Comparing Limestone and Sandstone products:
Limestone and Sandstone quarries are still very active in the Australian market with a broad range of quarries in Australia still operating and producing quality dimensional stone.
The large majority of all these quarries are professionally run and produce high-quality natural products, however, there are areas in the decision-making process that clients need to consider:
When choosing any stone product always fully understand the product’s availability and turnaround time as delays on-site can be frustrating and costly. We maintain holdings in our quarry which can be shipped to your project location.
- Consistent sizing
Understand consistency of sizing, as limestone ashlar blocks are supplied as a consistent dimension, which represents less work for the stonemason, resulting in reduced project costs. Read more.
- Product Range
Fully appreciate the range of products from the supplier as many quarries offer various face finishes and decorative moulds
- Consistent Colours
Ask about the consistency of colours as being a natural product, colour often vary. We can supply you with a stone sample.
- Project Size
Have an approx. idea of the m2 of your project. This information can generally be sourced through your architect, builder or stone supplier (estimates from working drawings) and always ask for an itemised quote on the products you are interested in as this will offer complete transparency on overall product costs. Try our Building Cost Calculator
- View the stone
Be sure to view other completed projects either personally or ask for a gallery of images. This information will offer you confidence in the look and feel of the stone. We can supply you with a stone sample.
- Thermal Ratings
Although all stone offers excellent thermal and acoustic qualities source exact ratings. Read more on thermal conductivity.
- Building Process
Understand the building process, as some stone can be used as a cladding (stone tied to frames) or as double skin construction. Read more about building with premium rockface and plain face limestone blocks.
In some instances, veneer stone is adhered to cladding often exaggerating construction costs.
- Laying Costs
To fully appreciate the costs of building in stone you should always engage an experienced and qualified stonemason to talk you through the building process, as various stone products can vary in their laying costs due to their weight, sizing and the need for the stone to be dressed. Read more in our frequently asked questions
Limestone and Sandstone are both tough and durable natural stones. They score high on weather endurance and physical wearing which is why both are ideal options for construction. Both natural stone types have been used in the construction of commercial and domestic buildings. Sandstone is easier to work with as it is softer than limestone, however, this also makes the stone prone to scratching or denting, especially in indoor applications.