This week, we are talking about choosing the right stone for your home. Natural stone can offer beauty and uniqueness to your new home.

Many homeowners think that natural stone is pricy compared to other materials. But what they don’t always think about is the value it infuses. Natural stone can boost the value of your home, both inside and out. It’s far more affordable and accessible today than it was a decade ago. Few other building materials offer the elegance and longevity of natural stone.

Factors in Choosing The Right Natural Stone For Your Home

Usage

The harder the natural stone is, the more it resists abrasion. Granite is typically the hardest of all the stone types. If you decide to use a softer stone, you, as the homeowner, will have to use gentler cleansers and dust more frequently to prevent scratches.

Finish

There is a wide variety of finishes for natural stone and there are constantly new finished appearing in the market. Examples of finishes include: polished, honed, leathered, brushed, and antiqued. Ask your designer about the pros and cons of the different finishes for your project.

Color

Natural stone comes in a beautiful array of colors. Granite and marble can range from soft beiges and pinks, to classic blacks and whites, to rich reds, greens, and multi-colors. The varied appearance of natural stone gives it wonderful character and creates a one-of-a-kind effect anywhere it is used.

Choosing The Right Natural Stone For Your Home Finish

Granite
Granite is available in a striking array of colors and its durability makes it ideal for kitchen countertops and heavily-used surfaces including tables and floors. It offers an impenetrable surface and it is typically not affected by citric acid, coffee, tea, alcohol, or wine. It is nearly impossible to scratch and with proper cleaning will not stain under normal use.

Travertine

Travertine is a type of limestone and one of the most popular natural stones for interior and exterior use. This natural stone is durable, low-maintenance, inexpensive, environmentally-friendly and has a near endless supply of colors and tones to choose from.

Limestone

This stone is widely used as a building stone. Popular uses include countertops, flooring, interior and exterior wall cladding, and exterior paving. Limestone is an extremely versatile material. Since it is a plentiful material, limestone is a relatively inexpensive material.

Soapstone

Soapstone is growing in popularity and its popular uses include kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, fireplace, and stair treads. Its heat resistance and ability to stay clean make it widely popular in the kitchen. The stone itself can cost you a pretty penny, but it is so easy to install that you can do it yourself.

Sandstone

This natural stone is frequently used for fireplace facings, chimneys, patio benches and poolside. Sandstone is a porous material so if you are going to use it in your kitchen you must properly seal it.

Slate

Slate is a popular flooring material as well as kitchen countertops, fireplace facings, and tabletops. It has care-free maintenance since it is a non-porous material that absorbs little to no contaminants or moisture and requires little to no cleaning. It is a more expensive material upfront, but can add value to your home in the long run.

Table Rock Company

Table Rock Stone Company was born out of a desire to meet the demands of a discerning eye in today’s stone marketplace. Our customers have come to expect luxurious appeal and timeless quality while being fully sustainable and environmentally responsible. We have a passion for our product and it shows in our attention to detail. We have a big selection to help increase home value using natural stone.

Natural Stone Selection