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Choosing the correct type of stone

Choosing the correct type of stone

There’s no doubt that natural stone adds an unparalleled beauty and quality to living or workspace. Because stone is a natural, not product, no two pieces are the same; each finished worktop, wall or floor, is unique and distinctive and unlike other materials, it can be used for columns, statuary, balustrades, doorjambs and even furniture pieces.

When used in exterior applications, natural stone also has proven superiority to manufactured or engineered stone in withstanding the effects of nature.

Benefits of natural stone:

  • Classic and unique looks
  • Increased home value
  • Affordability
  • Premium quality
  • Long lasting
  • Easy to maintain

There are

Lots of options when it comes to natural stone for your home or business interior or exterior: slate, granite, marble, quartz-based stone, and limestone, to name just a few of them.

Choosing natural stone is a personal decision and while there are hundreds of options, some are better suited than others to particular uses.

The Colour

Natural stones are available in a wide range of colours. In granite and marble, for instance, shades range from soft beige and black and white to rich corals, blues and multi-colours.

Marble traditionally features swirls and veins of colors, while granite has a flecked or pebbled appearance.

The Finish

Natural stone can be polished, honed or flamed. has a glossy surface that reflects light and emphasizes the color of the stone. This finish is typically used on worktops, walls, furniture tops and tiles.

A honed finish is a satin-smooth surface with little light reflection. It is generally preferred for bathrooms, floors, stair treads, thresholds, and other areas where heavy traffic will wear off a polished finish.

A flamed finish is a rough textured surface.


As a rule of thumb, the harder the stone, the more it resists abrasion.

Using a Stone Measurement of Hardness (MOH) rating, on which 1 is the softest and 10 is the hardest, most marbles rate as a 3, while quartz-based granites rate as a 7 on the same scale. Using a softer stone requires the use of gentler cleansers and more frequent dusting to prevent scratching.

Types of Stone



Ideal for bathrooms, floors, and hearths Marble is found in Italy, Germany, Spain, India, Portugal and other countries worldwide.

Because of its beauty, elegance and uniqueness marble is a popular choice for, floors, foyers, fireplace facings and hearths, walls and window sills Marble adds a sophisticated element to your home or business, and it’s beautiful appearance, unique characteristics and ease of maintenance make it a natural choice for floors, wall coverings, table tops bathroom walls, floors, vanity tops and showers.



A great choice for kitchen worktops, floors, and other heavily used surfaces. Granite is one of the most popular natural stones on the market.

Granite has resistance to heat and is also one of the most bacteria resistant kitchen surfaces.

It is also nearly impossible to scratch and with the proper cleaning will not stain under normal us.

Granite is also well suited for exterior applications such as cladding, paving and curbing.

Travertine, Limestone, Sandstone & Slate


Beautiful looks for your home, inside and out Travertine, limestone, sandstone and slate are other natural stones frequently used in residential applications.

Travertine, a type of limestone, is on of the most popular natural stones for interior and exterior wall cladding, paving, statuary and curbing as well as bathrooms.

Popular applications include flooring, interior and exterior wall cladding and exterior paving. Slate is often used in fireplace facings, table tops, roofing, chimneys, garden walls, patio benches and pool sides.

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