Introduction • When you are on a construction project, be it residential or commercial, exterior flooring or paving grab a significant amount of your budget and proportional promises to returns in terms of décor as well as property value in the long run. Backyard Patio is an essential part of most homes. Façade with a porch is an inevitable tradition, which we used to follow in order to improve entrance experiences. • With the advent of construction technologies and material options, exterior paving becomes a big concern for owners, contractors, masons, and the entire manufacturing to distribution and supply chain. However, it also has increased the level of confusion and decision paralysis to select flooring materials for your exterior applications.
Natural Stone Flooring Pros and Cons • When we go to compare one construction material with others, we must take logical approaches and adopt scientific views. Therefore, I am going to place some stone properties in general, such as • Water Absorption Rate:
Natural Stone Flooring Pros and Cons • Coefficient of Friction • Physical properties of natural stones in a nutshell:
No.1 – Sturdy Material • We know natural stones have a hardness between 3 to 4 Mohr’s scales. It means it hard and tough material suitable for exterior applications where foot traffic is high and wears& tear is expected. Natural stone hardly breaks or cracks easily; it is thanks to its high compressive strength. No.2 – Durable Choice • Natural stones used in exterior applications have low porosity, vitreous, and weather resistance. Therefore, it stays for a longer period compared to other paving solutions, perhaps for centuries. It hardly fades in color and appearance, instead natural wears & tears enhance its natural appeals more.
No.3 – Natural Beauty • Natural stones have grains, veins, patterns, and unique colors. The amalgamation of all renders it unique material with natural beauty that we love to stare all time with triggered imagination. No.4 – Weather Resistance • The majority of natural stones are heat and frost resistant. Low water absorption and porosity render them water resistant material. Thus, stones remain cool during the hot summer months. Snowfalls and very cold climate cannot break or crack the surfaces of stones easily.
No.5 -Low Wears & Tears • By properties, stones are hard and dense material to withstand against high foot traffic areas of outside spaces. Frequent cleaning and washing hardly affect the look-n-feel of stones. Sunlight, rains, and frost cannot fade the natural beauty of stones No.6 -Diversity • Do you look a diversity in colors, grain size, grain style, veins, patterns, and styles to create unique layouts, natural stones have everything you can expect. Stones have each piece unique so give freedom to your eyes and mind to get bored or trapped in repetition.
No.7–Easy Maintenance • Natural stones mostly come in big size slabs or tiles attached to each other with grout filling material. Therefore, sealing with chemical sands/cement or solutions prevent the growth of weeds easily. Moreover, you can replace damaged slabs or tiles quickly with low efforts and expense. No.8–Enhance Property Ratings • Natural stones believe a luxury in the construction industry when high-quality stones applied with beautiful design and gorgeous looks. • It increases the reselling value of properties. Low maintenance and natural beauty of stones tempt buyers to put the stamp of choice immediately to your property decorated with natural stones.
No.9–Hygienic Option • Stones surfaces with proper finishing never retain dirt, liquids, and hazardous material. Cleaning and washing of stones are easy and low effort job with good tools. Therefore, bacteria, virus, and fungus-like threats never get permanent shelter where natural stones have laid with proper installation methods and regular maintenance practices prevailing. No.10–Cost-effective • With the advent of quarrying and shipping technologies, all kinds of natural stones are available at any corner of the world. Cutting and finishing technologies have reduced the price tags of stone considerably.
Types of Natural Stones Available at Word of Stones, the USA for Exterior Flooring/Paving Applications
Flagstone Granite Slate Sandstone
Limestone Travertine Marble
Summary • Apart from these, World of Stones USA keep a big inventory of a variety of stones customized for different exterior applications. Now, it is up to you that what makes sense for your exterior natural stone application projects. Our consultants offer free services to guide you properly.
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