If you’re planning to build a new home or make improvements to your current home, consider using natural stone. There are a number of benefits to incorporating stone into your next home or project. Because it is formed from within the earth, natural stone cannot be duplicated, only mimicked. While manufactured products may appear aesthetically pleasing, it’s typically easy to see upon closer inspection that they are artificial. They lack the one-of-a-kind quality of natural stone – a quality that cannot be reproduced.
Just look at the most prominent (and memorable) architectural masterpieces from around the globe – the pyramids in Egypt, medieval churches in Europe, the Coliseum in Rome. They are all crafted of natural stone. Imagine if these structures were instead built with man-made materials. The effect would not be the same.
Still not sure about using natural stone? Here are five rock-solid reasons to include natural stone in your new home or renovation.
- Variety / Uniqueness. Because natural stone is formed by geologic processes over thousands and even millions of years, no two stones are alike. Their varying colors, textures and intricate markings tell a unique story, making them an ideal way to express your personality in your home. Whether you use natural stone for a kitchen countertop, as a fireplace surround, or to create an outdoor entertaining space, the diversity of natural stone offers infinite design possibilities that are only limited by the imagination.
- Durability. Natural stone possesses an inherent durability not found in other building materials. Look at the oldest structures in the world. They’re made of stone and are still standing despite years of exposure to the elements. It’s also important to note that, unlike with synthetic products, natural stone tends to become more interesting and rich with character as it ages – meaning it will provide beauty and enjoyment for years to come. And, natural stone requires only minimal maintenance and upkeep.
- Green Attributes. Not only is stone a naturally occurring material, but – in contrast to some man-made materials – it is not manufactured using harmful chemicals that could potentially impact the environment or impair indoor air quality. In addition, it’s a naturally insulating material that can help keep down heating and cooling costs. Produced using environmentally sound processes, it’s also 100 percent recyclable and can be salvaged and re-used.
- Value. The value of natural stone extends far beyond the initial investment. When you figure into the equation longevity, durability and low maintenance requirements, natural stone can be a cost-effective option for both indoor and outdoor applications. It can also add value to your home when you sell it. Also keep in mind that, due to the wide variety of available stones, it is possible to find an option that fits your specific budget and design preferences.
- Timelessness. While particular colors and finishes may come in and out of fashion, natural stone is a classic material that will never go out of style. It creates a level of romance, authenticity and connection to nature not found with other products. It also infuses spaces with added depth and texture that is difficult to replicate. Chances are, it will remain a source of beauty within your home for generations to come.
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Content provided by MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute.