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What Are the Major Types of Stones Used in Building Construction?

Are you looking to build your dream home? Or, perhaps you wish to remodel a building you own? Whether it’s commercial or residential, you’ll be faced with a wide selection of building material choices! From sandstone house bricks to granite slabs or even the standard brick, it’s a tough decision to make

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Stone, of course, is always a safe and rewarding choice! In a world increasingly concerned about environmental decay, avoiding artificial substances like concrete to select natural sandstone bricks can be an admirable stand. Similarly, if you are looking to add installations to an open space, sandstone sculptures or marble statues may serve your purpose.

But, in such a situation, what are your options? Which natural stones are most commonly used? What are they used for? Let’s try to answer some of those questions.




This is one of the hardest natural stones available! When you need to build something with the durability and permanence of Wonder Woman’s shield, that’s when you turn to granite. You can’t damage it with heat, cannot scratch or stain it, and it’s virtually impossible to make its colour fade. Also, it doesn’t crack or chip and is super easy to maintain.

The unyielding, inflexible nature of the stone makes it a great stone for using as a kitchen countertop, monument-building or as flooring (both indoor and outdoor).

However, for the same reasons, it does not lend itself to sculpture! The dark tones of the granite usually used, restrict its use as home facades. This problem is eliminated with gentle-hued sandstone house bricks, as will shortly be seen!


One of the most popular stones. Even the Greeks and Romans used it for sculptures and fixtures!

It is, however, more of a luxury stone. It’s very ornamental but quite difficult to maintain. Marble can easily stain, scratch or get damaged. Especially when used outdoors, it is susceptible to the elements and can get weather stained.

Marble’s soft, translucent nature makes it a great stone for fine sculpture-work and other chiselled stone decors. Use this stone for enduring elegance, but not if you know your spaces are likely to be rough used!


By far the most popular building stone in Australia, this stone has been used here since colonial times!

Naturally available in large amounts, sandstone bricks have a uniform texture, are warmly coloured, and can be used for a variety of building purposes. Indeed, it’s not as hard as granite. Yet, being a sedimentary rock, it is anti-slip, which makes it a safer option for flooring.

Sandstone blocks can create extremely durable, no-maintenance retaining walls. Sandstone house bricks, on the other hand, are one of the best choices for your buildings.

The soft golden colour and natural, classic look make the stone very versatile and fit for any design idea. Australian sandstone is also highly weather-resistant, turning more beautiful with age. This makes the stone perfect for outdoor use, whether as part of the building structure or as sandstone sculptures in your lawn.

Having a relatively low carbon footprint for its production, sandstone house bricks are also the most eco-friendly option you’ll get.

If you’re looking to get started on a sandstone construction, Brisbane Rock Sales is here to help! We are a family-owned business based in Australia, and we can provide you with the best quality sandstone and other sandstone products.

Whether you’re looking for boulders, sculptures, bricks or seats, we’ve got what you need, within your budget. Call us on 07 3339 1546 to receive our top-class services!

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