The term sandstone refers to the sand sized (0.06 to 2.0 mm) class that is cemented together by other agents. Therefore, sandstone could be of any mineralogy, but the overwhelming majority of sandstones on the market are quartz-based. The durability and performance of sandstone is not as greatly influenced by the sand sized particles, as the cementing agent that binds these particles together influences it.
Many types of sandstone are used in cubic sections as sills, coping, water tables and other exterior features. Exterior cladding is also a common application, although this stone variety is typically used in thicker sections than other stone types due to lower bending strengths.
While sandstone has been used in both counter top and shower lining applications, the varieties that are suitable for these installations are limited.