Reconstituted vs Natural Stone

April 22, 2015   |   By

Anyone who is in any way involved with areas such as construction, architecture, design, or development will be quick to tell you that the choices made regarding materials to use in projects are some of the most crucial. In many cases too, the choice often boils down to one between an option which involves less initial outlay but fewer long term benefits, and one which is initially more expensive but can be more rewarding over time.

natural limestone vs reconstituted stone

In a lot of ways, the above is a good characterisation of the potential choice between using natural or reconstituted limestone. Reconstituted stone can after all be chosen as the cheaper option for a construction or development project, but there should be a multitude of other factors considered alongside initial outlay.

Benefits and advantages of choosing natural stone over reconstituted stone

  1. Planning advantages

Everyone involved in construction or the running of redevelopment projects will be acutely aware of the importance of staying on the good side of local planning authorities.

With that in mind, it is important to realise that there is an increasing policy among these authorities to encourage and push the use of natural stone. As such, it is a noted advantage of using natural over reconstituted stone, that your project will likely be viewed more positively by these authorities, ensuring that your project runs smoothly from that point of view.

  1. Sourcing and lead times

While you may think that the slightly cheaper reconstituted stone option would also be more readily available than the ethically sourced and more authentic natural choice, this isn’t always the case.

In fact, projects which take the reconstituted stone option have increasingly run into problems with the lengthening lead times of actually getting the stone. That therefore, can lead to annoying and costly delays to your project.

  1. Longevity

Longevity of the stone is a particularly important point to consider when choosing between natural or reconstituted stone. There are a number of ways in which natural stone outstrips the benefits of reconstituted in this area.

For instance, it is well known that natural stone improves with age and therefore offers a higher quality long term option than reconstituted stone which fades and shows aggregate with age. Furthermore, when it comes to large projects, such as adding extensions to houses, it is far easier to ensure the appropriate appearance and the longevity of the build when using natural stone.

Finally, in this area it is important to consider the implications of your choice of stone in terms of a construction or development project being a long term investment. The natural stone option, which improves with age and is proven to add more value to a property, seems to be the clear and obvious choice.

  1. Bespoke cutting and craftsmanship

If you want your project to be unique and individual, with hand crafted touches and an overall high quality of craftsmanship, then that is something which is only really offered by the use of natural stone. When it comes to the reconstituted option, what you get instead are fixed sizes and standardised measurements.

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