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Benefits of Using Stone In Construction

Benefits of Using Stone In Construction

Stone was one of the first materials used in the construction of various structures, and there’s a reason it continues to be used today.  It’s durable, weather-resistant, and beautiful.  Stone can be used in a variety of different projects and can lend itself to both rustic and modern designs.

Types of Stone

There are many different kinds of stone to choose from.  Here are some types of stone to consider.

  1. Granite - Very hard and durable.  Very resistant to cold and normal weathering.
  2. Basalt - Weather resistant and impervious to moisture.  Has a rough, uneven surface.
  3. Sandstone - Fairly soft, making it easy to carve and shape for creative accents.
  4. Slate - Commonly used for roofing projects.
  5. Limestone - Generally used for flooring, roofing or pavements.  Relatively soft.
  6. Marble - Often used as flooring or for stairs and ornamental purposes.  Least porous, and can be polished until it gleams!
  7. Quartzite - Fine and coarse grain.  Often tan in color.

Sophisticated Appearance

The use of stone in your exterior and interior projects can add an element of sophistication you may not find with brick or wood.  Lately, we’ve seen a resurgence of stone-based projects that are updating older spaces and offering newer spaces a touch of cozy class.

Upgrading your kitchen to include a stone backsplash or accent wall is a great way to add value and bring the outdoors inside.  And stone flooring offers an elegance that can’t be achieved with concrete or tile.  As mentioned, stone is durable, and can be easier to clean than some other surfaces, especially for households with pets or young family members!  Stone takes spills and scuffs like the champion material it is.

Adding stone facing to an existing fireplace is a simple and relatively inexpensive way of adding rustic warmth to your living room.  Or, if you have an outdoor patio, adding a fireplace or stone firepit extends your livable space in both warm and cold seasons.

From exterior finishes to backyard walkways, stone can enhance the appeal of any area of your home.

Durable

Stone is durable and is ideal for exterior projects where fire-resistant material is necessary.  As one of the oldest building materials, stone easily withstands the test of time.  Not only is it available in an infinite array of shapes, sizes, and colors, it also has high thermal mass, and is great at keeping homes cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.  Stone is also resistant to rot and pests, making it ideal for homes and other buildings that are located in cool, wet environments, or in places where certain types of pests are common.

Stone is a great investment for those who want to protect and enjoy the beauty of their home and outdoor spaces for years to come.

Weather Resistant

Stone is a low-maintenance material that is weather-resistant and holds up well to wind, rain, and other elements.  Take the pyramids for example:  Aside from their sheer size, these massive stone monuments have survived the harsh desert climate of Egypt for over 4000 years!

As a result, stone ages well and does not require extensive upkeep or updating.  

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Natural Appearance

Stone’s natural appearance allows it to blend in well with a variety of other natural materials, including wood.  Stone rarely looks out of place in any environment, which makes it a great option for not only urban projects, but for buildings and other structures that are a little further off the beaten path.

Stone even comes in a variety of natural colors from pearly white, to dark slate gray and even black.  Part of stone’s beauty are in its natural imperfections and in the randomness of patterns and striations.

Depending on the aesthetic you’re hoping to achieve with your project, stone can offer a natural and organic appearance other materials cannot. Because stone is a natural material, it blends seamlessly with your landscaping and works well for pathways, benches, fountains, garden walls, and more.

Recyclable And Sustainable

Unlike some building materials, natural stone is recyclable.  In the life-cycle of a building, wood, metals, or plastics may rot or degrade in such a way that renders them unusable beyond their intended purpose.  But because stone is so long-lasting and durable, it can be broken down into other materials, or even reused as-is.  Using older masonry for projects such as gardens or in the construction of a new house is a great way to not only add quaint charm but also to add a little bit of history into the life of your home.

And finally, Stone is sustainable.  No other materials go into creating natural stone.  It simply requires the energy to mine it, transport it, and shape it, which is the absolutely minimum of any construction material.

If you’re considering a project that involves stone, we recommend visiting us at one of our showrooms to determine what kind of stone is best for your needs.

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Posted by Michael Christie at 10:00 AM