For thousands of years man has been using natural stone for everything from art to architecture. Natural stone is the obvious choice for those requiring the most beautiful and durable materials. We have invented and manufactured marvels that we now take for granted such as cell phones and computers. We have left earth and traveled to the moon. We have sent drones to Mars and all over the Milky Way, but we are still unable to manufacture a material that is as beautiful as well as durable as natural stone.
Technology may not be able to reproduce natural stone, but it has helped make it easier to mine. Natural stone has become more and more price friendly over the past few decades. This makes it more price comparable to materials such as laminate and manmade quartz counter tops. Even if you're looking for a low budget project, consider some of the less expensive materials like granite for your countertops and travertine for your floors.
Natural stone is very low, if any, maintenance. In fact, natural stone gets better with age. It's timeless elegance not only ads beauty to your home, but also raises home value. Whether you're looking to improve home value, sell your home, or simply enjoy upgrade and enjoy your home, consider granite, marble, travertine, or any natural stone for your floors, counter tops, shower walls, or fireplace.
A warning for natrual stone buyers: there are different levels, classes, and qualities of natural stone. When shopping for your stone you will see the beauty of veining and random deposits throughout the material. Be sure to keep an eye out for excessive fading due to improper storage and unusable cracked areas of the stone. Your fabricator should be able to identify what is usable material and what is not. It is expecially importannt when buying an exotic stone to requets doing a layout with the fabricator so that you know where your seams will be and where different aspects of the stone will lie througout your project.