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Benefits of Your Next Stonemasonry ProjectMay 14th, 2014 by
Whether you are renovating a chimney or fireplace or tackling a brand-new construction project, consider choosing stonemasonry as your next building material. Due to its many historical and modern uses, stonemasonry is a timeless choice that not only makes a design statement but also offers several practical benefits to homeowners.
Used to create some of the world’s most well-known landmarks, such as the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, the Egyptian pyramids, and the Parthenon, stonemasonry has certainly made an impact internationally and historically. A material with this kind of time-tested elegance can deeply enhance the style of your home. Another benefit of stonemasonry is that it is relatively easy for a mason to construct it into a multitude of different shapes and designs, allowing for more design options. With its distinguished reputation and ability to be customized, stonemasonry can add sophistication and a unique flair to your home’s aesthetic.
Stonemasonry cannot melt, burn, or bend, so it is among the safest and most durable building materials available. Its high heat tolerance is what makes it such an ideal and popular choice for chimneys and fireplaces, but it can be used elsewhere as well. Stonemasonry’s extreme sturdiness also helps it withstand strong winds and impacts. The safety features of stonemasonry are recognized by many insurance companies, and buildings constructed with the material often have lower premiums than structures made of other materials.
Because stonemasonry is so resistant to damage and does not rust or need to be painted, it requires very little maintenance, repair, or replacement compared to other building material options, which cuts down on the amount of product that goes to waste. Additionally, when stonemasonry is combined with insulation products, it provides exceptional energy efficiency and can significantly lower heating and cooling bills.
As previously mentioned, insurance and maintenance costs as well as energy bills can all be reduced by using stonemasonry in your next construction project. It is also important to note stonemasonry’s longevity; as a building material that has proven its staying power throughout all of history, you can be sure that you are not investing in something that will be a passing trend. While stonemasonry may end up being a more expensive choice up front, its beauty, timelessness, and durability will make it well worth the price in the long run.
Sources: Arizona Masonry Guild; Mason Contractors Association of America.
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