Bloomington, Ind. -- Newly announced information from the Indiana Limestone contributes to good construction practices when installing the company's natural stone. The new information provides rules of thumb for proper anchoring and supports safe, correct, and permanent application of the stone in architectural applications.

According to Stephen DiRaffaele, architectural sales representative for the New York City metro area for Indiana Limestone, proper anchoring is found in a simple set of rules:

    Make connections simple, using the fewest possible components.
  • Limit the different types of connections.
  • Design connections to be adjustable in order to best accommodate construction tolerances.
  • Distribute the weight of each stone panel over no more than two supports in order to simplify design calculations.
  • Ensure connection locations are easily accessible for installation. Avoid wherever possible the need for "blind" anchors.
  • Design and arrange components in such a manner as to avoid trapping moisture.

"In and of itself, Indiana limestone is among the most lasting natural building components available," said DiRaffaele. "Using proper anchoring is one way to make sure that it fulfills its true capabilities through many, many years of service."

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