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Nov 25

Stockett Staff

Tips for Choosing Natural Stone Surfaces for Your Home

by Stockett Staff

Tips for Choosing Natural Stone Surfaces for Your Home

Learn how to choose and use natural stone surfaces in your home.

Throughout history, natural stone has been considered a premium building material. Quarried from rock beds that have formed over millions of years, natural stone can be used in a number of different residential applications.

No other building material exudes sophistication and elegance like natural stone does. Qualities that make natural stone an excellent choice include durability, longevity, beauty, and cost-effectiveness. It’s important to carefully consider which types of natural stone you want to use in your home, whether you opt for tiles or slabs. The following tips will help you choose the right natural stone for your home.

Natural Stone Applications

Whether you’re building a brand new home or you’re remodeling your current one, natural stone adds unmatched value, uniqueness, and beauty to your abode. Natural stone can be used inside or outside. It is long lasting and requires minimal maintenance.

Exterior uses for natural stone include pavers, patios, walkways, stepping-stones, garden benches, and facades. Indoors, you can use natural stone for your kitchen, bathrooms, showers, countertops sinks, floors, walls, islands, entryways, and more.

Determine the Look and Style You’re Going For

One of the first steps you must take when choosing natural stone for your home is determining exactly where you’re going to use it. While there are many different types of natural stone to choose from, certain types of stone are better for some applications than others. If you are looking for natural stone for your fireplace, for example, the color and material you use will probably be pretty different from the type of stone you use for your kitchen countertops.

Natural stone is available in a wide array of gorgeous colors, from soft beige and pink to red and green. The varied colors of natural stone give it a one-of-a-kind character. Marble typically has swirls or “veins” of different colors, while granite has a pebbled appearance with flecks of different colors.

Natural stone also comes in many different finishes, including polished, honed, leathered, antiqued, and brushed. A polished surface has a beautiful, glossy finish, while a brushed surface has a worn look simulating natural wear. A honed finish can have a matte, flat, or satin appearance. Not only do finishes give natural stone an interesting appearance, they also give it a unique feel.

Choosing the Right Natural Stone

The harder the stone, the more resistant it will be to abrasion. Granite is among the hardest of all the different types of natural stone, so it is an excellent choice for kitchen countertops, tabletops, floors, and other heavily used surfaces. Marble has a sophisticated appearance and is a popular choice for floors, countertops, fireplaces, walls, tub decks, and furniture.

Travertine is a type of limestone that is commonly used for wall cladding, interior flooring, and exterior applications like curbing and paving. Slate is a popular flooring material that can also be used for kitchen countertops, tabletops, and fireplace facings.

Beautify Your Phoenix or Scottsdale Home with Natural Stone

Stockett Tile & Granite installs natural stone kitchens, floors, bathrooms, outdoor surfaces, and more in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding areas. Call 623.344.8400 or fill out our online contact form for more information about our services!