Whether you’re considering a natural stone floor or a natural cobblestone driveway, you’re likely to hear these myths as you navigate through the stone selection process.
Natural stone can fit effortlessly into a variety of decors, making it a top choice for consumers and designers. Yet there are several myths that cause homeowners and professionals to question its practicality. Below are the top four reviewed by the Natural Stone Institute, including our own suggestions.
Myth #1: Stone Stains Easily.
Staining can occur on natural stone, as with practically any surface. But for those considering natural stone, the misperception is that everyday products like red wine, cosmetics, or coffee will stain natural stone countertops or flooring beyond repair. While staining can occur on any light colored material, including some lighter stones, most stains are treatable. Professionals can troubleshoot as long as the origin of the stain is known.
Two keys to success: if you’re concerned about staining, be aware and mindful of the choice of stone in areas such as the kitchen, high traffic flooring areas, children’s areas. Secondly, consult a professional to have the stone sealed.
Myth #2: Natural Stone is Expensive.
Natural stone can be expensive, but the price varies greatly – again like many other materials. Our clients are often surprised for example, at the cost similarity between man-made flooring and real stone tiles as well as man-made driveway pavers and natural stone pavers.The source of the stone, its availability and demand usually determines cost. In addition, working with independent stone professionals like Monarch Stone International, removes overhead costs associated with larger design or retail stores and personal service and expertise are often better. Consider the initial investment and the longevity of natural stone vs. a man-made product that has a limited life-span. We believe natural stone is a better long-term investment.
Myth #3: Natural Stone Requires Too Much Maintenance.
Again, it depends on the stone and where you place it. Yes, there are stones which can be susceptible to etching or scratching if placed in areas that are prone to this. Here are some tips:
- See #1 above – choose where to use stone carefully
- Consult with and apply a professional stone sealer
- Use a cutting board when preparing food on natural stone countertops, especially with acidic foods such as tomato sauce or lemons.
- Use coasters and trivets under glasses and hot pans.
- Clean spills quickly
- Do not use harsh cleaning products on natural stone (use a gentle cleanser and a soft cloth)
Myth #4: Natural Stone Goes Out of Style.
In our opinion – never! Anyone in the design world knows that certain colors and finishes go in and out of style. Not the case with natural stone!. It is timeless, classic and durable. Natural stone adds charm, a sense of history (especially true for antique/reclaimed material) and a connection with nature! It brings depth and texture to a setting that is not found in other materials. Look around and consider the historic buildings in your area that used stone. We believe natural stone exteriors or interiors, should age in place beautifully and durably. It is the building material of the ages!
Selecting natural stone for your home or commercial project is an investment decision requiring expertise. Specifying the right stone requires an understanding of the vast choices in types, color and application. With over 35 years experience and global reach with factories and quarries worldwide, Monarch Stone International will provide you with a stone investment that will last a lifetime!