The materials used to build a home often seem like a lego structure: perfectly placed and somewhat undefined to the naked eye. However, the details of home building are crucial. Homebuilding elements provide safety, construct stability, and inspire connection. Believe it or not, they also go back through time! In today’s blog, our team at Top Quality Building Products will cover a homebuilding element that has transcended the ages: cut limestone.
These simple pieces of architecture might exist in the land of sandstone, but the pyramids were built using sheets of cut limestone by the Egyptians. Our source notes structures as being made between the 3rd and 6th dynasties by Pharaohs of that period.
Cut limestone was stacked in groupings by practitioners of early masonry. The pyramids contained limestone walls with granite ceilings. Tradition is complemented by time when it comes to the usage of cut limestone by artisans.
The Middle Ages were a tough time for the average individual, but for tradespeople in the field of masonry, it was a booming era of plenty. Cut limestone existed en masse through quarries, and locals carted groupings to build castles and estates for noblemen.
According to the South Bay Lapidary and Mineral Society’s article, cut limestone castles came into existence to better serve noblemen and the king after the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Before the invasion, timber castles were popular but were susceptible to fire damage during attacks.
The king granted his noblemen a stone castle in the confidence of the understanding that they would rule subsidiaries of his kingdom for him and protect his people when necessary. Modern examples of these structures include buildings for government matters, such as the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary.
Modern architecture took flight in the time of the industrial revolution. Creating strong enough buildings to withstand the weather and time while also being able to contain a unique shape became the goal.
Cut limestone is, by nature, perfect for this. The concrete mixture seen in cement blocks contains lime within the mix to provide a pliable sturdiness to the structure.
Top Quality Building Products And Cut Limestone
We are proud of the heritage behind masonry. Our skilled craftsmanship transcends centuries. From the times of building desert-ridden monuments to the day of the modern skyscraper, masons have quite literally had a hand in nearly every aspect of creating the buildings you see and admire today.
Our company focuses on laying cut limestone for commercial and residential construction projects of all kinds. To learn more about our cut limestone on hand, contact us online, call us at 812-537-4090, or stop by our store in Greendale, Indiana.