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    Bases for Selecting Natural Stones from a Quarrier's Point of View

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    Investigations in Europe show that granite is a very economical facade material considering the overall cost of investment, installation, and maintenance over a 50-year period.

    When selecting granite for building projects, it is important to investigate the availability of various materials, as well as panel size limitations. When judging availability, one has to study the capacities of quarries, country of origin, age of the quarry, etc. In addition, existing inventories as well as quality control and valid quarrying permits are very important factors.

    The cost of granite facades can be reduced by allowing variation in panel sizes, by using panel sizes which are in correct ratio to the flexural strength of the material, by allowing more variation in color, and by giving sufficient time for delivery.


    cost factors, cost of investments, construction, maintenance, quarrying techniques, slab sizes, investigation of quarry, investigation of stone

    Author Information:

    Hiltunen, JK
    Marketing manager, Finska Stenindustri Ab, Vinkkila,

    Committee/Subcommittee: E06.81

    DOI: 10.1520/STP20132S