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Synthetic Or Natural: The Debate Of The Decade

Synthetic vs natural

From the food on supermarket shelves to popular building materials in the home, natural is in! But is natural always best for remodeling needs like flooring installation or framing? The answer may surprise you, stick with us!

Crosby Contracting is a remodeling contractor who believes the best choice of building materials are the materials best suited to your needs and expected use. Sometimes that means natural selections like hardwood and tile, but for other needs synthetic might present you with functionality suited to your needs.

  • Natural doesn't always equal better. For instance, many homeowners would laugh at the idea of a "natural" screw, hammer, or nail.
  • Though these items are technically synthetic they're also made from natural materials that combine the best of nature and humanity for tools and resources that improve day-to-day life!

Synthetic Versus Natural: Which Is Right For You?

Natural materials like wood or stone are undeniably favorable due to naturally occurring variations that produce a more refined look. But materials with unique variations can also carry higher price points (more variation means more imperfections to work around on the producer's end)! While most agree on natural materials' refined look, it's also true that synthetic materials are more appropriate for certain uses because of their uniformity and engineered characteristics that make them more resistant to certain natural elements.

  • It's worth noting that synthetic flooring options like vinyl plank clean easily with simple and natural solutions like apple cider vinegar mixed with water!
  • Natural materials may require more chemical care! If you have questions about synthetic vs. natural materials for remodeling your home, consult a professional remodeling contractor ASAP by calling 859-462-0907 or completing our online request form!

Names Can Be Deceiving! What's "Natural" And What Isn't?

There's been significant innovations in construction materials and technology in the past century or so. At one point long ago, most home building materials are what we'd consider "natural," but that didn't necessarily make them preferable. These materials can require more maintenance or may not hold up well in certain climates or conditions. Thanks to modern technology and innovation, industries have developed "synthetic" materials like vinyl planking, synthetic quartz for counters, and others. Though they require human engineering and ingenuity to produce, these synthetic materials still get made with "natural" substances that come from the earth.


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