Natural stone in issues of facing of buildings on researches of builders - number one. However such material has rather large shortcoming - it is too expensive. Therefore those who want to have fashion and stylish house, choose artificial facing stone for finishing work.
Modern technologies allow to create facing artificial stone that it resembled as much as possible natural, especially such breeds as limestone, basalt, cobble-stone, etc. The artificial stone is widely used for facing not only socle part of the building, but also all facade in general. The popularity of artificial stone grows. Also she speaks simply - such finishing material costs quite budgetary. Besides, it is just mounted and is practical in leaving.
What is facing artificial stone
The decorative artificial stone is made from mix of different construction materials. Both polimerbetona, and cement, and different pitches and also other binding elements can easily be its part. Often, to make artificial stone stronger, experts add polymers which do material much more strong to structure.
One of the rules connected with artificial stone says: choosing material for facing of facade, attentively you watch that in its structure there were no materials, ecologically unsafe. Otherwise it will be simply impossible to live in the house.
The artificial stone rather simply is made. All materials which have to be its part are usually presented in the form of powders. These powders mix up in certain proportions and are filled in in form. There the ready tile or bar remain before full drying. As a result the plate which on the one hand equal, and with another has unusual surface - same, as well as at natural stone turns out. Both the size, and plate thickness depends on form - it can be from 0.5 to 5 square meters 1-2 cm thick. In case initially thought to create imitation of cobble-stone, thickness of product will be equal to 10 cm.
Scope of artificial stone
Plus such material as artificial stone that the sphere of its application is quite wide and knows no limit. Architects specially gently treat such facing material as it allows them in anything itself(himself) not to limit. First, it is connected with quantity of types of material in the market - them today much for every taste and color and at any price. Most often the artificial stone is used for facing of facades, roofs, socles, various columns, garden constructions and fences. Also artificial stone is used for finishing of loggias, various inserts, belts and other architectural elements. In principle, it is possible to use as the imagination allows. There are no special requirements to in what zone to use to use any given type of stone. However, nevertheless there are some councils. For example, those samples which imitate cobble-stone are used for finishing of socle, and those stones that possess more plain surface, applied to finishing of architectural parts. Plus facings by artificial stone are that it is perfectly combined with any other kinds of materials - and with wooden surfaces both with plaster, and with brickwork, etc. And also the artificial stone well looks in the neighbourhood to shod elements, balconies, stucco molding, etc. Very often artificial stone is used to improve the old room
Properties of artificial stone
The decorative stone is considered more esthetic as it can have any coloring, even such in which the natural stone does not meet. Besides, artificial material has no radioactive background owing to what it is considered the safest. One more problem which the people working with artificial stone face is its smooth form. It turns out that there is no special need to cut and level it to perfect condition. And still the artificial stone weighs 10 times less than natural. As a result of it it is possible to place without special fear on house walls, without worrying that everything will fall off under the weight of own weight. And still the artificial stone gives good noise isolation. Choosing artificial stone, it is necessary to conform to the rules, otherwise material will not become for you the assistant. It is the best of all if the surface contains many different half tones - it considerably will improve exterior of material.
Remember that in the nature the monophonic stones meet seldom therefore try to choose that material which has small differences in shades.
It is the best of all to choose materials of domestic manufacturer. It is connected with the fact that abroad the stone is made generally under their conditions - and there winters are warmer, it is more precipitation. The domestic producer does stone according to the internal standards. It is important to examine stone attentively. Ideal option - what contains parts no more than 5 mm and is better that they were not at all. Check availability of impregnations on stone saw cut. At the correct division of components in back part there has to be filler, and in lobby - the strong layer creating strong protection. Buying artificial stone, it is worth taking an interest whether material processing has been made. If is not present, it is necessary to make it independently. Also it is desirable to repeat it at least once a year. For implementation of the procedure of processing it is enough to wipe stone with damp rag then to apply on it primer on concrete. Such structure is on sale in hardware stores and costs rather not much.