Q: How do I know how much stone I need to order?
If you don’t plan on working with a mason to instal your natural or manufactured stone, it is essential to have a strong understanding of installation methods in addition to calculating the required amount of stone- this is especially true where Natural Stone is concerned to avoid the possibility of the quarry no longer having any of your stone left.
A mason will have the proper measuring techniques and understand adding waste and overages, however if you plan on doing this yourself you will need to know how many square feet you will need as well as how many linear feet for any corners.
If the width of the material in inches and the linear length in feet are both known, convert the width to a fraction of a foot, then multiply width times length to find square footage. For example, the square footage of a board 6 inches wide and 6 feet long is represented by the formula W (.5 ft) x L (6 ft) = 3 sq. ft.
To measure linear footage, just measure the length in inches, then divide by 12. There is no fancy linear foot calculator required – just measure the length and you have the linear feet.
Industry standards suggest for waste and overages to order an additional 20-30% material to account for waste, errors or miscalculations. This is especially important where natural stone is being used.
Q: Can I cut through Manufactured Stone? How will this look?
Manufactured Stone is not Natural Stone, although good quality manufactured stone has uniform colouring all the way through, you should always turn any cut edges away from view.
Q: Can I use Manufactured Stone outdoors as part of my water feature?
Using manufactured stone in a water feature where chemicals may be present is not recommended as the wear and tear will only be amplified from these chemicals. Natural Stone will hold up against natural elements and the wear and tear will respond with a weathered look appropriate for outdoor applications.
Q: If my natural stone is damaged years later, how difficult is it to replace?
Natural stone is just that, naturally occurring. One of the risks in using natural stone is that years later cannot guarantee there will be any of your stone left in the quarries- that’s not to say never to use it, but rather consider how easily or if it can be replicated in manufactured stone.