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Green Aspects of Stone

There is no generally accepted data on the environmental impacts of using stone as a building material. Likely impacts relate to water and energy consumption, yields from raw materials, recyclability, and other measures that are considered in life cycle assessments, as well as energy used in transportation, processing, and selling the material.
Green Benefits of Stone:

  • Natural product
  • Enduring lifecycle
  • Easy to maintain
  • Recyclable
  • Quarry and manufacturing use best practices
  • Can be reclaimed

Natural stone is strong and stable to live with. It exudes a rich, organic, beautiful surface and has a confident, timeless “presence” in any room.

The formative process for natural stone began millions of years ago, deep beneath the surface of the earth.
A combination of heat and pressure created blocks of natural stone, including granite, marble, travertine, limestone, and slate. As the earth’s crust began to grow and erode, it pushed minerals up from its core, forming massive rock deposits, which we refer to as “quarries”.

Walk across a natural stone floor and tread on the same material quarried and constructed by ancient people of nobility and notoriety. From ancient monuments like the pyramids in Egypt and the majestic Greek and Roman temples, to the great civilizations of India and China, natural stone has been an important part of architecture throughout history. It is the world’s oldest building material — imagine its beauty and elegance in your new home or remodeling project.

During ancient times, natural stone was considered too opulent for average homes and was found only in temples, palaces, government buildings, or in the homes of the very wealthy. Today, natural stone quarries are found in many countries throughout the world such as Italy, China, Spain, India, Canada, Mexico and also here in the United States. Recent advances in the stone industry’s equipment technology have greatly impacted the process of extracting stone from the quarry and made it easier to install in a home.
And while it is typically more expensive than stone tile, natural stone will virtually always increase your home’s resale value. That’s another important consideration when shopping. Today, there is a large selection of natural stone to choose from. Modern tools can accomplish this with such speed and efficiency that now natural stone is accessible to all and is beloved for its durability, personality and aesthetics.