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How is the stone quarried?
The stone in our quarry is worked largely by hand. After the bedrock is wedged from the bluff
ledge, it is broken down into large stones and split along its natural seams with a hammer and
splitter. Some large rocks with interesting character are left as is or worked into custom products like
monuments, stone benches, and capstones. The rest of the rock is split, sorted, and stacked onto
How is sandstone formed?
The sandstone being quarried is thought to be from the Roubidoux formation of Ordivician-age rock
(about 450 million years old). It formed under water from settled sediments in a shallow inland sea.
Will the stone's color fade?
Our sandstone, like most stone, is subject to weathering. If left to the elements, colors will fade to
grays and browns.
Vertical stone work ages slower than exposed flat work. If your stone project is outdoors and you
want to retain the original color of the stone, consider sealing your finished project with a water
How big are the individual stones?
Individual stone sizes vary from 6 to 24 inches wide. An average stone is one square foot.
See the Price List for ranges in thickness.
How much stone is on a pallet?
Regardless of layer thickness, 20 cubic feet of stone weighing about 1.25 ton (2500 lbs) is stacked on
Which flagstone thickness should I choose for my project?
thickness you choose will depend on the project you're planning, your physical fitness, and whether
or not you will mortar the stones in, etc.
Can you deliver?
Yes we can. We can deliver your stone order to you, usually for less than normal freight charges on
small loads. For loads of 7 or more pallets we can arrange freight for you. If you prefer to pick up
your stone order, we will load your pallets on to your truck or trailer free of charge.
How long will I wait for my stone?
If we don't have what you're looking for on-hand, your order will be filled on a first-come
first-serve basis. Wait times can vary from a few days to several weeks based on the size of your
order and the desired color and thickness of stone.
What color is the stone?
The stone comes in a range of earth tones from dark red and orange to grey, tan and buff white.
See Photo Gallery.
Patios and Walkways - Flat stone work ranges from folks placing stepping stones directly on
the ground to fully mortared projects like pool surrounds. Most of our customers use our two
Thin stone sizes for patios and walkways. When choosing between Thin (1.5-2in) and Thin
(2-3in) keep in mind that the Thin (2-3in) has larger, stronger pieces while the Thin (1.5-2in)
may be a little easier to handle. If you're topping an existing concrete slab and mortaring
stones together, any of our stone thicknesses can be used.
Stacked Walls/Retaining Walls - Any stone thickness can be used for stacked walls, but the
most important factor for a stacked wall is the volume of rock to be used. Each of our pallets
contain the same volume of rock, so the thicker the rock you use the less expensive your
finished wall will be.
To figure out the volume of rock you need, multiply the wall length by the average wall
height by the wall depth.
Example: A 20 ft long 2 feet high wall that is stacked 1 foot deep = 20ft x 2 ft x 1 ft = 40 cu ft
Veneer - All stone thicknesses can be used for veneer on a wall. On structures with a 4-6 inch
brick ledge, our Thick (3-4in) stone is a popular choice. On projects where you want to keep
weight and price at a minimum our Super Thin(1-1.5in) and Ultra Thin(0.5-1in) are excellent
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