Stone can be used both inside and outside the home. It is suitable for all styles of homes, and is commonly used to link indoors to outdoors, as well as to achieve continuity in design, color, and texture. Stone can be natural or lightweight. Lightweight stone is man made and is a great option as it is lighter than natural stone. It is easily installed, more readily available, and cheaper than real stone. Stone also comes as cladding that can be used to accent retaining walls, pillars, feature walls, and water features both inside and outside of the home. It is made from natural stone and is available in a range of colors, allowing for design flexibility.
Stone can be used as kitchen counter tops, for bathroom renovations including vanity tops, for walls in wet areas, and as flooring. It can be used for building, tiles, paving and retaining walls. Natural stone is available as marble, granite, slate, sandstone, and blue stone. Reconstituted stone is man made and is popular because it comes in a large range of colors, is very hygienic, and does not stain easily. Your choice should depend on your application and your budget.
PROS AND CONS OF STONE WORK:
The advantages of utilizing stone includes comfort benefits as well as aesthetically pleasing factors. On the exterior of a building stone improves heating benefits during cold nights, as well as more heat resistant advantages during hot summer days. Stone has lower maintenance costs because there is no need for it to be painted. A structure built in stone will not only look strong, it will be strong.
The disadvantages of stone structures would include attention to foundation, since heavy stones are utilized in construction. Typically, a surface of reinforced concrete stands to be the foundation of such projects. Some stones such as marble and granite have disadvantages in that they stain easily. Stone is also the most expensive form of masonry.
- Stone is resistant to fire, earthquakes, and sound.
- Stone homes require less insulation than other building materials.
- Stone limits moisture penetration and is resistant to mold growth.
- The Great Pyramid of Giza uses 2,300,000 blocks of stone.