When building a project there is endless speculation upon whether stone or brick is the right material to use. It depends on the requirements of a project to know what material should be used. Here are the benefits and drawbacks of each material.

Benefits of both materials

Stone:
Stone is a natural material that can be cut to any size. It can also be used as eco-friendly construction. Since stone needs to be quarried it has an environmental impact. It must also be dressed, and transported. Using locally quarried stone can counter act some of this impact. Using stone from the site that is being built on benefits the environment, since there is no need to transport materials from other locations. Regional stone has its own colour, texture and quality. The stone industry is responding to becoming greener. For example, part of a quarry site could turn into a restored nature reserve.

Brick:
Brick can be made to any shape and size. As it is a man-made material, brick can be flexible in its quality and potential uses. With brick there is a variety of type, texture, size and colour. Using red brick can make a property look very original. Compared to stone, brick is a cheaper material to use. Additionally, the skills involved in building with brick are easier to learn.

Brick and stone can also be used together, which has some construction value in terms of insulation, but also expensive, an un-ecological in terms of transport costs.

Drawbacks

Stone:
Walling and cladding a wall with stone is a slow, laborious job. It requires a lot of skill and patience that many builders may not have. As well as this it is physically demanding. Buildings that are built with stone tend to be much colder. In hot climates they’re beneficial as the thick stones keep the house cool. However, heat doesn’t effectively get trapped in the house. An insulation layer would need to be created by using either thin wood or a rendering of lime.

Brick:
On the other hand brick uses as much resources from the land as stone. Brick has an environmental impact due to the heating process. Another environmental impact is that the material is likely to come further away. Since bricks absorb water easily, fluorescence can occur when the brick isn’t exposed to air. If the brick isn’t cleaned properly mould can grow.

These differences shown between the two materials show the endless possibilities of building with brick or stone.

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