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Building Stones

Building stone is any kind of stone that is used to construct building or retaining walls. Building stones are categorized as sandstones, limestones, fieldstones, granites and river rock.  Most full-thickness building stones for masonry walls are 4″ – 6″ thick although this varies from stone to stone.

Tumbled Frontier thumb 6719Sandstones

Sand was generated in enormous quantities worldwide as erosion ground down many generations of mountain ranges.  Because of the great variety of environments in which they were created, sandstones are available in a wide range of colors, shapes, and textures.

Pilgrim Limestone 19221 thumbLimestones

Limestones, and a modified form called dolomite, were deposited in reefs, lagoons, and as fine-grained calcium carbonate sediment (chalk) on the ocean floor. Most limestones are light-colored (light gray, buff, tan) with textures that range from very dense and fine grained to coarse-textured and fossil rich.

Prairie Fieldstone 6623 thumbFieldstones

Fieldstones can consist of any type of rock. They are collected from at or near the surface and are usually weathered and sometimes covered with lichens.

Corinthian Granite (Split-face) Granites and Quartzites

Granite, gneiss (pronounced “nice”), and quartzite are crystalline igneous and metamorphic rocks. Although they vary greatly in appearance, they are generally the hardest and most durable of masonry stones.

River Rock

River rock is cobble-to-boulder-size stone that has been rounded by transport in a river or stream. The best river rock has some flat surfaces and angles so that it stacks well, minimizing joint widths and forming good corners.

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