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.
As the weather warms, thoughts turn to beautifying outdoor spaces with signature landscape elements like retaining walls.
Sustainable building has been at the forefront of the construction industry for the past decade, due in large part to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® Green Building Rating System™.
The precision of cut stone projects make them a beautiful addition to a variety of commercial and residential settings. However, that same precision can quickly send timelines and budgets off course if stone tolerances aren’t clearly agreed to between contractor and customer upfront, or not met during installation.
The most practical definition of cut stone is “natural stone quarried and fabricated down to exact specifications.” While true, the definition doesn’t speak to cut stone’s intrinsic elegance — often the deciding factor in incorporating it into landscapes and building projects.
The Elements Blog is a valuable year round resource for advice and information about natural stone products and applications. Our blog has proven to be particularly popular with our readers in 2017, so we’re recapping the top four posts in this year-end roundup:
When exploring limestone options, you invariably hear about Type II and Type III limestone, and you may rightly assume that the higher the type number the better the limestone. But, what does “better” really mean in terms of quality and price?
You might not think there’s a huge difference in the pavers you choose for your pool or patio other than their price and appearance, but we’re here to tell you that’s not the case. Particularly when deciding between limestone, concrete, brick, and travertine pavers, each type provides different benefits, and differs in maintenance, durability, safety, and more. To help you decide which paver is the ideal fit for your next landscaping project, here’s a full breakdown of the four paver types listed above.
As the principal building material for landmarks from the ancient Great Pyramids to modern marvels like the Empire State Building, the enduring beauty and durability of limestone has reached across time and borders to preserve moments in history. Given its staying power, it’s no wonder that limestone is still the preferred choice for adding structure and elegance to commercial buildings and private residences.
Natural stone is among the most visually appealing building elements you can use, especially when you choose Type III Dolomitic Limestone for your building, landscape or cut stone project. It’s unique characteristics originate deep underground in regions of Wisconsin like Eden, Chilton, Oakfield and Valders, which are known for superior limestone, and the quarried product does not disappoint in areas you’re likely considering as you explore your stone options: