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Working with Sandstone

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Sandstone is an often overlooked material that can be the perfect addition to your home, your patio, or your garden. While different areas will require different sealants and cuts, there are a few tricks to help you successfully work with this material. Unfortunately, sandstone often gains a reputation of being difficult to work with. At Rockstar Diamond, we believe that it can be easy, as long as you have the right tools.

Thickness Matters

When you’re working with sandstone, the first thing you’ll want to examine is the thickness of the slab. Thin tiles and sandstone sheets can often be cut with a chisel. Anything larger can actually damage the stone and ruin the tile you’re wanting to use. However, if you’re cutting a large and thick slab, you’ll want to use a diamond saw blade to slice through the stone.

Why a Diamond Blade?

Sandstone is a rough material and it can actually damage the blade if you use an inferior type of saw. While normal saw blades may be slightly cheaper, they’ll actually cost you more in the long run. During the course of one project, you’ll likely have to replace your regular saw blade several times just to get the cutting work done. Furthermore, the blades dull quickly and won’t give you the clean cut you were looking for. When you use a diamond saw blade, you’ll see cleaner cuts every time. Best of all, the blade will hold an edge longer, saving you time and money on replacements.

Cutting With a Saw

First, you’ll want to accurately measure your cut and draw a clear line for each cut on the surface of the sandstone. You don’t need any special materials in order to mark on the stone; a simple pencil will do just fine. Once you’ve got your measurements drawn out, secure the stone. Once you’re sure the stone won’t move, you can either create a guide for the saw using a chisel or simply follow your pencil line with the saw.

Once you’re done cutting the stone, you’ll be able to lay it much as you would any other type of tile. However, maintenance will be slightly different.

  • Sweep and clean the floor regularly. Even if you install your sandstone tiles outside, you’ll want to sweep the tiles and flagstones frequently. When dirt builds up, it can damage the sealant placed on the stone and may even wear portions of the surface down, creating divots in the rock.
  • Be aware of stains. Since sandstone is incredibly porous, you’ll want to be cautious about the types of cleaners you use. Some common household cleaners can leave behind residue or discolored patches, marring the finish of your sandstone.
  • Consider using an area rug. Whether it’s stained and sealed, or left bare outside, sandstone scratches easily. If you’re putting furniture of any kind on your sandstone tiles, consider laying a rug beneath the furniture. At very least, invest in furniture sliders or adhesive pads to prevent scratching.

No matter what kind of stonework project you have planned, Rockstar Diamond has the stone cutting tools you need. Browse our selection today and see the difference a diamond blade can make.