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  • 7/29/2020 8:48 AM

Update: A Checklist for Choosing Natural Stone Slabs

If you are considering natural stone for your space, you may be wondering what the best choice is. There are many options, which means that you need to do your research in order to pick the best material for your space. Choosing your natural stone all depends on what type of look you are going for and what it will be up against. This is because all stones have different pros and cons and work better in some environments than others. 

Natural stone slabs are each unique and vary in the amount of coloration, veins, natural fissures and more. This is a huge draw for natural stone because no two stones are the same. Finding a fabricator that has a warehouse and keeps slabs in stock is the best option for purchasing stone slabs, this way you get to physically inspect the slab that you are buying and can ensure that you will be happy with the results. If you need some tips on choosing the best natural stone for your space, here are some things to check off as you consider.

Imagine the end result

Do you like the look of natural veining and picture it in your completed kitchen or bathroom? Do you not want to see veins, natural fissures, or spots in your finished project? If you do not want to see certain characteristics in your slab, ask the fabricator to commit to avoiding these elements. It may sound like a lot to ask for, but any good fabricator will avoid any personal preferences for their customers. Ultimately, if you still don’t like what you see, then you will likely have to choose different slabs.

Consider the veining

The direction of the veins makes quite a difference. Your fabricator should be able to give you advice if you talk to them about it. After templates are created, it is advised to be present to be a part of the layout process to ensure that things look the way you want.

Feel for natural fissures

A lot of granite colors have natural fissures. Make sure you are aware of and happy with these before you commit. Typically once the surface is installed and sealed, you will not feel the fissure at all. You really do not need to worry about any weak points either if the stone is properly installed. 

Ask about maintenance

Ensure that a plan is in place to seal the stone after it is installed by either the installer or yourself. You should also be sure that whatever maintenance is required for the stone that you choose is something that you are able and willing to do. Natural stone slabs are pretty low maintenance, but you should be sure of what you need to do to keep them looking great. 

Ask to view full size samples

If possible, ask to view completed kitchens with different edge details. Seeing the full size sample will give you the best idea of how the edge you choose will look in your own kitchen.

Pick out the stone in proper lighting

The best lighting for choosing a stone is good indoor lighting. Looking at stone outside in bright sunlight can misrepresent what the stone will look like indoors. Also, be sure to request a sample of stone to take home before committing to the purchase.

Discuss the types of finish you desire

If you want brushed or honed countertops talk to your fabricator about the maintenance. It is recommended that brushed or honed stone be sealed by a professional. Black granite that is brushed or honed is harder to maintain due to visible fingerprints, dust, and marks from cooking oil that can stain the stone.

Final choice

If you still are torn between certain colors of stone after reading the above information, then choose the stone that speaks to you or stands out to you the most. There’s no doubt that multiple types of stone and colors will work well in your space, but after all the technical components have been checked the best advice is to go with your feelings on the choice of stone. If you still need some help picking out your natural stone slabs, contact us at GMS Werks, so we can help you plan your project!

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