Choosing The Right Natural Stone For Your Project
Are you planning an exciting home renovation project? Perhaps a bathroom, a kitchen or even a hallway refurbishment? If you’re at the stage of selecting your materials and finish options, the choice can be overwhelming. Checking out ideas on Pinterest or home design sites can give you some inspiration, but they will tell you very little about the longevity or maintenance of the materials you’ve chosen.
If you’re interested in incorporating some natural stone into your design plans, you’ll be rewarded with a classic, timeless finish which looks incredibly striking. But with granite, quartz and marble to choose from, how do you know which is the best choice? This guide will help you to decide.
Granite is a natural stone which comes straight from the earth with only minor processing taking place before it is installed in your home. Granite is one of the most popular choices for countertops, in part due to the extensive array of colours you can choose from to match any stylish new kitchen or utility room design. It can also be used for staircases and exterior stone projects.
Granite is one of the most durable natural stones you could choose from for your installation and is resistant to heat. Any scratches appearing on your surface are easy to fix.
Marble became popular in Ancient Greece and Rome where it was used in the construction of pillars, sculptures and other structures. Now used in the most elegant of homes, a stylish white marble installation is unmistakable. It can be used on floors, walls, countertops or in bathrooms. As it’s an entirely natural product, each piece of marble has a high variation and will look completely unique. In fact, it is often hand-selected by customers to provide the perfect look for their renovations.
Marble is a versatile material for your renovations which will fit in well with any type of design scheme. If you do plan to resell in the future, you can be certain that marble will add value to your home.
In contrast to the pure authenticity of marble and granite, quartz isn’t mined straight from the earth. It is an engineered stone which typically comprises of 90% ground quartz which is then combined with other resins, polymers and pigments to produce the attractive, durable surface that is popular in so many UK homes. You will usually find quartz being used for kitchen countertops or islands, where it looks particularly striking when used as a waterfall edge.
Quartz is incredibly durable so is a great investment for your home renovation project as you can expect it to last for many years to come. Additionally, it is resistant to cracks and most stains.
Now you’ve narrowed it down to these three types of natural stone, you might have some queries about which is the right choice for your specific home renovation project. Feel free to get in touch with Marbonyx on 01702 543 233 for advice.
Which material is best for me?
The type of stone you might choose for your home renovation project will depend on the area you wish to use it in, as well as your individual circumstances. If you have children or pets, then you
might want to choose a harder-wearing material such as quartz for your installation. If you’d like to add long-term value to your home, then you can’t go wrong with an elegant marble surface.
Ease of maintenance might sway your decision, along with the range of colours available to you. If you like the individuality of the natural stone, then granite or marble are simply stunning.
How easy are the materials to maintain?
Quartz is the easiest type of stone to look after, as essentially there’s very little to do to keep it looking in top condition. It offers natural protection against stains or mildew, even if you opt for a white shade of the material.
Marble is a soft stone which is easily permeated, meaning that you will need to apply a marble stone sealer every few months which can be gently worked into the surface. So long as you keep the counter clean and polish it once a month or so, you can expect to have to seal it every 3-6 months. Granite should also be sealed every few months to prevent staining.
How much do natural stone materials cost?
The cost of your marble, granite or quartz material will depend on the size required for your installation, so we can only offer a price once we know your measurements and individual requirements. Marbonyx are proud to offer the very best quality at the very best prices, so you can be assured of a competitive quote when you get in touch with us.