Professional Advice: Choosing Natural Stone

Caring for Natural Stone

Marble In Your Kitchen

Polished marble is a great natural stone for kitchens as long as you know the correct way to maintain your investment. While granite would be more durable in a kitchen setting there are some choices in fabrication of marble.

You see kitchen design magazines that show beautiful polished marble on counter tops and floors.
Some customers will insist to the builder, remodeler, or natural stone fabricator this is what they want because they have seen this elsewhere and or it came recommended for the look they want.

Many people get marble because they are looking for a white stone. There are several white granites that can be used as an alternative. Bianco Romano, Cashmere White, African Ivory, Luna Pearl, Viscont White, and several others.

Polished marble, travertine and limestone can dull from foods and beverages that are acidic. There are many of our foods and beverages that contain acids which will etch or burn the stone’s finish, requiring periodic restoration if precautions are not taken.

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Should I Seal Natural Stone?

Most natural stone that is porous enough to absorb water or oil born stains benefits from a protective sealer.
The reason for using sealers is to prevent staining as well as prevent damage and loosing the stones bond to it's substrate from freeze and thaw.

Common household foods may stain many natural stones if not protected with a good impregnating sealer.
Sealers can be invisible, as to not change the color of the stone and there are color enhancing sealers that bring out the color of the stone. Also there are topical sealers that can give a satin to a high gloss look.
All these sealers will help protect from staining of natural stone.

Good impregnating sealers will breath allowing water vapor transmission from the stone. Topical sealers generally do not allow moisture with in the stone to escape, there for, topical sealer coatings should be limited to areas not prone to excessive water.

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Granite Myths: The Facts

Myth
Granite costs more than synthetic countertop materials

Fact
Granite prices have dropped significantly in recent years. Today it's often priced lower than many synthetics, such as SileStone, Corian and other brands of engineered stone. Considering its durability and beauty, granite is today's best value among countertop choices.


Myth
Granite absorbs liquids, oils and stains easily

Fact

Granite is exceptionally stain resistant, more so than many synthetic materials, including laminates and solid surface plastics.


Myth
Granite must be re-sealed on a regular basis to prevent staining.

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Natural Stone History & Trivia