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Why is building stone chipped rather than just used with a flat surface

2 Answers from MyBuilder Stonemasons

usually building stone is of a lower quality and comes in smaller blocks than freestone which they normally use for ashlar(flat face), there is also a lot more work in cutting the stone rather than splitting them


Answered 12th Apr 2012

I also believe that we tend to carry on traditional methods when building. Today price seems so important. So in this case "chipped" goes hand in hand with appearance or authentic look.
A good example of materal is slate, cheapest when split from the rock and sold with a rough/irregular face just right for weathered look. Alternative, slate cut by machine nice smooth regular finish but twice as much.


Answered 9th Jun 2012

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