The Villamonte sandstone is a yellowish beige, even rock that adds elegance and simplicity to any room. Its main uses are for exterior and interior lining, exterior pavements and stonework. The Villamonte sandstone is extracted in Montealegre del Castillo, in the province of Albacete, where they are able to obtain big blocks of rock.

This natural stone is perfect for constructions that have to stand the wear of extreme weather conditions. It’s made up of very string materials that don’t erode, like quartz, mica, feldspar, oxides and other rock fragments resistant to weathering. Its essential that it case-hardens, otherwise it would just be considered sand. The classification of this natural stone is based on the type of grain it contains: arkose, feldspar sandstone, quartz arenite, greywacke (rocks with over 15% of matrix materials) and lithic arenites (rocks formed by rock fragments).

This material is known for the exclusivity that it brings to any building given that because of the rock’s formation process each piece is different and unique. The surface refined color is the combined result of the original sandstone grains, the cement and all the exterior factors that have influenced its creation during thousands of years. The Villamonte sandstone’s natural aesthetic gives grace and class to any lining.

Villamonte Sandstone - Stone Cross

For example, there are other types of sandstones called siliceous sandstones that go well with reddish stones with greenish hues. Others are made of marine fossils and even of fossils from continental drift, althougth these last ones are very rare.If you choose to use this natural stone in your project you should know that it’s considered a unique raw material.

If you want to include the Villamonte sandstone or any other natural stone in your custom-made Project please don’t hesitate to contact Stone Cross. At Stone Cross we have been offering exlucive designs , whether in private residences or commercial buildings, for over 20 years.

Sand formation

Before sandstone forms there must be a slow sand formation process during whith it acquires all the properties that we’ll be able to enjoy later. This formation can happen in many different environments, but their essential common factor is that they must allow sedimentation. Some of the places where this process can start and take place are alluvial fans, rivers, seabeds, deserts or lakes.

The main factors that allow this transformation from sand to natural stone through the transportation of the grains are water, wind and other mass movements caused by gravity. In spite of the large amount of sandstones that we can find in natural habitats and in different architectonic constructions, they don’t usually gather on rock formations, but rather settle on very specific spots surrounded by other rocks. This way they can collect endless nuances and qualities from different elements that are hard to find in any other type of material.

Sandstone for construction

Sandstone is the second most common sedimentary rock on the Earth’s crust after lutites, which is one of the reasons why it’s so common in construction. It also has many great qualities for this activity depending on the type of sandstone, like the following:

Siliceous Sandstone

This natural stone usually has a grey or white color and it’s resistant enough to stand all kinds of weather conditions, which makes it very convenient to use on different types of constructions. Another example of this type of stone is the burr stone, mainly used to build millstones.

Sand Limestone

Molasse belongs to this type of sandstone and has a color in between whiteish yellow and pale Green. You must be careful with this material because it’s not too resistant: harsh weather conditions can damage it, specially in industrial cities, it can also produce effervescence due to acids and also heats up with fire.

Clay Sandstone

Its colors can go from yellow and red to beige.  It’s a soft stone, with hardly any resistance, which means it shouldn’t be used in construction. Among its qualities we can point out its porosity and absortion,  which make it sensitive to humidity.

Slate Sandstone

This type of sandstone is very common on roofs. It has a laminar structure and its colors  range in between black and blue.

Marl Sandstone

This material is is soft, not too resistant, and usually has light colors, mainly yellowish tones.

Ferruginous Sandstone

The ferruginous sandstone is a material containing iron oxide, which gives it its brownish red color. This stone is highly valued because of its resistance, among other great qualities.

If you wish to carry out a custom-made Project with natural stone don’t hesitate to contact Stone Cross using the form we provide on our website.

Whatever your stone requirements, we look forward to hearing from you.



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