6 Common Myths About Natural Stone
It goes without saying that the striking beauty of natural stone is unmatched by any other material. However, there are still many people who are reluctant to use it within their homes. After all, there are negative connotations associated with it. At Aurora Stone, one of our goals is to educate Australians on the excellent benefits and features of natural stone for their homes. As such, we’ve put together this article to debunk the common myths about granite, marble, and travertine.
1) It’s for the Rich Only
We won’t deny the fact that natural stone used to be incredibly pricey decades ago. However, it is adequately available in the market these days. In some cases, you may even find it at the same price as other manufactured materials. What’s more, natural stone is available in a number of different varieties.
Keep in mind that there is no standard price for natural stone. Many factors come into play, including availability, demand and supply, and overhead charges such as quarrying, finishing, transportation, and installation. As such, you should contact us and let us help you compare the prices. We can even provide you with a projected lifespan of the natural stone against engineered stone and porcelain tiles. It is worth noting that natural stone can last for decades and even centuries with proper maintenance.
2) It Is Extremely Difficult to Maintain
A lot of people think that it is challenging to maintain natural stones. However, once you’ve taken the proper precautions, it is a lot easier to care for marble, granite, and travertine. Here at Aurora Stone, we seal the material adequately before installing it. As long as you remember to seal the natural stone from time to time, all you’ll need to do is give it a simple wipe to keep it clean. Of course, you should always be careful not to let spills sit on it for a long time, to avoid turning them into stains. That said, you can always check out our blog to learn how to care for marble, granite, and other natural stones.
3) It Shouldn’t be Used for Benchtops
Another common misconception about natural stone is that it should not be used for countertops. Many people believe that it is not water-resistant or that it is not durable enough to handle daily kitchen activities. What they do not know is that natural stone is the ideal choice for baking. Since it has a hard and cold surface, it is perfect for rolling dough. It is not unusual to see natural stone in the kitchens of busy bakeries. Moreover, since we seal the material, it is also water-resistant.
4) It’s Out of Style
What’s great about natural stone is that every slab is unique in itself. The various grains, patterns, colours, shapes and sizes offer enough choices for you to create an excellent design. There is a reason why the material remains popular amongst real estate buyers. The trends in interior design may fade, but natural stone is timeless. What’s more, the time-worn look of this material makes it even more appealing. So, over time, these stones may very well work to increase the value of your property.
You will also find various types of finishing for different applications and styles. The costlier materials—such as granite, marble, and travertine—never go out of fashion. As a property owner, they will become a matter of pride for you.
5) It Can be Problematic to Restore Natural Stone
Slabs of natural stone can crack or break due to various factors, including accidental/intentional damages, impact from heavy substances, or an earthquake. Regardless of this, you do not have to worry. Depending on the level of damages, you may not need to replace the entire material all altogether. Some professionals can fix cosmetic damages such as cracks on natural stone. As long as you consult with an expert stonemason, you will be able to restore the affected area quickly.
6) It is not a Wise Investment
Natural stone will indeed cost more upfront. However, you should consider the characteristics of this material. For instance, it has some peculiarities that you will not find in any other surface covering. No other material can give the same appeal as its time-worn effects can. What’s more, you can mend the wear and tear easily, even within a small budget. In addition to this, the natural stone will help to increase the value of your property over time, making it more profitable when you resell.
Get Your Natural Stone from Aurora Stone
As one of the largest stone manufacturers in Western Australia, we can attest to the timeless beauty, durability, and functionality of natural stone. Here at Aurora Stone, we only offer premium quality granite, marble, travertine, and onyx that meet the highest Australian standards. Allow us to debunk the common myths that you know about natural stone.
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