Natural stones are one of the most preferred building materials that date back to ancient times. Natural stone is generally used in the fields of architecture and art. Being a symbol of trust, strength, and eternity, natural stone is a material that has been integrated to living spaces for centuries.
What is Natural Stone?
Natural stone, one of the oldest building materials, is shaped in nature over millions of years. It is a general word defined for each of the various stones of different origins.
The best-known varieties are granite, marble, and travertine. There are also natural stones that are obtained from nature and used in the jewelry industry. The most known and preferred are quartz, turquoise, amethyst, agate, amber, onyx. When it wants to be used as a building material; Products such as travertine, marble, granite, andesite, and basalt stand out
The physical properties of natural stones differ according to the quarry structure they are located in. While the sizes of the blocks extracted from the quarry are variable, natural stones do not have standard sizes. Therefore, plates of various sizes are provided from each different block. The available plates are measured according to the dimensions requested by the end-users. However, to be able to produce with the least waste, it will be appropriate to determine the size according to the size of the existing plates to reduce the cost.
What Are The Usage Areas Of Natural Stones?
Natural stones are with high abrasion and pressure resistance. For this reason, it is preferred to be used in many parts of the buildings. It can be used easily both outdoors and indoors. When it is desired to be used outdoors it needs to be brushed, sandblasted, or honed.
Applications are made in facade coatings, interior and exterior floors, wall coverings, skirting, column coverings, and stair steps. Natural stones are also seen in landscaping areas as cube stone flooring or dimensional material applications on walkways. In recent years, it is frequently demanded as decorative ponds and garden walls.
It does not contain any harmful substances, so it can be used safely on kitchen countertops. It is also used in the manufacturing of bathroom countertops, sinks, and shower trays in wet areas. It attracts a particular interest in home decoration as a coffee table, dining table, and ornamental objects. Different surface treatments such as the split face, brushing, polishing, tumbling, sandblasting, and honing can be applied according to the purpose and area of use.