Before You Buy
The cost of natural stone has decreased in the past few years, prompting it to become a popular choice among homeowners. Stone such as granite has become widely used as an alternative to other countertop materials for its beauty and endurance. We've also seen an increase in the use of marble and porcelain. Homeowners are choosing to invest in their properties, and natural stone is an ideal choice that adds elegance.
Still, there are several things to keep in mind when purchasing natural stone, to ensure you are satisfied with the results. Below, we have listed the main points for consumers to be aware of prior to making a decision to use natural stone. If you need any assistance, or have more questions that are not addressed here, please contact us for more information. We'd be happy to discuss your needs with you.
While the cost of natural stone has come down in recent years, it still involves a significant investment. And, of course, the larger the surface area, the higher the cost. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to well over $300 per square foot for designer lines. There are various grades you can purchase as well, and typically natural stone slabs (the highest quality you can purchase) will cost significantly more than tile. Natural stone installations should be left to the professionals, so you must take into account the cost of installation as well.
Stone is naturally occurring, and, as a result, allows for a limited colour palette. Variations in colour and pattern means no two pieces of natural stone will ever be the same. Each piece is unique and is nature's very own piece of art. Understandably, this can make working with natural stone difficult at times. A professional installer knows what to look for and can determine which pieces work well together.
Natural stone is porous and requires regular maintenance. Despite its durability, surfaces can scratch and stain. It is important to never cut food on natural stone to avoid permanent damage, and to immediately wipe up any spills to maintain the stone's natural beauty over time. In the case of countertops or table tops, coasters, placemats and potholders should always be used to further minimize the chances of staining or scratching. When it comes to cleaning, the surface should never be scrubbed or scraped. It is also best to avoid common cleaners, and instead purchase a stone cleaner that is formulated for the type of stone you have. In bathrooms, keep hair products, soaps, perfumes, nail polish, and lotions away from natural stone to avoid staining. Finally, a stone polisher and colour enhancer should be used approximately every 2 months for a lasting finish.
Natural Stone Countertops
At the time of installation of a granite countertop, the granite is sealed, and will usually require further sealing a year later to maintain its beauty and shine. Sealing alone, however, will not protect it. Great care should be heeded when placing anything on the surface of the granite countertop. Nearly anything can stain it. Liquids or food need to be cleaned from the surface immediately. Further, granite will not withstand heat.
Granite is however, very resistant to impact, scratching and certain types of staining when properly maintained with regular cleaning, sealing and polishing. Your colour selection will also have a bearing on what stains show and what ones do not.
Natural Quartz Countertops
Natural quartz countertops are also very durable, and tend to be highly resistant to permanent staining. Nonetheless, proper maintenance is important, and wiping away any spills.
Marble countertops generally require more care than other stones in order to keep its beauty. Marble is very easy to scratch and stain. As long as the damage or staining is not extensive, marble usually can be restored to its original finish.
Slate countertops tend to hold up very well. Slate can not be damaged by hot pots or pans, and is naturally stain resistant. Minor blemishes can be easily polished out. Slate is typically a low maintenance stone, compared to other natural stones, requiring only the application of mineral oil from time to time to seal it.
#4: View Your Stone in Person
We have provided samples of our products online to show you the types of natural stone we carry, as well as the variations in pattern and colour available. Since every piece of natural stone is different (no two granites are ever alike), it is important that you view the stone in person to ensure the colour and pattern are exactly as you like. Pictures on the Internet do not compare with what we have at our store. For directions to our location, please visit our contact us page.
Natural stone is an investment in your home or business. As such, installation should be left to the professionals. Most people do not have the expertise required to properly cut and install stone. As soon as a piece of slab is cut, no changes can be made.
At C&M Tile and Granites, our professional installers come to your home to take exact measurements. Then we carry out the cutting and the installation. We ensure that your natural stone is installed to fit, adding elegance and beauty.