UPDATED: Choosing natural stone slabs

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Spring is a popular time for homeowners to start home improvement projects of all types, including bathroom and kitchen remodeling! A main way for homeowners to improve their kitchens and bathrooms is by implementing new natural stone countertops and tabletops. However, when it comes to natural stone your options are endless, which can make choosing the right material a bit overwhelming. 

At Firenze International, we specialize and sell natural stone slabs to distributors in the Omaha, Neb. area. We are experts when it comes to all things natural stone! Below, we offer some tips on how to efficiently choose natural stone materials for your next home project! 

What you should know before buying natural stone slabs

Granite

Granite is one of the most popular options on the market. The reason for this is because granite is low maintenance, scratch and heat resistant. Many suppliers suggest this option for your fireplace, common kitchen area or countertops! Granite slabs come with many different color options and can add value to your kitchen. A bonus is that the color does not fade.

Quartzite

Quartzite is not the same stone as quartz! Quartzite is aesthetically pleasing and durable. The most common color you will find is white, black or gray. It can be used for vanities, countertops, floors, walls and even stairs. 

Marble

Marble is known for its elegance and comes in a variety of colors. This material is also known for being both polished and non-porous. It is typically used for countertops, backsplashes and floors, but it can be used anywhere. Marble is a perfect option because it is stain resistant. 

Other natural stone

Onyx is also a beautiful natural stone slab that people want in their homes. This stone is not known for its durability, it’s more likely to get scratches and chips. This is why it is not recommended for countertops. Onyx is the perfect addition to your kitchen as a backsplash or your bathroom shower tiles.  

How to choose stone slabs

When there are many options of natural stone to choose from, it can be difficult to find the best one for your needs. Here are some tips on how to choose which stone you want to go with. 

  • Think long-term, how do you envision your project to turn out?

  • Understand the finishes, do you want a smooth finish?

  • Think about maintenance, do you have time to constantly clean it? 

  • Ask to see samples 

  • Find out the direction of the veining 

When you picture your finished bathroom or kitchen, do you want a natural veining or do you not want veins at all? Before you make a purchase remember to talk to your granite slabs supplier and let them know what you want! Also, you want to be prepared and already know what color design you are looking for that will best complement or contrast with each other? There is a large color range from bright colors to neutrals, so coming in with an already set idea will help you narrow down your options! 

Another thing to consider is what type of finish you want! You can choose between honed, polished, and brushed. Polished is the most common finish for natural stone, it makes your counter look shiny. Honed is perfect for homeowners who love a matte look and brushed is perfect for a natural stone finish. 

Home renovations come with many difficult decisions. Avoid stressing yourself out by using these tips when purchasing natural stone for your home!


Firenze International is your go-to company for granite slabs and everything natural stone. To learn more about what we do, visit our website today!

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