5 questions to ask when buying natural stone?
If you are looking for a sustainable material for your project or home that will save you money, time and resources in the long run, natural stone should be the material of your choice. Due to the wide variety of stone in terms of beauty, durability, recycling, low maintenance and availability in other parts of Iran, there is no project that stone can not upgrade.
The features mentioned in the stone make the stone an easy choice for our expectations.
Stone is a natural material and has been used for centuries for everything including sculptures, utensils, road construction, paving, buildings and tools. Designers, architects and builders are familiar with this strength and beauty and do not neglect the user in their projects.
Over the centuries, our nation discovered more stone mines and was able to extract, process and use more stones. These advances have also helped to improve the stone industry in reducing waste, increasing efficiency and extending the life of materials. Imagine in ancient times and ancient Egypt it took months for them to separate and carry a piece of rock from the mountain and put it on top of each other to build a building.
The choice of stone depends on various factors such as the aesthetics of the customer or homeowner, budget, intended use and technical requirements for a particular application.
Many items were simulated to stone, but none have the quality of natural stone. It starts by setting project goals and how they can be met with stone, then coordinates the selection, construction, completion, installation and maintenance methods that will help you achieve those goals.
The following questions can be a good start for choosing a stone:
1) What type of stone is it and what are its characteristics?
This question refers to the mineral composition of the rock. The most stable stone is a stone that is properly selected for a suitable place and has a long shelf life. Visit stone suppliers and factories (Upstone is ready for a free consultation with you dear ones) and the stone exhibition and talk about your project goals to get a better view. During this process, discuss the importance of sustainability and learn more about the stones that are available and that your criteria will estimate. Are you planning to use the stone externally or internally? What is the use of stone? How long do you want the stone to last? Is it available in the amount and time required for the project?
2) Is the stone easily scratched or stained?
This question refers to the difficulty and speed of stone absorption. These features are important to know if you have this stone for your most used feature such as flooring, countertops, toilets, labs and railings.
If you find a stone that really catches your eye but does not meet some of your criteria, ask if the stone can be compacted. Or can it be processed with resin or nano-coating و? To achieve the desired result.
3) What are the construction and completion options and how does it contribute to sustainability?
The method of construction and polishing you choose affects the final appearance of the material and how it works. There is a wide range of payroll, each with a different process and outcome.
Investigate what polishing method will help the stone you choose to be more durable, reduce weathering, increase resistance to abrasion, staining and scratches.
You can also change the look of your stone by paying for it.
4) What is the most optimal and stable installation method for the selected stone?
Depending on the substructure, grout, sealants, and slab and tile sizes, the methods used to install and set the stone vary. The installation method should increase the stone’s ability to withstand the weather and traffic.
The installation method and the materials used must be compatible with each other. Durable and low-maintenance materials are desirable in sustainable design. So pay attention to how the installation helps.
5) How can you best maintain the appearance and function of the stone?
Your last and most important goal should be the longevity and health of the stone. Stones are usually a low maintenance material, but if the grouts, adhesives, and sealants used to install them are not designed to last the life of the stone, the whole design may fail.
In addition, if harsh chemicals are used to clean and maintain the stone, the stone will become brittle and crack, reducing its lifespan.
Learn how to clean a stone to help it last longer.
The beauty and brilliance of the stone is maintained for a long time, but the stones also age in their own unique way and their original beauty is reduced, but their appearance is more stable than other materials.
The best project is one that, in addition to lasting its beauty, also maintains its beauty for many years, like the temples of Egypt.