TYPES OF NATURAL STONE FOR FLOORING, ELEVATION, DECORATION, COUNTERTOPS, MONUMENT, AND LANDSCAPING,
BY BHANDARI MARBLE GROUP Stone is a simple way to modify your space, adding sophistication and class and certainly upping the resale value of your home. Not only does the material look great, but it’s durable as well, making it worth the investment when it comes to longevity. But with several different types of stone out there, how do you know which one to select? Not to worry, we’ve broken down the 6 best and most common types of stone flooring, elevation, decoration, countertop, monument, and landscaping.
Granite has become popular over the past few decades because of its durability and its sleek look. It really is the best of both worlds when it comes to aesthetics and practicality. Granite comes out of the earth and has organic, one-of-a-kind coloring. Because of this, you won’t be able to select the exact color or pattern you want in your home. You’ll be able to work toward a general color or pattern, but it will never be precise.
This is part of the appeal of a granite countertop. No two kitchens or bathrooms will look the same and you’ll have an item in your home that is unique to you. When granite is installed, it will need to be sealed, otherwise, moisture, stains, and heat can seep into the porous stone. Once it’s sealed, however, it’s basically indestructible. The seal is something you’ll have to maintain over time, redoing it every couple of years to ensure your stone remains protected from the elements.
Granite is extremely durable and can withstand serious heat and does not chip or break easily. If you want to maintain the integrity of the stone, it’s important to not abuse it, but you can certainly go about your day without being precious with your flooring, elevation, decoration, countertop, monument, and landscaping. Keep in mind granite is a very heavy stone and will need to be installed by a team of professionals. It’s also important to remember that because no two pieces of granite are the same, the sample you received will not look exactly like the slab that’s installed.
If you don’t love the flecks and granular appearance of granite, marble might be the right choice for you. Typically, marble slabs appear more vein-like, almost like streaks of color smeared across a blank canvas. Marble has a very sophisticated and classy appearance, immediately upping the aesthetic of your space. Similarly to granite, marble is a naturally occurring material and will available to you as-is. You won’t have the opportunity to get specific about the pattern, grains or streaks in the stone.
With slate stone comes a tougher material with less likelihood of damage from heat, cold, stains or chipping. However, with slate, you’re going to be limited with the color range and patterns. While it can have some patterning or grain-like appearance, you’re mostly going to see solid colors in neutral tones like grey, green and black.
Slate is very easy to maintain. You won’t have to worry about resealing the surface to prevent damage. You can simply rub oil onto the top of the stone to allow its original brilliance to shine. It’s also easy to remove scratches and small scuffs from the stone. With slate, you’re getting a sleek look and a material that will last a while without any significant repair or maintenance that would cost you additional money and stress.
Soapstone is a popular choice that is available in mostly darker hues. It’s a nice mix if you like the color of granite but the veiny, streaked look of marble flooring, elevation, decoration, countertop, monument, and landscaping. The finish has an antique-looking quality to it that reminds you of a classic old home.
Soapstone has less of a shiny polish that you’ll find on granite and marble. It’s relatively matte-looking. The material is non-porous so it won’t stain however it is a softer stone, making it more susceptible to scratches, chips and other damage. The good news is, any marks can easily be buffed out with sandpaper to make it look like new. Over time, soapstone will become darker in color and the material isn’t available in light hues. You can expect to see greens, greys, blacks, and blues when considering this stone.
Which of These Types of Stone flooring, elevation, decoration, countertop, monument and landscaping Is Right for You?
Now that you’ve learned about the most popular types of stone flooring, elevation, decoration, countertop, monument, and landscaping, it’s time to decide which is best for you and your space.
We suggest deciding on a budget and considering your lifestyle and needs. How will the flooring, elevation, decoration, countertop, monument, and landscaping be used and how long will it need to last? Also, keep in mind the amount of maintenance you’re willing to put into keeping the integrity of the stone.
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