Different Types of Accessories for Your Natural Stone Walls
Natural stone walls make any building look unique and beautiful, but especially residential buildings. Stone has been used as a building material with applications such as stone cladding for hundreds of years and many buildings made from it are still standing today, proving its worth and durability. However, these days there are more technologically advanced ways of cutting stone so that the finish is even more attractive.
For instance, stone can be cut into blocks or bricks that make it much easier and quicker to build with as well as giving a different look and appeal from years ago. The tools that are used these days to cut stone don’t depend on muscle power like they used to and they are made of stronger materials as well, so the job of cutting stone can go ahead more quickly and efficiently, offering a cost effective solution for your building.
There are different types of accessories that can be used to enhance your natural stone walls.
- Gothic windowsill – a favourite that will add a wonderful perspective to your walls and your home.
- Bullnose window – the rounded convex trim enhances the window. Rounded edges prevents wearing or erosion of a sharp edge.
- 2-course splayed corbelling – an extension of two rows of limestone bricks out from the face of the wall.
With these accessories, you will be working with the particular qualities of the limestone instead of against them. Limestone is a softer stone that can see tiny particles wear away over a number of years due to wind, rain, pollution or accidental knocks and scratches. But by choosing a specific style that helps to prevent this wearing, your walls and other builds will remain in as-new condition for much longer.
By choosing rounded edged instead of sharp ones, the wind flows over it evenly and does not wear it away. Any small amount of erosion is not noticeable with bull nose windows.
If the limestone bricks are made by crushing the limestone and adding cement to the mix, the resulting building material is much harder, so you wouldn’t need to worry about erosion. But for those who prefer pure limestone, these little adjustments will take care of any small problems that a softer stone may have.
However, much depends on the kind of climate your home is built in. Climates that include daily heavy downpours or snow and ice take a great deal out of any type of building material, forcing it to expand and contract on a daily basis or causing a great deal of wear on the surface. Perth’s fine sunny climate with no snow is great to keep building materials in good shape, whether they are stone, steel or timber.
You can add even fancier accessories to enhance your limestone walls. Consider these accessories: –
- A stone pavement running along the front of the home
- Matching stone flower boxes
- A low stone wall in the garden nearby
- Decorative stone columns
- A stone mailbox
- Limestone floors for the entrance porch
- Limestone path to the front gate
When you consider the durability of stone, you will understand that using it as a building material or an accessory is one way to ensure your home looks good for longer. This not only adds value, but gives you peace of mind in knowing your home will last for as long as you need it – and longer.