Natural stone is gaining terrain in modern architecture. Slate, limestone, sandstone, marble or granite are some of the materials that stand out in a trend that, precisely thanks to its variety, has already transcended the first uses in rustic architecture, being one of the most used coatings on the facades, either in its entirety or coating outer columns.
The stone has properties that other materials do not count on, which provides added value when you bet on its installation. In this sense, one of the great advantages that comes with the use of natural stone in facades is its hardness,its resistance to time, without requiring any maintenance. This product has become one of the maximum exponents of sustainable architecture, given that its useful life exceeds that of the buildings in which it is integrated.
This type of coatings withstands with great solvency the inclemency of the weather (rain, changes of temperature, wind …) without affecting it, for example, its color. This quality, without a doubt, ends up favoring our pocket, since the expenses in repairs and future reforms is considerably reduced.
On the other hand, its ability to favor thermal and acoustic insulation is proven, which contributes to providing greater comfort in the home. To this is added, in addition, the elimination of problems presented by other materials, such as condensation and moisture, so that a natural stone coating can constitute a good waterproofing system. At the same time, the natural stone is not flammable and as it is a totally fireproof material, it can become one of the great anti-fire allies.
As a disadvantage, we could indicate that it is not a coating that is installed in a simple way because, in a certain way, it has an artisan component. For this reason, the most advisable thing is to trust in the experience of the professionals, who will be the ones who guarantee that in the future we do not have to regret detachments, with the danger that this may entail.
The jump to the living rooms
It has been gradually included due, in large part, to the extraordinary versatility of this noble material in its most diverse options, from tiles, pavements, to platelets or floor tiles,natural stone is gaining more and more followers.
If its first uses in interior decoration were mainly in bathrooms and kitchens, the natural stone has already jumped into the living rooms, either with chimneys’ coating or adorning walls in their entirety or splashing them. Although it is true that the catalog of materials, textures and colors is very broad, in general it tends to bet more on the lighter tonalities inside the houses, creating bright, warm and elegant spaces. No wonder, because the variety of finishes is the most diverse, among which we can highlight from a polished surface, without pores and polished appearance; to its matte version (“apomazado”/ pumiced/honed); the roughness of the bushhammered matt that, perhaps, for interiors is too risky; or the finished “lajados”/ with its natural relief and sandblasted that lead us to a more organic and natural decoration.
Indoors, the lighter colors are the protagonists and, thanks to the use of lacquers, not only a more satiny shade is added to the surface, but it also mitigates the porosity in a way that reduces the dirt that can be produced over time.
In short, natural stone can permeate our homes, both inside and out, of a very unique quality and style with exceptional finishes.