Connecticut has one of the most expensive monthly energy rates in the nation regardless of whether a home uses electricity, heating oil or natural gas. According to Governor Lamont, heating costs are expected to rise even higher this winter caused by various supply factors. Torrison Stone & Garden, an award-winning landscape construction company in Durham, is helping Connecticut residents ease their high heating bill fears by offering natural stone veneers, the newest interior design trend to insulate Connecticut homes this cold winter season.
“A natural stone veneer is the most environmentally-friendly building material available as the mass of the stone serves as an insulator, absorbing the heat of the day and releasing that heat when the surrounding air cools down,” said Tyler Gerry, owner of Torrison Stone & Garden. “This natural insulation helps reduce energy costs by eliminating the daily fluctuations in temperature and lowering your heating and cooling costs."
Other benefits of natural stone veneers include:
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY - Natural stone veneer is the most environmentally friendly building option available and the mass of the stone itself serves as an insulator, absorbing the heat of the day and releasing that heat when the surrounding air cools back down. This natural insulation helps reduce energy costs by “flattening out” the daily fluctuations in temperature and lowering your heating and cooling costs.
HIGHER RESALE VALUE - Homes with natural stone veneers have a higher resale value. Natural stone veneer on buildings tend to increase the resale value of a property because of the beauty and the general perception that natural stone buildings are more expensive than buildings constructed with other materials. So, installing a natural stone veneer as an upgrade to the building usually is a good investment which will more than pay for itself in the increased resale value.
DURABILITY - Natural stone veneer is extremely durable with a well-built stone veneer lasting for decades. Another benefit of a stone veneer is that it is fireproof.
LOW MAINTENANCE - Natural stone veneer is extremely low maintenance. You don’t have to paint it or add siding to it and it is easy to clean. You just apply a natural stone sealant every once in a while, to help protect it from the elements.
Further, Gerry explains that a stone veneer can take as little as one day to install, so a project can be easily completed before the holidays. Homeowners can select from limitless stone styles, shapes, and patterns, such as ashlar, mosaic, square and rectangle, in any color to match their decor.
“Our nearby stone yard has a vast inventory of our most popular materials, locally-sourced and supplied, so we don’t experience any delays,” notes Gerry. “Having access to quality materials, from bluestone to travertine to pavers, creates an efficiency of workflow unparalleled in the industry.”
For those who have an electric or gas fireplace insert, Gerry notes that surrounding it with a natural stone veneer can create a stunning architectural statement. Additionally, natural stone veneers can also be applied to stone columns, bathrooms and accent walls to alter the feel of the space without making a major overhaul.
“Many people are surprised by the warm feeling that stone actually brings to a room,” adds Gerry.
Homeowners can bring their design vision from concept to reality with Torrison Stone & Garden’s unique computerized process that produces a 3D rendering of the project upgrade.
Besides interior applications, Gerry emphasizes that an exterior natural stone veneer is a beautiful, yet durable choice for step risers, home foundations, siding and poolscapes to boost a home's curb appeal. The company’s own Landscape Architect will create a custom plan to fit any budget.
ABOUT TORRISON STONE & GARDEN
Torrison Stone & Garden is an award-winning landscape construction company specializing in stone and landscape design, installation and maintenance of patios, fire pits, walls, walkways, and pool scapes using a wide selection of natural stones and pavers. Since 2000, the company has worked with homeowners across Connecticut to improve upon and create outdoor living spaces that set the bar for the industry. Its majestic indoor and outdoor showrooms at 422 Main Street in Durham, CT are unlike anything in the Northeast. Take a virtual tour of a fire room, tap room or 10,000 sq ft outdoor showroom for design inspiration. For information, hours and appointments visit www.torrisonstone.com or call 860.349.0119.