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Title: Tips to follow before selecting Natural Stones for Your Home


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Tips to follow before selecting Natural Stones
for Your Home
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Introduction
  • Since ancient times we are using natural stones
    as a premium construction material. After the
    invention and propagation of cement-concrete
    based materials, we experienced a slowdown in the
    use of natural stones. Recent improvements in
    quarrying, cutting, and supplying technologies,
    natural stones are no more a luxury material for
    our homes.
  • It creates a lot of confusion for homeowners as
    well as contractors to take right decisions
    regarding stones. To help them out, here, I am
    going to give some useful tips when choosing
    natural stones the best ways.

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1. Choose Right Stone Types for Right Places
  • Fundamentally, we know natural rocks are of three
    main categories based on their origins. Igneous
    rocks, sedimentary rocks, and metamorphic rocks.
    We use all three types of rocks in our
    construction projects under the titles of
    different species.

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Stone Types Interior Spaces Exterior Spaces
Quartzite Kitchen countertops, cabinet-tops, tabletops, floors, and other heavily used surfaces. Façade, porch, and patio paving. Pool decks, paths, walkways, and driveways.
Granite Same as above Same as above
Travertine Same as above Same as above plus stone furniture.
Slate Kitchen countertops, fireplace facing, and floors Façade patio paving, paths paving, pool decks, and Roofs.
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Stone Types Interior Spaces Exterior Spaces
Sandstone Structural elements in stacked walls, trims, and pillars. Also in floors Architectural elements in stacked walls, trims, and posts. Patio paving. In stone-based furniture.
Limestone Same as above Same as above
Bluestone Same as above Same as above
Marbles Mostly for flooring in all interior spaces. Wall cladding for luxurious homes. Structural elements like columns. Pool and patio paving, exterior wall cladding, windows sills, and headers.
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2. Create Aesthetic Appeal for Spaces Using
Natural Stones
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3. Selection of Appropriate Hues of Colors of
Natural Stones in a Theme
  • No.1 Darker shades of colors are advisable where
    chances of frequent staining are high, for
    instance, various countertops, including kitchen
    countertops, cabinet tops, dining tabletops, and
    basin tops. Dont worry if the rests of ambiance
    have brighter colors because it can give you a
    contrasting appeal.

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  • No.2 Dark colors easily hide watermarks,
    fingerprints, and a layer of dust on the
    surfaces. If you have an outdoor barbeque or
    kitchen facilities for frequent parties, dark
    hues are the right choices.

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  • No.3 Brighter colors have a spatial property
    that it can expand the small spaces into
    psychologically large. It also can create a calm
    ambiance when applied in large or open spaces
    surrounded by natural greenery. Thereby, garden
    patios and swimming pools tend to be white or
    very bright colored.

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4 Selection of Textures Patterns of Natural
Stones in a Theme
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5 Selection of Right Effects of Natural Stones
in a Theme
  • Rustic Effects of Natural Stones
  • It is a natural and earthy effect. The texture
    is prominent on the surfaces of stones. Colors
    look earthy.

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Casual Effects of Natural Stones
  • A synergy runs among the floor, steps, walls,
    pillars, and structural features when you use
    natural stones.

Warm Effects of Natural Stones
The entire ambiance seems welcoming and warm.
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Inviting Effects of Natural Stones
  • Travertine floors, wall cladding with granite
    stones, and stacked stones in pillars/columns
    exert inviting impacts on the mind of onlookers.

Elegant Effects of Natural Stones
Fine textured marbles leave elegant effects to
your façade.
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6 Make Right Choice for Natural Stone Surface
Finishes to Create Viable Spaces
Polished stone Finishing
Tumbled Stone Finishing
Natural Finishing
Mushroom Stone Finishing
Bush Hammered Stone Finishing
Sandblasted Stone Finishing
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7 Check the Hardness of Natural Stones
According to Applications
Similarly, check harness of marble by making
scratch using steel knife so we can say marble is
softer than steel.
Check hardness of sandstone by creating scratch
on the glass surface. It indicates that it is
harder than glass.
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Minerals in Stones Mohs Scale Hardness Test
Talc 1 Easy to scratch with thumbnail
Gypsum 2 Tough to scratch with thumbnail
Calcites 3 Easy to cut by a knife
Fluorite 4 Somewhat tricky to cut by a knife
Apatite 5 Difficult to cut by a knife
Feldspar 6 Tougher to cut by a steel knife
Quartz 7 Not to cut by a knife
Topaz 8 It can scratch glasses or softer material
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8 Examine the Durability of Natural Stones
  • Splitting Most of the stones have layers and
    Slate, or Schist has pronounced. 
  • Crumbling Stones have grains means pockets of a
    particular kind of mineral deposition in a
    specific fashion.
  • Cracking Some cracks in the rocks occur
    naturally that is called Fissures while human
    originated breaks are pure cracks! 

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9 Look at Stain Resistance Properties of
Natural Stones
Stone Types Water Absorption Typical Range (In Weight ) ASTM Spec. Standard Requirements
Granite 0.8-1 C615 0.40
Marble 0.8-0.04 C503 0.20
Sandstone 12-0.3 C616 8(S) 3(QS)
Limestone 26-0.08 C568 12(LD) 7.5(MD) 3.0(HD)
Slate 6-0.3 C629 0.45
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10 Measure Strength Properties of Natural Stones
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11 Consider Wear Tear Aspects of Natural
Stones According to Applications
  • Judging wear tear means determining the
    lifespan of the natural stones. Abrasion of
    stones can take place due to scratching,
    scuffing, wearing down, rubbing away, or marring
    like processes.

12 Consider the Costs of Natural Stones
According to Applications
  • The cost of natural stones for your projects much
    depends on two things. Vicinity of stone supplier
    and installation charges. Fortunately, with the
    advent of transportation and shipping
    technologies as well as facilities, we can get
    our orders quickly even from the offshore
    suppliers with competitive rates.

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Conclusion
  • World of Stones USA is an ideal destination to
    get cost-effective natural stones for your
    outdoor applications. You have enough
    opportunities to explore a massive inventory of
    stones. Moreover, you will get free of charge
    consultation services to obtain the best
    selection according to your bespoke requirements
    and budget.

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Thank You
  • Contact Us
  • https//worldofstonesusa.com
  • info_at_worldofstonesusa.com

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    tones-for-home/
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