Why Natural Stone?
The beauty and character of natural stone cannot be matched by man-made materials. It provides aesthetic value to any area of your home and your stone will always be unique as no two pieces are ever identical. It can be used on most any area or surface of your home including countertops, walls, floors, fireplaces, or patios. Natural stone is available in a wide variety of colors and textures that will work effortlessly with any area of your home. It is durable, long lasting and adds beauty and value to any home.
Is Stone a Good Value?
Although natural stone will initially cost little more to purchase and install than manmade surfaces such as Corian, stone will add tremendous value to your home that does not depreciate. With proper care, the durability, longevity, and natural beauty will last forever.
What stone is best for countertops and heavily used surfaces?
It is best to use a siliceous stone such as granite on your kitchen countertops or similarly used surface because of its strength, density and resistance to abrasion and heat. Engineered stone likewise is an excellent option, depending upon the look you are going for, as it is particularly hard and also non-porous.
According to the Marble Institute of America, granite has been tested and found to be superior to other surfaces when it comes to resistance to bacteria from food.
Marble, however, as another kitchen countertop option is both beautiful and easy to maintain, but marble is more susceptible to mild acids from foods such as fruit juice, vinegar, wine, tomato, or soda.
What type of stone would be best for a foyer?
Marble is one option as it is both beautiful and easy to clean and maintain.
With a foyer you also need to consider its usage and the amount of traffic that exists. You may want to consider is a textured and slip resistant stone such as slate or quartzite.
What type of stone should I choose for an outdoor patio or pool area?
We would suggest a textured, non-slip stone product for an outdoor area particularly because of the concern associated with the frequent rain in South Florida. Again, quartzite would be an excellent option as it also has a great look to compliment most any home exterior.
How do I remove a stain?
Natural Stones are porous materials in nature. However, with immediate blotting then washing of a stain it should be eliminated. You want to avoid wiping the stain as it can seep into the stone. Once done blotting, wash the area with plain water and mild soap then dry the area thoroughly, repeating if necessary.
What is the best way to care for my stone?
Proper care for your stone is very important if you want your stone to remain in its original condition over time. We would suggest the use of a good impregnating sealer to coat the stone.
Stone sealers generally fall into one of two categories: hydrophobic or oilophobic. Hydrophobic sealants repel water and water-based chemicals such as acidic foods like juices, teas, and vinegars. Oilophobic sealants are designed to repel oils and grease. Your BR Stone consultant can help guide you as to which sealers is recommended for your stone.
Which cleaning supplies should I use to clean my stone?
For most natural stone, it is best to clean with either a mild soap and warm water or a non-acidic, non-abrasive cleaning solution and warm water.