Differences Between Natural Stone
If you’ve considered using natural stone in your home, you’re probably counting on its durability and strength to stand up to even the most powerful abuse. And while some natural stones do have this kind of durability, it’s important for homeowners to know the difference between different natural stones so you can make the right choice for your home.
Granite is one of the most durable types of natural stone, and there’s a reason it’s often used for kitchen countertops. Granite starts as liquid magma in the earth’s core, making it one of the strongest natural stones. It’s strong, hard and durable, and great for flooring, countertops and outdoor use.
Quartz is another great option if you’re looking for a highly durable natural stone. In fact, granite is made up of mostly quartz. Quartz is more flexible than granite, making it easier to install. It also doesn’t require any sealing because it’s non-porous, making it a great low-maintenance option for kitchens.
Slate is most often used for flooring, and it’s very hard and able to stand up to high traffic. Slate is favoured by pet owners because it’s not likely to be scratched or scraped, and it is excellent for foyers and high traffic areas like hallways. It also has a very long lifespan, so you likely won’t have to replace it. Plus, it looks beautiful. Slate has to be sealed, but it’s absorbent and not water resistant.
While marble is a stunning and luxurious option for flooring and countertops, it’s very high maintenance compared to its stronger counterparts. Marble has to be cleaned and sealed regularly, and should only be cleaned with a pH neutral cleaner. It’s also very likely to stain, so you should avoid marble if you need something more durable.
If travertine is left unsealed, it can be very difficult to clean. Travertine is not very durable when compared to granite, quartz and slate, as it’s pretty soft and prone to chipping and scratches. Unsealed travertine is not a great idea for kitchens or bathrooms, and polished travertine can be too slippery in high moisture areas.
Limestone is a very popular choice for residential flooring, but like travertine, it’s very porous and likely to crack and scratch. Porous materials stain very easily and are challenging to clean making stain removal quite challenging , and must be sealed regularly to keep any dirt or soil from becoming embedded. Limestone is not recommended for high traffic areas.
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