Natural Stone — Before You Buy, Read This! Part 1

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tile and Natural Stone


Learn all you can before buying stone for your home. In this section we’ve laid down what we know and what you should consider before making your buying decision. Because knowledge about stone specifics and characteristics, about its traits and subtle differences, can be invaluable.  Choosing the best stone for your home is really about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance and budget to best meet the needs of your lifestyle.

  • no two pieces are ever the same
  • natural characteristics: color, veining and markings, hardness and porosity
  • floor begins with giant pieces of stone that are mined from the earth
  • transported to factories where they are cut into thin slabs
  • each slab is different, displaying the affects of the physical course of its ancient history
  • each tile cut from the same slab might look completely different from the next
  • veining and crystallization may be abundant in one, yet non-existent in another
  • variations are to be expected and enjoyed
  • samples you view in the showroom can have completely different veining patterns or color variations compared to the stone we will install in your home
  • is not possible for you to hand select each tile of your natural stone
  • if you are concerned about the final appearance, work with a sales associate to preview a dye lot sample of the actual tile to be installed, prior to final installation
  • irregular markings, lines, veins and crystallization are not cracks or imperfections
  •  if you select a combination of natural stone products, of the same color and type of stone, they will not match
  • no natural stone tile will have a perfectly smooth surface
  • may be small chips or pits that may be apparent in different lighting
  • will vary more in thickness, squareness and length
  • once installed, it will not be a perfectly smooth surface from tile to tile
  • varies in hardness, which is the scratch resistance of a mineral
  • talc is the softest mineral and diamond is the hardest
  • consider what types of activities will be taking place where the stone is installed
  • do not install a soft, porous type of stone in a high traffic area

 

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