Technical Data Sheet
Fletcher Bank Sandstone
Fletcher Bank Quarry
Southowram, Halifax, West Yorkshire. HX3 9SY
Contact : Marshalls Natural Stone Division
Email : [email protected]
Website : www.marshalls.co.uk
Tel : 01422 306000 Fax : 01422 306197
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Compiled May 2000
This data sheet was compiled by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). It is based on data from current tests at BRE (2000). The data sheet was compiled in May 2000. The work was carried out by BRE as part of a Partners in Technology Programme funded by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and Marshalls Mono Ltd. and does not represent an endorsement of the stone by BRE.
Fletcher Bank is a buff to grey , fine to medium grained sandstone from the Millstone Grit series of Carboniferous age.
Expected Durability and Performance
It is important that the results from the individual tests are not viewed in isolation. They should be considered together and compared to the performance of the stone in existing buildings and other uses. Sandstone is traditionally acknowledged as generally being a very durable building and paving stone and has been used extensively in many towns and cities in the UK. Fletcher Bank sandstone appears to be a durable stone that will have good resistance to acid rain or air pollution. The negligible weight loss in the sodium sulphate crystallisation test indicates high resistance to salt damage (for example in coastal locations or from de-icing salts). From the frost test the stone should have limited frost resistance. The compressive and flexural strength of the stone is mid-range for a sandstone and is comparable to many other sandstones. The density and compressive strength indicate that the stone should be suitable for use in heavily trafficked areas.
Overall, Fletcher Bank should be suitable for use in most aspects of construction including flooring, paving, load bearing masonry and cladding. Special consideration is required for areas where a long service life is needed in very cold climatic conditions. The stone is traditionally used for walling.
Test Results – Fletcher Bank Sandstone
(Test methods Note 1 = EN1341, Note 2 = EN 1342, Note 3 = EN 1341 /BRE 141, Note 4 = BRE 141)
Tests were carried out at BRE in 1997. N.D. = not determined