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How Natural Stone Was Used Through The Ages

Dec 8, 2007
It is astounding when you stop and think about how many ways we have depended on natural stone for so many of our creations and inventions. It is supposed that the first wheel was probably carved from rock or stone. Some of the first houses were caves and they were often rock formations.

As the human race became more civilized, we were still dependant on stones for our homes in many instances. They would be built from rocks or blocks that were carved out of large stone quarries. Slate was often used for roofs and the blocks were used for walls. All of the ancient castles that are scattered throughout the world have been constructed for the most part with natures building blocks.

Many of these old structures are still standing or at least some of their ruins are, even after hundreds and in some cases thousands of years. People in history used slate and stone rather than wood because it was more durable and more dependable. Stone did not burn and water could not rot a home made from stone.

Today we still use many different types of natural stone to face our homes on the outside, even though the insides are normally constructed with wood, steel, or some man made material. The look of stone is still a desired element even though it is no longer a necessity.

Outside home construction is only one of the ways that we still love to use these durable products. This material as an inside decorative element is very popular today for flooring, fireplaces, countertops, walls, bathtub and shower surrounds, and even sinks and bathtubs. People love the way they look. In the ancient days, this material might have been free for the taking if you were in an area no one really claimed, but that is far from true today.

Natural stone can be a very expensive product to use for home decoration. It is still as durable and beautiful as it ever was, but it can be pretty costly. If you decide that using this product is something you would like to see somewhere in your home, be prepared for the cost.

Purchasing the natural stone its self can be costly and there is also the installation to be paid for as well. That is unless you are handy enough to do the job yourself. Doing it your self can be a good way to save enough money to buy your self more of this great material.
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