Natural stone is used in a variety of applications from rustic cabins to minimalist modern interiors and can be specified in many sizes, shapes and colors. This presentation reviews the differences between sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic stone products including the differences between a variety of natural stones and their best applications. An overview of numerous finishes, installations and appropriate maintenance techniques will provide information on how to select the right stone for any surface. Honed, tumbled, polished, split faced, brushed are just some of the finishes explained and illustrated in this presentation. This overview demonstrates why stone has numerous environmental benefits to architects who design buildings that are long lasting.

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish between different types of stone and how they are formed.
  • Discuss methods of stone finishing that gives different surface looks.
  • Explain the basics of selecting, installing and maintaining different types of stone.
  • Specify the use of stone as an environmental choice for green buildings.