Natural Stone: Your Best Choice for Lasting Beauty
Natural stone has been the premium building material of choice since the beginning of time. Quarried from rock beds formed over millions of years, natural stone used in residential and commercial settings comes from all parts of the world, including Italy, Spain, the U.S., Brazil, Canada, China, France, Israel, Greece, India, Mexico, Germany, Taiwan, and Turkey.
Marble and granite, two of the most popular stones among homeowners, are quarried in the form of huge blocks, some weighing up to 35 tons. These blocks are cut into slabs generally ¾” or 1 ½ thick and the faces polished to a specified finish. The slabs are then carefully crated and shipped to fabricators worldwide who process them into the final product.
Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling, natural stone offers you unparalleled beauty, permanence, and uniqueness- and adds true value to your home.
Because stone is a natural product, not manufactured, no two pieces are exactly alike. This means each finished countertop, wall, floor, mantle, or still is distinctive and matchless.
And, unlike synthetic imitations, natural stone can be three-dimensional and used as columns, statuary, balustrades, doorjambs, and even furniture pieces. When used in exterior applications, natural stone has also proven superior to manufactured or engineered stones in withstanding the effects of nature.
You have many options when it comes to beautiful, long-lasting natural stone for your home’s interior and exterior: slate, granite, marble, quartz-based stone, soapstone, and limestone, just to name a few. Choosing a natural stone for your home is a very personal decision, much like selecting wallpaper or artwork.
How to Choose the Right Stone for Your Home
While there are scores of natural stones to consider, some are better suited than others to particular uses in and around the home.
Factors to Consider in
Selecting a Natural Stone
|• Marble: Ideal for foyers, bathrooms, floors & hearths|
|• Granite: Excellent for kitchen countertops, floors & heavily used surfaces |
|• Travertine, Limestone, Soapstone, Sandstone & Slate: Beautiful enhancement for your home inside & out |