June 5, 2014
Why Use Natural Stone?
As the premier construction material, natural stone is held in high regard because it reflects unique character, stability, and grandeur-qualities each lover of stone embodies. Its variations in color, pattern, and texture are impossible to replicate, making natural stone more visually interesting, and because it comes from the earth, its eco-friendly composition makes it the natural choice.
Benefits of Natural Stone...
Natural stone exists in such a broad range of colors, patterns, finishes and textures. Think back to when you were a child and found different colored stones that you wanted to take home because of how beautifully unique they were. The diversity you can get, and what you can do with it aesthetically is about as varied as your imagination. No matter what your vision, natural stone will paint it into reality.
Just as the Parthenon, Stonehenge, and the Pyramids have lasted for centuries, you too can set your legacy in stone. Frame it permanently with the timeless personal touch that only comes from using natural stone. When you build genuinely, you capture an emotional connection to those buildings and monuments that carry a great deal of meaning because people look to them for history, tradition, and to tell the stories of mankind through the ages.
What’s more earth friendly than the earth itself? Natural stone is non-toxic and lasts a lifetime. No chemicals go into its quarrying or fabricating. It is pure, and therefore void of any foreign substance that might be harmful to the earth or to your health.
Nothing can emulate nature’s creativity. Because natural stone is quarried from the earth and not man-made, it is improbable to ever find exactly matching tiles or slabs. One slab may even look different from end to end. Many things affect the ultimate graining and coloration of natural stone including underground springs, mineral deposits, earth shifts, temperature, natural solutions in the earth, and pressure these elements receive over time. There is no way to duplicate these naturally occurring factors in a laboratory.
You wouldn’t design a project to be a weak imitation of existing structures. Likewise, you want your works to stand out, to reflect your passion, your taste, and your personality. Natural stone is a one-of-a-kind building material that sets you apart from others because it can’t be mimicked, manufactured, or faked. It is for those with imagination that never expires.
Making your individual mark on the world is now much more affordable than it used to be because stone quarrying and processing technology has improved. New automated machinery allows fabricators to cut natural stone thinner, at less cost, and more consistently than in times past. It is also more affordable because transportation is cheaper, and the development of new anchorage systems makes installation easier, quicker, and more secure. In addition, natural stone is simple to care for and durable, so your investment lasts a lifetime.
Natural stone ages beautifully. Fears you may have about accidentally ruining it are really unnecessary. Certainly, performing proper care and maintenance is prudent, but unlike almost every other building material, stone does not decay. Rather, its natural beauty only enhances through years of use.
The more it ages, the faster a “patina,” or light sheen on the surface, develops. The “patina” also helps prevent staining. If your stone somehow happens to stain, it can be repaired in almost every case. However, just like birthmarks, wrinkles or freckles highlight a person’s genuine qualities, when stone is stained, cracked or pitted, those marks add character, and it becomes an even more unique reflection of life.
LIMESTONE MATERIAL FACT SHEET
Ernie’s Two Cents
Project Schedules and Lead Times..when we quote a project, we always give a lead time. This lead time is based on receipt of approved drawings/tickets and/or sequencing. We expect a reasonable amount of time to complete shop drawings (sometimes the wait is short, sometimes it is not..), once we receive the drawings back approved, we ticket the project immediately and put it into the fabrication schedule.
At certain times of the year, we can shorten that lead time. It is logistically impossible for us to keep up with 30+ project sites (they are cutting this road in, they need to pour concrete.. they need to install windows..you get the point). While we do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs, sometimes it is just not always possible. During these busy summer/fall months (yes, we know everyone wants to close up their projects before winter) rest easy that we are working at capacity and doing everything we can to complete your order in a timely fashion.
You may not always like our answer, but it will be a straight forward one.
Indiana Cut Stone Order Process Information
Our project spotlight this month is the Springville Public Library in Springville, Utah. The mason on the library was Wright Masonry in Salem, UT and the project managers were Larry and Gavin Wright.