The effects of weather can compromise the outdoor design if hardscaping materials are not chosen wisely. Rust or decay can lead to the breakdown of a product over time, which can cause an area to become unsafe and the product having to be replaced with more costly alternatives. Theft and vandalism are also concerns, particular with stainless steel, due to rising scrap value worldwide. Many common building materials, such as cement, also raise questions about their long-term sustainability and environmental impact. So, what are the alternatives?
Hardscaping Materials: The Benefits of Using Stone in Outdoor Design examines the benefits of using stone for hardscape applications in outdoor design. First, we consider what hardscaping is, and the limitations of common materials used for such applications. We then consider why stone is a superior option for hardscaping due to several of its architectural properties: versatility, durability, sustainability, and visual appeal. We also present Jonite, a composite stone product that allows designers and specifiers to solve architectural problems with innovative hardscape solutions.
Inspired by the beautiful and magnificent stone castles built during the Middle Ages, Jonite wondered if they could incorporate the rustic appeal of natural stone into durable, functional grates. Thus began their journey to creating the world’s first reinforced stone grate. In the years since, they have developed into a brand that supplies a variety of architectural products in various standard applications and customised solutions. Jonite Bespoke Drainage Grates are available from SABdrain.
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