Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

The Timeless Look of Natural Stone

Sponsored by Florida Tile
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

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


0.1 IDCEC CEU. Credit is also accepted by the ASID, IIDA and IDC
1 PDH*
This test is no longer available for credit

Durable natural stone tile has been used for centuries as a quality finish in buildings. 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. From sedimentary to metamorphic, this presentation reviews the differences between sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic stone products including the differences between travertine and marble. 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.

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