There are a thousand different uses for stone within landscaping; maybe you’re rebuilding an outside wall, or maybe you plan to add the stone to a natural walkway or driveway – and when you’re choosing stone, you’ll be made to choose between either natural stone or manufactured stone for your project.
Landscaping: Natural Stone or Manufactured Stone: Which is Better?
Here’s what you should know about using natural versus manufactured stone for your building project – and what could be be best for yours.
What is Natural Stone?
Natural stone is just what it sounds like: Stone veneers have been cut and shaped from real, natural stone – usually it undergoes minimal treatment apart from the basic shaping that gets it to a rough, usable form.
It can have a more rugged look than created forms of stone, and it can be a little heavier – but in some cases, that’s exactly what you’re looking for.
Natural stone has flaws that are unique and individual to that piece of stone; it’s the same way that certain slabs of wood have flaws in the wood. It’s what makes it unique, and it’s a huge part of why natural stone is better for some projects than manufactured stone.
What is Manufactured Stone?
Manufactured stone has been created instead of removed from natural environments. Usually, it’s a combination of concrete materials and others – and yes, sometimes trace amounts of natural stone might be made part of manufactured stone, but it’s never the core component.
Manufactured stone is strong and light, but doesn’t stand up to the elements for as long as you can expect natural stone to last. This doesn’t make it a bad choice, just a different one.
With manufactured stone, you’ll notice things that look like the same flaws you’ll find in natural stone – but on closer examination, the flaws in manufactured stone are artificial, and might sometimes appear obvious if it’s laid wrong.
- Cost: There isn’t all that much of a difference between the cost of natural stone or manufactured stone; larger projects will be more expensive no matter which of the two you’re using.
- Durability: When it comes to durability, it’s natural stone that comes out on top when we’re talking about withstanding the elements. Natural stone will have been withstanding rain and sun for thousands of years by the point they end up in your building project – and they’ll continue to do just that if you take proper care of them.
What’s really best? Well, as you can see – it depends on the kind of look you want to project, and just how much work you’d like to put in to get it.
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