We recently received an alarming letter from our friends at Marshalls. It stated that more than 50% of the Indian sandstone tested on the modern market fails to meet the British Standard. And that means that, when it comes to quality and durability, an awful lot of finished jobs just won’t cut it in the long term.
That’s why they’ve come up with the Marshalls Stone Standard: click here to read more about it in detail.
In a nutshell
If you haven’t got time to read all the details, the standard basically sets out three rules:
- The stone must have a maximum water absorbency of 1.7%. Stone which takes on too much water is far more likely to take on that unsightly green tinge of algae over time.
- The stone must have a flexural strength of at least 12.9 mpa. The higher the number here, the better. It basically indicates the strength of the stone. Choose stone which falls beneath this standard and it’s far more likely to crack or break over time.
- The stone must be frost resistant. Repeated frosts can cause stone to break and fall apart, and that’s something worth considering in our famously chilly British climate. In order to meet the standard, the stone must show no more than 10% reduction in flexural strength after 56 freeze and thaw cycles and a visual inspection rating of ‘0’.
In addition, every Marshalls Stone Standard product will display the Fairstone mark for ethical reassurance.
Quality in every job
At Anthony Read, we love to deliver long-lasting results for our customers. And that’s why we’ll never scrimp on the quality of the products we’re using. We’ll offer you plenty of choice, but the products we work with always meet extremely high standards.
It’s the difference between something looking good for 6 months and looking pristine for 10 years or more.
So don’t cut corners on the quality of your stone; always look for the Marshalls Stone Standard seal of approval.