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How to Find the Right Architectural Stone Products
Zach Aura 2016-05-14
There are so many landscaping and home renovation products available on the market that for many homeowners, the most difficult thing about working on a new project is to make choices. When it comes to architectural stone products, for example, they are available in an impressive variety of colors, shapes, textures, and finishes.
Whether you are planning to work on your project on your own from start to finish, or you would like the help of an experienced designer or contractor, here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you choose the right architectural stone products for your project. Write down your answers, as they will help you make your final choice.
1. What is the project I have in mind?
The type of architectural stone products you need will vary depending on the type of project you want to work on. The stone you would use for a family room fireplace, for example, would need different characteristics than the stone you would use for a patio or a walkway.
There are many different types of architectural stone products on the market, but you can easily narrow down your options by deciding if you need exterior stone products or interior stone products.
2. What is the climate in my area?
If you are working on an outdoor project, you need to take the weather conditions of your area into account when choosing your stone products. If you want your landscaping project to last for years to come, you need to make sure it can easily withstand the elements. Stone products that feature water repellant and color fast properties might be the best choice to ensure the durability of your project.
3. Do I need durable stone?
Hard, soft or porous. Stone products have different textures and levels of durability. If you are looking for architectural stone products for a garden walkway, or any other surface that will be walked on repeatedly, make sure you choose durable stone.
Most architectural stone products are virtually maintenance-free, but some types of stone require a bit more maintenance than others. Keep this in mind when you make your choice.
4. What color can complement my home or landscape?
Next, think about the colors that are already present in your home and landscape. If other stone products are already there, think about their style, texture and finish. If you want your next project to blend in with the style and the theme of your home, search for stone products that match.
Of course, you could also decide to go for a different texture or a contrasting color, to create a unique design that will make your house stand out.
5. What are the differences between the stone products on the market?
Now that you know what your needs are, you have to start searching for the right architectural stone products to meet these needs. The internet is a good place to start your research, but you could also visit a home improvement store.
Learn what you can about the different lines of stone products that meet your needs, so you can develop a good idea of what you want and what you don't want.
6. Where can I find architectural stone products?
Finally, ask yourself what your different options are to purchase your stone products. Keeping your budget in mind, search online for an architectural stone products manufacturer, or see what your local home improvement stores can provide you with. Choose the best stone products for your needs, for your taste, and for your budget.