Artificial stone as a much better product than concrete. It is made by crushing and grinding natural stone and then re-constituting it, in a mould, with cement mortar. It can also be re-constituted with a resin binder, which is more expensive. Sandstones, marbles and limestones are well suited to the re-constitution process.
Artificial stone tends to be more porous than concrete and is more likely to develop a patina, especially if placed in a damp place or under the shade of a tree. It does not have the bedding planes, or imperfections, of a natural stone but nor does it have the 'fault lines' which can result in ex-foliation or splitting on fault lines.
Artificial stone can be made to use a wide range of products: paving slabs, ballusters, columns, blocks, ornaments, statues.
Artificial marble statue
Stone sand for re-constitution
Artificial stone seat