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Using the Correct Stone for the Correct Application



Kitchen worktops


Kitchen worktops should be in a stone that is durable and impervious to water or staining. That rules out marble, limestone, or any hybrid stones. We recommend either granite or quartz composite stone, both of which are ideal for long lasting worktops that will look new for years to come.


Bathrooms


The choice of stone greatly increases for bathrooms, which is odd as there is still plenty of water around. However, water generally does not damage stone, it is food dye, or wine, or some other staining element that makes marble inappropriate for kitchens. In bathrooms, marble is quite acceptable, and quite often at a lower cost than granite also. It may have to be treated with sealing chemicals depending on how exposed it is to water (a stone shower tray for example).

There is no reason why granites or quartz surfaces should be excluded from bathrooms. In fact, it is worth checking out if any offcuts are available in your preferred stone that we may have left over from kitchen worktop installations - your choice at a low cost.

Finally, we have recently started promoting marble composite slab which have the consistency advantages of quartz, but at a much more affordable level.


Stone Flooring and Stair Cases


The jury is out on the appropriateness of soft stone (marbles and limestones) in passageways such as hallways, or staircase treads and risers. Many designers like the modern look of matt finished limestone, however the stone certainly deteriorates over medium term.

Marble is generally considered suitable for flooring, even in high use public areas like hotel lobbies. Stone Masters has installed several staircases in marble with great success, and happy customers in the long run.

Granite is certainly suitable for flooring and staircases. Quartz composite is being requested more and more for these applicationsby architects and designers in the form of tiles, however, the cost proves crippling in many cases.

Please consider using non-polished surface finishes when specifying the stone for flooring.


Stone for external use


This topic is too large and varied to be covered well in a short article, especially as the choice combined with the application can be bewildering. We have been involved in everything from granite, to thick Portland Stone. Some architects have expressed hesitation when specifying marble for the outside, however most Italian towns have marble as a prerequiste throughout their pavements. We would be happy to discuss your requirements in a case by case basis.

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