Natural Stone: The Value-Conscious Remodeling Choice For Your Home

When you're putting together the plans for your home remodeling project, getting the most for your investment is always important. So, you may dismiss granite, marble, slate, or other natural stone out of hand when selecting your countertops, vanity tops, shower-stall covering, or flooring. But on closer examination, using less expensive materials may actually be false economy.

It is true that the initial costs of natural stone are higher than synthetic materials, and installation may also be more costly. But when you consider that your remodeling project is intended to last a lifetime, the use of nature's finest building materials begins to make good economic sense. Practical appeal, care and maintenance of natural stone is simple and inexpensive. When the surface is properly sealed, natural stone can be kept looking its best with little more than warm water. No more waxing, buffing, stripping, or polishing.

Granite countertops are impervious to heat, and highly durable, with an essentially indefinite lifespan. Natural stone is not indestructible, but it resists wear better than any other material, and in the rare instance in which the surface is damaged, it can be repaired.

Natural stone is available in a wide array of varieties, including marble, granite, limestone, slate, travertine, onyx, and quartzite. Color availability is virtually unlimited. Granite tiles and slabs cover the spectrum from near-white to rich greens, absolute blacks, and even blues. With the warm tones of travertine and limestone, and varied beauty of marble, the possibilities are almost endless.

Natural stone is so versatile, it can be used just about anywhere in your home: kitchen countertops, islands, and peninsulas, bathroom vanity tops, shower stalls and Jacuzzis, tabletops, fireplaces, and outdoor bars and grill areas.

Natural stone tiles and slabs are available in different sizes, allowing flexibility in design and patterning. Granite and marble slabs can be fabricated and tailored to meet virtually any need.

When used in the right setting, stone can also provide passive solar heating, as it absorbs warmth from sunlight, then radiates heat into the room in the evening.

And, of course, stone provides a timeless natural beauty and elegance that simply can't be duplicated with man-made materials. Its use will enhance the appearance and value of your home, permanently.

Contact us today to talk with a remodeling contractor about how natural stone may best be incorporated into your kitchen, bath, or other home remodeling project.



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