Home builders have a massive range of choice when it comes to materials. Creating a beautiful home to grow old in may be your first priority, but as a builder, you should also be thinking of how to manage your environmental impact.
Many architects are 'going green,' as environmental concerns become increasingly prevalent. Modern designers know materials don't need to be laden with chemicals in order to last for ages. Here are three reasons natural stone is the perfect choice for building a home that's enduring, gorgeous and eco-friendly.
Natural stone boasts an impressive lifecycle
Wood rots, vinyl fades and cracks, and bricks chip easily. Unlike inferior building materials, natural stone has an incredibly long lifecycle. How long? Think Machu Picchu, Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza.
Unlike inferior building materials, natural stone has an incredibly long lifecycle.
This not only saves you money by eliminating the need to replace materials as they become unusable or unattractive, but it's also much more environmentally sound because you won't need to source or purchase replacement products.
Natural stone is – well, natural
Unlike stained timber or caustic plaster, nothing that is potentially dangerous to you or the earth needs to be added to natural stone in order for it to be ready to use. If you want tiled floors, natural stone is your only sustainable choice. Other tiles are made of toxic materials in polluting factories, while high quality natural stone can be used right out of the ground.
Natural stone requires little maintenance
Good natural stone is already sealed and requires little maintenance. This saves homeowners time and money, but it also means you won't need to use harmful chemicals. Consider a back patio or deck – if you build it out of timber, you'll need to stain/oil it every two to three years and such products frequently contain hydrocarbons, alkanes, glycol ether and corrosives that are bad for you, bad for Mother Earth.
But it's not all sourced the same…
Builders need to know, however, that if you don't choose high quality stone, you won't reap any of the 'green' benefits. There are varying degrees of quality stone, and different sourcing methods as well. If you use a second-rate product, you'll find yourself needing to replace your stone or use chemical sealants to make it last.
At BauMart Natural Stone, we source only the best natural stone and we only work with suppliers who use environmentally conscious quarrying and extraction practices. Get in touch with our knowledgeable team today to find out more about why natural stone is the perfect material for your next project.