ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES OF NATURAL STONE

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Natural stone tiles are distinct and unique

You should always view several pieces of the tile that is to be installed before the installation begins.  Since it has been created by nature, not only are no pieces exactly alike, those two pieces may not even be very similar.

The most common natural stone tiles include

Slate, flagstone (sandstone), marble, granite, travertine and limestone.  Each stone has unique characteristics and maintenance requirements.

Generally, you should seal natural stone tile before grouting

Unless you are planning on using the grout color in the stone as a design element.

Most natural stones are not resistant against common household acid (lemon juice) or oil stains

Therefore, you should use a penetrating sealer for all natural stones after installation.  Follow manufacturers instructions on frequency of re-application.

The advantages of natural stone

  • Timeless, unique appearance
  • Design capabilities of through-body color material
  • Perceived value
  • Durable countertops and floors (granite)
  • May be re-polished if scratched

The disadvantages of natural stone

  • Ongoing re-sealing program is required
  • Limited chemical and stain resistance
  • Higher installation costs than ceramic tile
  • Product received seldom looks like the sample

Stone Products Disclaimer

Today, more than ever, the beauty of natural stone is a favorite choice of designers, architects and homebuilders. For floors, walls and countertops there are a variety of natural stone surface finishes to choose from.

Regardless of which type of material used, all are susceptible to staining and surface wear. To ensure the natural stone provides a lifetime of beauty and function, proper stone care maintenance is recommended.

Natural Stone: All natural stone (granite, travertine, limestone, marble, slate and quartzite, etc.) are inherently subject to variation in shadings and markings and can vary from one shipment to another. Please be advised that each piece of natural stone is virtually unique. Its veining, shading, density and can vary from one box to another.

Understand that these qualities are inherent in the nature of the product. This is part of the beauty of natural stone. They are not considered latent defects and, therefore, Exclusively Yours:  The Maui Home Design Center cannot be held liable for them.

 

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