platforms - which material is better to use for this. The options offered by the modern building materials market are actually many, and there are plenty to choose from. In this article we will talk about the tracks of sandstone: what are the characteristics of this material, the pros and cons, the technology of laying.
What is sandstone, its features
First of all, it is natural stone from the category of clastic sedimentary rocks. This material got its name because it consists of quartz grains 0.05 mm in size (i.e. sand), which are interconnected by natural mineral substance like cement. In nature sandstone is monolithic and layered. The best option for tracks and playgrounds - the second. That is, the process of its transformation into plates is simple and low-cost.
At the same time, producers do not try to give sandstone, as a finished product, a special evenness. That is, the tiles are not cut from it. Chipped plates of different thickness (10-60 mm) with jagged edges, with chips and cracks on the surface go on sale more often. But landscape designers use this stone to finish tracks and grounds very often, because it has:
a unique structure that absorbs very little moisture, water absorption is 0, 6-1,6%;
natural color ;
defined degree of roughness surface plates, which is important in rainy weather;
aesthetically attractive appearance .
As for the appearance, the sandstone on the market is represented by different color design that nature gave him. These are usually light brown plates, but white stone, blue, red, green, burgundy and ashy can be found on the market. Finishing material from one manufacturer is represented on the market by one color shade. Rarely when there are multicolored stones in one batch. The photo below shows a traditional sandstone stone for terracotta-red tracks.
And other characteristics of this stone for information:
density varies in the range of 2250-2670 kg / m³, it depends on what cement substance is in the composition of the rock: siliceous, carbonate or clay;
porosity material 0.7%;
fire resistance is up to + 1700С, this indicator does not matter for garden paths, but this stone is used for decoration both indoors and outdoors for facades.
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How to lay sandstone on garden paths
The technology of laying sandstone on paths is not much different from the same process if using paving slabs or any other stone. To do this, first of all, they carry out planning, that is, they determine where the path will be laid, what are its dimensions and configuration.
Then these parameters are transferred to the ground. Usually, alleyka borders are formed with the aid of chalky dressing or with the help of twine and pegs driven into the ground. It is very important to transfer the dimensions correctly, especially for the width of the path.
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