The Many Reasons to Use Natural Stone
Modern building materials that dominate commercial and residential building markets are often full of chemicals, plastics, and other harmful substances. And yet, we continue using them, in spite of the global outcry over climate change
Even those building materials that boast of how recyclable they are may end up in a landfill. After all, have you ever seen a demolition crew neatly separate and sort its debris?
And even if those building materials were commonly recycled, recycling still has an end-game that includes waste leading to the landfill, where it breaks down into a sea of pollutants that leech into the surrounding environment.The reality is that it’s time to stop passing the buck on climate change, and both commercial and home builders need to consider truly environmentally-friendly building materials, like natural stone.
Natural Stone Last Almost Forever
In today’s litigious world, we wouldn’t want to say that natural stone will last forever–although there’s enough evidence to support the claim that it could.
It was the durability, endurance, and engineering flexibility of using natural stone building materials that allowed so many ancient landmarks to stand the test of time. The Great Pyramids of Egypt, Taj Mahal, Lincoln Memorial (made of Georgia Marble from Tate) and the Mayan city of Tikal are just a handful of examples.
No Synthetic Ingredients in Natural Stone
It comes from the Earth, and can be used in its unadulterated form. Its 4.6 billion years old. Does not contain Polyester Resin, Fire retardants, VOC`s, artificial colors among other chemicals. choosing a natural stone for your countertop you know where it came from.
To have counter top that is old as the Earth is pretty cool.
Natural Stone is Affordable
Natural stone once had a reputation for being expensive — but that is changing rapidly with new developments in its procurement process.
Efficiencies have been gained through the effective use of modern technologies, and quite often natural stone can be sourced locally, which also helps to bring down its cost.
Today some of Granite and Marble are more affordable than Engineered Stone.
Natural Stone Can Be Salvaged,
Reused, and Recycled
As noted earlier, recycling isn’t a solution for most materials, it’s a band aid to a larger problem. In some cases, it’s more ‘greenwashing‘ than anything — clever marketing to make the wrong choice feel easier to make.
However, when you recycle natural stone, it’s still stone. It can be recycled many more times than plastic, too. Unlike Engineered Stone (quartz counter tops) or other harmful materials, stone won’t hurt the earth when it returns to it.
Additionally, natural stone has been salvaged from buildings hundreds or thousands of years old and reused in modern buildings — structural integrity intact.
Natural Stone Ages Well
Whereas many building materials become unsightly over the course of many years, natural stone retains a natural patina, which is not detrimental to its beauty. Many natural stones are like good wine. They only attain their full elegance with advancing years. Natural stone can also be cleaned easily and inexpensively. Even centuries-old floor coverings can be ground, polished, and restored to their natural condition. The lifetime of natural stone is extremely long. With the right planning and construction, buildings of natural stone have been known to survive for many thousands of years
Natural Stone Fascinates
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Natural stone is a natural product whose individual properties are determined by the type and bonding of the minerals comprising the natural stone. Natural stone holds an outstanding position among all building materials: components of natural stone are unique specimens that can be combined with each other and with any other materials. Natural stone is no uniform industrial product…it shows the history of its origin