When completing a home project, how do you go about deciding which materials to use? Whether you are working with a designer, or choosing your own materials, there are several important factors that can help determine which type of stone will be the best fit for your project.
Thinking about how the stone will be used, ask yourself the following questions:
1) How Durable Does It Need to Be?
Different kinds of materials have different durability. Certain natural stone is very durable, such as granite, while other natural stone is softer and more delicate, such as marble or limestone. Natural stone is treated to make it stain resistant for approximately 10–15 years. However, soft stone like marble, will still be more susceptible to stains. Granite is more popular for projects like kitchen countertops that will experience every day use, while marble is often used as an elegant accent.
Although natural stone is a relatively durable choice, engineered stone has overall higher durability. Materials like Dekton®, Silestone® and Caesarstone® make excellent options for projects that will see a lot of heavy use.
2) What Kind of Maintenance Will it Require?
When it comes to the ongoing care of your material, it’s important to be aware of the maintenance it requires. Most stone will require periodic sealing in order to keep it stain resistant. In order to keep stone in optimal shape, light daily cleaning is recommended. Products that contain acidic ingredients should be avoided, along with abrasive cleaners that could scratch the stone.
3) What Will it Cost?
High-quality natural and engineered stone options will vary in price. Email a measured drawing of your project to us for an accurate quote.