Natural Stone Offers Authenticity

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Natural Stone Offers Authenticity

A home is the best place to express your own individual style — and what better way to do so than with a unique, distinctive floor? For an unparalleled look, many consumers turn to natural stone. Outside of its inherit beauty, natural stone also sets itself apart from other categories with its individuality.

No two pieces of natural stone are identical. Texture variations, fissure lines and rich tones combine to tell a story of their own for innate one-of-a-kind designs. Over time, natural stone develops a unique patina and becomes a product of its environment.

And while categories like ceramic tile can try to replicate stone visuals, natural stone has elements that technology cannot duplicate. Natural stone has the advantage and the benefit over most manufactured flooring products because of the sheer depth and natural variation that comes with stone. Depending on the specific makeup and minerals within the stone, the minerals create a lot of depth, unique movement, and color that you don’t get in ceramic tile.

Beauty certainly isn’t the only benefit that natural stone has to offer consumers — it offers added benefits of functionality as well. Natural stone is durable, sustainable, unique, easy to maintain and versatile. It also comes in a wide variety of price points; there’s a stone for every budget.

Natural stone offers practicality and sturdiness. Eco-friendly by nature, stone carries unmatched durability for indoor and outdoor floors, walls and surfaces.

For busy households or even households on a budget, natural stone is an investment that won’t just satisfy a customer based off looks. Stone is a viable option for households with the most stubborn of problems. Depending on the type of stone and the climate in which your home resides, stone can conduct heat or cold better in some cases, so it has properties that you don’t necessarily get with a manufactured tile product. For example, travertine holds very well in heated conditions; it stays below room temperatures, so you get a cooling effect.

Not only can stone visuals transcend the test of time, but they can also last long in the home as natural stone offers superior longevity. As long as it is maintained properly, natural stone can last decades. With natural stone there are no worries about exposure to harmful chemicals in the home or released into the environment during production or disposal.

Originally appeared on FloorCoveringWeekly.com