So often it can be daunting to design with natural stone, but rest assured this material is accessible to all clients of all budget ranges. The key is how you incorporate the stone veneer, not how much. Often times, tasteful accent walls that are well-placed on an exterior landscape wall, or interior corridor, can have maximum impact on a project. As you’re designing through your project, think about the interaction points between the inhabitants of this project and the structure itself.
The durability of natural stone veneer for exterior cladding is without question the number one reason architects have used natural stone as an exterior building product for millennia. Over time, however, even as building materials advanced, natural stone has continued to be the preferred choice for exterior cladding because of the way it grounds a project, ensuring that the project or structure “feels” organic and natural to those that interact with it. For example, this is emphasized most when walking across a path of natural stone pavers – the weight and solidness of the stone can be felt underfoot. As the most common building materials have become manufactured, and are no longer natural, they often lose this natural effect. That is purists like architects and designers, whether working on a residential or commercial project, have come to insist on using natural materials.
Steer clear of corrosive cleaning agents, salt, or other chemicals on your exterior stone installation as they may potentially harm the finish and color of the natural stone material. Sealing your installation with a water based, penetrating sealer post installation is good practice as it will guard the stone finish from contaminants over time.
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