Cast Stone Vs. Natural Stone
Whether to use cast stone or natural stone can be a big debate for landscape designers and homeowners who are looking to drastically alter the architectural elements of their yard. There are pros and cons to both cast stone and natural stone, so today we would like to help you determine which option is the best for your landscape design or yard renovation. There are benefits and drawbacks to each choice, which are outlined below.
Also known as cultured stone, cast stone is man made from cement. Pigments and crushed natural stone are incorporated to give it a natural stone appeal. It is molded and formed to look like natural stone. It is widely accepted as a great replacement for sandstone, brownstone, limestone, granite, slate, coral rock, and many other types of natural stone.
Pros of Using Cast Stone
- Versatility. Because cast stone is man made, the only limits for color and style are the imagination. A plethora of options are available.
- Time. It is usually much quicker to install cast stone (as long as it is ready from the supplier).
- Cast stone is generally, although not always, significantly cheaper than natural stone.
Cons of Using Cast Stone
- The look of cast stone is fabricated and may not appear as unique or detailed as natural stone.
- Some claim it is less durable. Much of this depends on the quality of cast stone you use.
- Over time, the coloring may change.
Natural stone refers to any stone found in the earth, quarried, and then processed for use in landscapes, water features, sculptures, and gardens. We like to work with Mutual Materials for many of our landscape projects, and some of our favorite natural stone choices are the Camas Ledgestone, Iron Mountain Flagstone, Lavender Flagstone, Oregon Rive Rock, and Rainbow River Cobbles. The Pacific Northwest offers some great options for color and style in natural stone.
Pros of Using Natural Stone
- The durability of natural stone is not in question. It will last forever and does not really incite the same debate as cast stone.
- Each stone has its own unique texture, veining, patterning and color, ensuring a distinct look for each project.
Cons of Using Natural Stone
- Natural stone can cost quite a bit more than cast stone. It requires a lot more labor by a skilled professional to hand shape pieces.
- It can take a lot longer to install due to the hand crafted nature.
Overall, the most important thing to pay attention to is the exact nature of the product you will be using. If using cast stone, know the durability and technical specifications are so that there are no surprises later. Generally, cast stone is around $10-$20 cheaper per square foot. At All Oregon Landscaping we only use high quality products, regardless of whether it is natural stone or cast stone.
All Oregon Landscaping Works With Both Cast Stone and Natural Stone
If you need experts in working with either cast stone or natural stone; you’ve found the right place. We work throughout Oregon, in Portland, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Sherwood, Tualatin, Hillsboro, Wilsonville, Gresham, Happy Valley, Oregon City, Molalla and more. Contact us today with questions about your outdoor space renovation. We specialize in water features, outdoor kitchens, intimate spaces, retaining walls, trellises, pergolas, and more. With the help of All Oregon Landscaping, you could be enjoying your yard to its fullest this summer, so don’t hesitate to contact us soon!