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Jan 15

Stockett Staff

How to Choose a Natural Stone Slab

by Stockett Staff

How to Choose a Natural Stone Slab

Get tips for selecting natural stone slabs for your home remodel project.

Natural stone comes in a variety of colors and textures. It is mined into blocks that are purchased by quarries, which cut and polish the stone and turn it into slabs. Various types of natural stone are found all over the world in places like Brazil, Africa, India, Peru, Mexico, and China.

Wondering what you should look for when selecting a natural stone slab for your project? Here are some tips to keep in mind that will help you choose the perfect slab of natural stone.

Consider the Color Scheme and Design

When selecting a natural stone slab, consider the color scheme and design of your kitchen, bathroom, or whatever room you’re designing or remodeling. What do you want the overall appearance of the stone to be? Do you want it to be light or dark? Will the color of the stone complement or contrast the walls, cabinetry, and flooring? Take cabinet samples and floor samples with you to the natural stone yard so you can get a feel for what type of natural stone would complement them best.

Make Sure the Stone Is Suitable for the Application

When choosing a natural stone slab, be sure to consider its application. Not all types of stone are created equal, and each type of stone will perform differently, depending on the way you use it and your lifestyle. While marble is beautiful and elegant, you should avoid using it as a kitchen countertop because it is not very durable. The most resistant types of natural stone are granite, quartzite, and soapstone, all of which are perfectly suitable for use as kitchen countertops.

Choose the Right Finish

The finish of the natural stone slab that you choose will affect its appearance as well as its care and maintenance. The finish of natural stone can be matte, shiny, or textured. Most natural stone slabs are only available in a polished finish. Natural stone with a polished finish has a more formal appearance, while natural stone with a honed finish has a soft, matte appearance that is better suited to casual environments. Avoid using polished natural stone outdoors because it can lose its shine if it is exposed to the elements.

Inspect and Physically Select a Slab

Inspect a natural stone slab closely in good lighting to determine whether there are any cracks. The best way to spot cracks is to look at the slab from an angle. You should also run your hand over the slab to check for pits, bumps, or cracks. It’s especially important to check the slab’s veining. Slabs without cracks, blemishes, and other imperfections are the most desirable.

Select the actual slabs to be used in your design project in person. The colors and patterns of natural stone vary significantly, so it’s important to physically select the slabs. Bring a tape measure along with you when inspecting slabs so you can see how many countertops could fit into the slab. You should also speak with a stone fabricator to learn about the different types of edge treatments and determine which one would work best for your project.

Get Help Selecting the Right Natural Stone for Your Project

Each type of natural stone has different physical and aesthetic properties. Let the natural stone experts at Stockett Tile & Granite assist you in finding a natural stone slab that’s a good fit for your design project. If you’re located in the Phoenix or Scottsdale area, please call 480.443.1988 or contact Stockett Tile & Granite online for more information about our offerings or to request a free estimate for your project.