Sandstone Texture

In most cases, sandstone is composed of feldspar or quartz. This is mainly because these minerals are resistant to the weathering process. Similar to uncemented sand, as a result of impurities in the minerals, sandstone can be of any colour.

A few of the most common colours include red, tan, yellow, white, pink, brown, red, grey, or black. Sandstone beds, for the most part, form visible cliffs as well as other topographic features. Certain regions are often identified with the colour of their sandstone.

When property owners are using sandstone in their projects, they may want it to have a specific colour as well as texture. These aspects would be based on the aesthetic they want to create in a particular space.

There are several kinds of sandstone surface textures, they include:

1. Honed

This texture gives a flat to low sheen gloss. You can also select the level of gloss based on your requirements. Although this surface is smooth, it is highly porous. The textures are primarily used in high traffic buildings. However, as a result of its open pores, these honed floors need to be protected with a stone guard penetrating sealer. Polished stone colours are far more vibrant that honed stone colours.

2. Polished Surface

This type of texture is primarily a reflection of polished crystals that help bring out vibrant colours and grains of natural stone. Polishing bricks and powders are used during fabrication to bring out the shine on these surfaces.

There’s close to zero porosity while polishing the surface. This helps emphasise the high levels of colour, texture, and structure. Besides, this “closed pore” finish increases the resistance of the stone to external agents. Several protective treatments can be used to increase resilience, and are most often applied to marble, granite, as well as other rocks that have a high degree of crystallinity.

3. Flamed Surface

This rough surface is achieved as a result of exposure to excessive heat. The crystals begin to pop during the fabrication process, which results in its rough surface. Due to its porous surface, it has to be treated with a protective stone guard. It gives the surface an irregularly textured finish.

4. Sand Blasted

This matte gloss surface is achieved by the pressurised flow and sand and water. The technique involves a coarse-grained airline grit that’s projected at high-pressure onto the surface of the stone. It is often characterised by matte gloss textured finish. The stones present a chromatic and punctuated surface as a result of the pressure applied to the sand.


A few other sandstone textures include:

  • Bush Hammered
  • Sawn

For more information on sandstone textures or any other services, feel free to contact Trstone Mason at 0414 447 554 to discuss details about your project. You can also get in touch with us via this Contact Us form and get a free quote today.