We often discuss stonework maintenance and repair in our line of work, yet many homeowners in Glasgow may not be familiar with the various types of building stonework used in their homes. To shed light on this topic, we’ve compiled a list of the different stones commonly used for construction across Scotland. With over 35 years of experience, we possess strong expertise in each type, having worked on stonework repairs for historic buildings, bungalows, townhouses, and more throughout Glasgow.

  1. Sandstone: Sandstone has been a popular choice for building construction throughout Glasgow’s history. Found in masonry works, historic bridges, river walls, and many of the city’s iconic buildings, sandstone comes in various colors such as grey, red, brown, yellow, dark grey, and white. While it offers aesthetic appeal, sandstone requires proper maintenance due to its soft and easily weathered nature. Blonde and Red Sandstone are commonly used in historic Glasgow buildings.
  2. Granite: Renowned in Aberdeen, granite is an exceptionally hard and durable stone with a low absorption rate, making it resistant to frost and weathering.
  3. Slate: Although commonly associated with roofing, slate stone can also be found in paving slabs and pavements.
  4. Limestone: While not suitable for building structures, limestone is ideal for flooring, pavements, and as a base material in cement mixtures.
  5. Marble: Reserved for grand entranceways and hallways in finer historic buildings, marble is a strong stone known for its polish and decorative features.
  6. Brick: The most prevalent building material, brick is used in walls, paths, and other structures. Made of clay-bearing soil, sand, and lime.

For nearly four decades, we’ve been meticulously restoring stonework in homes across Glasgow, demonstrating our expertise, care, and attention to detail. Our ‘ace’ up our sleeve lies in our combination of skills and our ‘difficult access’ team. Many buildings in Glasgow pose access challenges, such as tall spires, complex roofing angles, and narrow streets, making conventional scaffolding impractical. Our Rope Access team overcomes these obstacles, offering real cost savings compared to conventional methods.

If you’d like to learn more about our stonework repair services, please contact our Glasgow head office at 0141 944 6100 or email us at sales@balmore-ltd.co.uk.