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Designing with stones and boulders.

Today there seems to be a type of competition in the designing and architectural planning field, particularly when it comes to applying new designs and constructions toward the conservation of energy and the use of renewable materials.

For many of us, the use of stone and rocks may seem purely a visual tool but to those in this field they have more than one function.

One of the most popular uses for stones, particularly faux stones, is for landscaping jobs. When using small and large boulders in hot climates, these faux stones can easily diminish the amount of water needed to irrigate your garden. They create a much-needed shade to reduce the evaporation rate of water in the ground.

boulders in your landscape

Advantages of boulders in your landscaping design

Some companies and owners of the property use large stones and rocks to create a waterfall look but at the same time they provide a shaded area for ponds and the fish living in it. This reduced the need to add extra materials to create the shaded area therefore making faux stones and boulders a multi-purpose material.

Let’s also not leave out of the equation the smaller gravel.
Using gravel in hot areas diminishes the need for grassy areas which in turn reduces the need for water. In hot climates water is very important resource and any small idea applied to your yard will make a big difference in the long run.

Using gravel

Using gravel

Using imitation materials for the above uses is not only more affordable because of shipping costs but you can also request specific shapes to combine the normal use of a bolder with others, like a seating area. If the stones are shaped correctly it creates a really nice accent for your garden.

How Faux Stone Is Created

Many today use alternative stone products called faux stone and migrating from old methods of creating stone features in commercial and residential construction.

What many wonder and ask is “how is actually faux stone made?”

For some companies manufacturing this material the answer to the above question means revealing some in-house techniques that are somewhat confidential. Although the general idea is not a secret, some companies have their own way of mixing the components or even the types of paints used.

We did a bit of snooping around to find out what we could.

The base material used for faux stone is a polymer called polyurethane. This replica stone material is used for a variety of application but it performs quite well for interior and exterior stone applications. Some qualities such as flexibility, durability and insulations are very appealing to builders who avoid maintenance at all costs.
The owners of the building are also interested reducing heating and cooling bills so they are well motivated in using this material.

In order to provide a material that will last and withstand the outdoor elements some companies do two things:

–          Add more resin during the manufacturing process and make the stone more dense

–          Add barrier coats and outdoor paint coating.

This is the main factor that sets apart high quality faux stone.

Most synthetic stone densities ranges from 16 lb/sq.in to 20 and this definitely changes the pricing level offered to consumers.

The density level has to vary based on the use required. For example, in case of interior decoration you will want to use a higher density.

Interior decoration materials

Interior decoration materials

When parts are used for interior stone wall the density can be a bit lower but the high one can still be utilized.

stone polyurethane

Polyurethane Faux Stone

For foam used inside car seats or upholstery the density must be low in order to provide comfort.

low density foam

Low density foam for car seats

When it comes to paint some faux stone manufacturers try to save on the paint costs whereas others make a business decision to lose some revenue, by spending more for quality finish, but keep their customers happy and be referred to others.