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FAQ: Frequently asked questions
a) No other material looks as real and feels as natural as stone. Stone has a unique look and natural character which you will enjoy for a lifetime. It has been created by nature over thousands of years. Each piece of stone is different and unique.
Pre-Cast copies of stone are not as natural looking and do not have the same depth of colour or variation in colour or natural changes in surface texture.
b) Stone is maintenance free and requires no upkeep at all. It ages naturally with your home and will look just as great in twenty years time. When you add the cost of re-painting or re-plastering every few years, natural stone can work out as the lowest cost and best solution over the long term.
c) A stone finish on your home will add a whole new dimension and character and will set it apart in terms of appearance and unique style.
Thin Stone is always a better and more cost effective solution than the heavier building stone. Normally the overall difference in cost is between 20 % to 25 %. It depends on the specific project.
This is because ThinStone needs no structural support and is much more straightforward to build or add to an existing home. ThinStone does not need to have lintels or supports over windows or doors. This results in a cost saving in both materials and labour. It also simplifies the work for the builder greatly.
As well, using ThinStone as against using heavier building stone will result in a smaller roof area as well as reduced sized foundations. Both of these are very costly items so that even a small reduction in the areas involved results in big savings.
We have worked extensively with both methods of building stonework and know that these savings mentioned above are very real.
This depends on your specific project and also on which stone has the strongest appeal to you. There is no one stone which is best.
Sandstone has a nice variation in both colour and texture generally over the Beige, Tan, Light brown and Brown colour range.
Limestone is darker and has a more classic, more uniform look usually over a range of colours varying from Light Grey, to Blue/Grey to a darker shade of Blue/Black.
We also sometimes carry out projects with a mix of the two types of stone. A common mix is 90% Sandstone with 10% Kilkenny Limestone.
In Ireland, the Sandstone tends to be the more popular choice but the choice also depends on the county quite a bit and tends to reflect the most common local stone in that particular county.
Fireplace/chimney breast /porch - 2 to 3 days.
House Fronts /Walls/Entrances/Patios - 1 to 1.5 weeks normally.
A fixed price for the job is shown on the quotation as well as a start and finish date.
With Thin Stone, there is no mess or chippings left over after the project is completed. It is a very easy and tidy way of carrying your stonework.
Our stonework is guaranteed for ten years. We do it very well and just do not have any issues afterwards.
Type and scope of stonework project being considered, estimated costs and budget, completion date of project, any preparatory work which will be needed.
With Thin Stone, there is no stone at all left over. This means that you are paying for exactly the amount of stone needed. With building stone there will normally be stone left over which has then to be disposed of. This is because building stone is usually delivered in lorry loads.
Yes, we stock a suitable stone sealant called Dry Treat. We can apply this or supply it to you.
All employees are fully insured and follow safety guidelines at all times. The company also carries Public Liability insurance at all times.
Our stonemasons are very safety conscious as well as very experienced at this work.
Generally speaking our team of stonemasons are very busy with quite a few projects ahead. So it is best to allow about six to eight weeks lead time for your project.
Also, there may be other considerations relating to the work which you have not considered or do not know about, so best to contact us well ahead.
Clients sometimes leave it very late in the project which can end up costing extra.
It is best to contact us prior to any construction work beginning as soon as you have the final plans available.