Stone veneer is a popular choice for interior and exterior projects ranging from fireplace surrounds and backsplashes to gates, fencing and retaining walls. There are a number of faux products on the market that provide the look of stone veneer, but only 100% natural limestone veneer provides the nature-made versatility and durability that ensures a lifetime of beauty and performance.
Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement or unify a building with its surroundings, the landscape material you choose is instrumental in setting the appropriate tone for residential and commercial projects.
By 2022, the international limestone market is projected to quarry more than 5 billion tons of limestone to meet global demand. The Asian-Pacific region continues to significantly outpace similar markets in other countries due in part to the region’s steady economic growth, real estate investment upticks and subsequent construction boom. These countries are also well-established exporters to wholesale distributors across the world, including North America, based largely on price point and availability.
In recent years, home construction and remodeling projects are trending toward the inclusion of natural materials. Interior applications once reserved for precast stone and other faux elements are now adorned with durable and beautiful limestone.
Often conceived to last a lifetime, many commercial and government structures are erected from limestone. The iconic status of many U.S. buildings and monuments — the Pentagon, the Empire State Building, the Lincoln Memorial — is a testament to the durability of limestone.
Versatile and naturally captivating, limestone is often the go-to building material for adding an organic element to residential and commercial spaces. Certain grades, particularly Type III dolomitic limestone, are also prized for their durability which makes them all the more ideal for wall panels, veneers, pool coping, flooring, fireplace facades, etc.
As the weather warms, thoughts turn to beautifying outdoor spaces with signature landscape elements like retaining walls.
Similar to limestone and marble, travertine has a storied history as a plentiful, beautiful and durable natural building material. Constructed from travertine in 80 A.D., the Roman Coliseum speaks to the stone’s longevity. More recently, architects of the 20-year old Getty Center in Los Angeles chose travertine for visual appeal that rivals the priceless artwork it houses.
Before spec’ing materials for a residential or commercial project, many architects assume that the inherent toughness of natural stone make it a nearly universal good fit. While it can be, the unique characteristics and capabilities of natural stone dictate the application, structural design required to support it, longevity and a myriad of other considerations an architect must address before materials are spec’d and throughout the project.
Our booth at the NAHB 2018 International Builders’ Show® (IBS) gave us a rare opportunity to hear a number of perspectives about natural stone. While we recently shared key takeaways from the IBS, there are several more sustained or emerging commercial and residential design trends that architects, contractors and homeowners are partnering with Eden-Valders Stone to accomplish.