Limestone Houses and Its Advantages05 August 2015
Building houses with concrete or wood has become the norm of today’s architectural aesthetics. Compared to the old days when a large variety of building materials were employed in the creation of various structures, our modern range of building materials often pale in comparison. While time-tested materials such as timber and brick are still utilised by many architects and favoured by a number of homeowners to this day, its popularity is nevertheless nowhere near that of modern building materials like concrete.
An even older and now relatively rare, but nevertheless wonderful building material that most people are unaware about is limestone.
Abundance of Limestone
Limestone is a naturally occurring sedimentary rock that can be found in abundance throughout much of the world and it actually comprises a large area of the earth’s crust. Because of its readily available nature, it has been used as prime building material since the time of the Ancient Egyptians, only declining in popularity sometime during the latter years of the Industrial Period due to the ever-increasing price of the material and the growing availability of other, far more affordable alternatives.
Nowadays, there is a growing revival of interest in building with limestone, thanks in particular to a more expansive desire for new and innovative types of aesthetics that veer away from the conventional. Thankfully, limestone has thousands of years of building history behind it, and it possesses added benefits that most building materials today simply do not.
The Advantages of Limestone Houses
To a lot of people who are familiar with more conventional building materials, building a house out of limestone may not only sound like an impossibility – it may even be viewed as a financially foolhardy endeavour. What most people do not realise is that limestone is one of the most durable all natural building materials, and it is better than most devised construction materials today. And, that says a lot!
In fact, ancient builders knew it was so durable, that they used limestone blocks in constructing the pyramids of Egypt, which still stand to this day! This is just one of the advantages of limestone houses; it is extremely resistant to weathering. While limestone does naturally corrode overtime, especially if exposed to acidic substances, this corrosion is only superficial, and the structural integrity of the building is not compromised whatsoever.
Limestone is also extremely versatile and highly aesthetically pleasing as well. While most types of limestone are off-white or hue, other colour variations exist beyond the pale of commonplace brickwork or regular building materials. Limestone, once set and constructed properly, is also very low maintenance, and while the initial investments may be somewhat higher, it’s enduring nature makes it cost effective in the long-term.
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