Natural stone is regarded as a leading building material because it’s unique character, stability, and grandness. Variations in natural stone’s broad range of color, pattern, and texture are visually interesting and impossible to replicate. And, because it comes from the earth it is a natural choice.
DurabilityNatural stone exhibits a durability not found in other building materials. There is an emotional connection to buildings and monuments built in stone that carries a great deal of meaning due to enduring history and a legacy of mankind through the ages.
Natural dimensional stone including granite, marble, limestone, slate, and sandstone possess innate characteristics that contribute toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or LEED intended construction. Consider stone’s low embodied energy, ready availability as a naturally occurring material, no off-gases to impair indoor air quality, high thermal capacitance, and exceptional durability for low maintenance and structural permanence.
The value in natural stone is more than a monetary measure. It involves longevity, ease of maintenance, permanence, and stability that far exceed initial investment. Utilizing natural stone is now more affordable than ever due to advanced stone quarrying and processing technology. New automated machinery allows fabricators to cut natural stone thinner, faster, more consistently and at less cost than in times past. Development of anchoring technologies and systems make installation easier, quicker, and more secure. In addition, natural stone is simple to care for, has an appearance that literally improves with age and can last a lifetime.