Learn more about all the options you have when choosing stone for your home.

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So you want to add some timeless stately style to your home. With so much to choose from, how do you know what's right for you? I'm Lacey Howard and today I'll help you shop smart for stone. Stone is an all natural, rich, organic material created by millions of years of heat and pressure deep in the earth. Natural stone is mined all over the world and its selection is as beautiful as the great outdoors. Granite is second only to diamond for hardness and denseness and an ideal choice for kitchen floors. Marble comes in many different colors but can be easily scratched. Some types are not recommended for showers or wet areas. Lime stone, a more porous stone, is offered in a range of sandy hues. It stains easily and requires preventive maintenance. Travertine is a member of the limestone family. Slate, a water resistant and very dense stone, is known for its unique cleft texture. Slate is usually dark gray, soft red, and medium green, and can be used indoors and out. Soap stone is a nonporous stone that retains heat but resists moisture, a great choice for bathroom floors. Manufactured stone offers more durability alongside scratch and stain resistance, less chance of chipping or cracking and needs virtually no maintenance. Agglomerate is a synthetic stone made from porch chips and resin in a solid material such as concrete that can be honed or polished. Terrazzo is a smooth, multi-colored material made with marble or granite chips embedded in mortar. Terrazzo can be poured on sight or sold as manufactured tiles. Concrete must be sealed for protection but offers customization with stamping, dying, and staining. Natural stone is fabricated with a surface finish. You can choose glossy, tumbled, or anything in between. Although stone is expensive compared to other flooring materials, there are several money-saving options. Tiles range from large sizes 12 to inches square to small mosaics. Consider stone in small spaces such as [unk] for big impact. Also large scale tiles with minimal grout lines are more affordable substitute for slab applications. When shopping for natural stone, remember that consistency is not an option. Each piece is literally one of a kind. Also we recommend a stone be professionally sealed to maintain its beauty. I hope this guide to stone has helped you narrow down what might work best in your home.