investing in a natural stone slab, many Toronto homeowners can become
overwhelmed with their choices. From marble to porcelain, granite and
quartzite, the choice of which affordable natural stone should go in which part
of your house can be a confusing one. With a few basic pieces of information,
this choice can be much easier.
One of the most desired places to put natural stone is in the kitchen,
specifically countertops. Because the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in
the house, it is important to look for a natural stone that is durable and easy
Granite is the fan favourite for kitchen countertops, as it can come in a wide
array of colours and textures. Granite is highly durable and can withstand a
lot of routine hard use. However, keep in mind that it is a porous stone,
meaning it has the tendency to absorb moisture. This means that without routine
cleaning, it can harbor bacteria and other moisture harmful to the stone.
Marble is another strong choice for kitchen countertops. Marble is one of the
best natural stones in regards to heat transfer ability, and is used in many
professional kitchens. It is also one of the most timelessly beautiful stones,
and makes a strong luxurious statement in kitchens. Marble is a soft stone
however, and is more prone to scratching and scuffs with regular hard use; it
can also absorb and hold moisture in the ways granite can.
The bathroom may be the most difficult room to add natural stone to, as the
obvious key concern here is moisture retention. Slate is one of the best
choices for bathroom surfaces, as it is not porous like many natural stones and
incredibly hard. Slate is great for bathroom flooring for these reasons, and
will be able to withstand all the use it receives. The only consideration with
slate is its dark colour palate, and many buyers will be put off by its dark
and gloomy colour scheme.
Another strong idea for bathroom stone is to use natural stone tiles instead of
slabs. Tiles will not retain water the same way slabs will, as the small
amounts of rock are not able to absorb and spread moisture as effectively. The
addition of grout will also stop water transfer and therefore reduce moisture
retention. Tiles can also be designed in intricate patterns, creating a
beautiful look stone slabs alone cannot. Like all tile elements in the house
however, tiles must be regularly cleaned and sealed in order to ensure
Around the Home Stone
Some of the best uses of stone are around the home where they’d least be
expected. Granite can be used for stair treads, curbing, or even general
flooring in the house. Slate is one of the best roofing options on the market
to date. Quartzite can be used to cover walls, floors, and even roofs. Marble
can even be used for decorative pillars and outside elements of the house.
All natural stone slab purchases require a good level of basic research and
understanding how the stones react to the elements. Be it kitchen and bathroom
stone, to decorative elements and support beams, natural stone slabs can be an
affordable investment into the beauty and quality of your Toronto home.