Can you afford NOT ” to have natural stone in your home? Natural stone has come a long way since it was first used in the home. With the technological advances and the cost of transportation and production, natural stone is more affordable than ever before. That is not to say that there are not more expensive and less expensive stones available, most stones do vary in price. For the low cost and the high return on natural stone, it is becoming a staple in most homes.
Let’s just say, if your house is for sale and you have stone countertops, I might be interested. It is said that most people, when searching for a home, first look in the kitchen and bathrooms. This is because those are the areas where people spend the most time. These are some main areas that are most likely not going to be replaced right away. People who walk into a beautifully decorated kitchen automatically can imagine themselves having a dinner party or making a meal. This creates an immediate desire for the house.
Most of the time remodeling a kitchen or bathroom for re-sale can have a positive return for the seller. On a street with multiple homes for sale, or even a geographical area, a home with a decorated kitchen and/or bathroom using natural stone and fairly new appliances will sell much quicker than a home that needs remodeling work. This ultimately makes your home a better buy and more desirable then the next one.
Other than being the coolest house on your block, natural stone has many advantages that make it one of the worlds leading solid surfaces. From the wide array of color selection to the ease of care and maintenance, natural stone is a product for the exquisite taste, and for people who want that “One-of-a-Kind” product. Being used for construction, natural stone has a very elegant and natural look, unlike any other surface out there. When natural stone is used for the home, whether it is countertops, flooring, showers or decoration, it always becomes a topic of conversation and is appreciated for its natural beauty. Because of the most recent technology created to manufacture natural stone products, it has become more affordable than ever, and based on the durability, these products are built to last for many more years than most other surfaces. It is said that granite countertops have a lifespan of over 100 years. Natural stone can be found around the world in many different countries and climates. Under these unique conditions, natural stone can be seen in many different colors, patterns, and even shapes and sizes. Because of this large variety, natural stone can work with virtually any color or texture available.
Is a 30 year old adult difficult to take care of? In some cases the answer is yes, however for this example, you will see how natural stone is basically self-maintained. Natural stone has come a long way since it was first used as decorative surfaces. Not only is it manufactured to last, but there have been extremely successful studies on how to preserve and maintain natural stone. When it comes to household surfaces, there are a large variety of products which are made specifically for natural stone. Some products are guaranteed to last a lifetime while others only last about one year. Either way, these products should be maintained on a regular basis to assure that your stone will remain in top shape to resist scratching and irregular wearing. Natural stones need natural care, so stay away from any chemical that is not specifically recommended or formulated for that type of product. We recommend using a specially formulated product that is meant for use on natural stone or simply antibacterial soap and warm water for those times that you are out of stone cleaner. There are different types of stone, which all have different and unique ways to maintain them to keep them looking great for a long time. Some stones are affected by acids, such as ketchup, tomatoes, lemons, limes, and many more acidic foods. Marble and Onyx are some of the more delicate stones, especially when polished. For a list of natural stone care and maintenance products which can be found at AMC Marble & Granite,click here.