Natural stone vs. concrete

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Finding the perfect type of countertop stone for your kitchen can be a struggle. You have a variety of options ranging from what’s trending to the most economical option. You might be stuck between two popular options: natural stone and concrete. We thought we could give you an insight into what each option can give you. And which stone source will provide you with the most bang for your money.

Natural stone

Natural stone is a popular and traditional choice for many homeowners, business owners and interior designers. It has remained a top choice for many years. There isn’t a home Pinterest board without a home featuring natural stone as a focal point. Natural stone is formed from mineral reactions that took place over millions of years ago. There are different types of natural stones like granite, marble and quartzite. All these natural stones come in unique and different colors. Natural stone itself has many benefits that no other material can offer. It’s durable, eco-friendly, unique and valuable. These are all things you should consider when deciding what type of stone source to include in your home.

You likely want something to last where you need it the most. Natural stone can provide you with the security that it will last for years to come. It is one of the most reliable options you can include in your home. It is amazing in kitchens because it is heat resistant. Scratches will be the last thing on your mind. Natural stones come from the earth itself and can be recycled back into the ground when they are no longer wanted or needed. Every natural stone has a unique design. There is a variety of colors available that will complement the interior design of your home. Another big plus is it’s worth the investment. Sure, natural stone can be on the pricier side, but it will save you so much money in the long run. Natural stone will surely last you, and if you decide to place your home on the market, it will give you back the investment.

Concrete

Concrete is a human-made material that is made of three components: water, aggregate and Portland cement. All three of these materials get mixed to form concrete that is later poured on floors or molded to countertops. Concrete countertops and flooring have started to make their way into the kitchen and bathroom trends. It gives homeowners an urban and minimalist design. This type of human-made material can bring you some benefits, but can also bring you significant drawbacks.

If you are looking for a more wallet-friendly choice, this is likely your choice. Incorporating concrete into your home is a typically an  inexpensive option. You can go the traditional approach of contacting a professional to install it or do it yourself. The internet has plenty of DIY videos and articles on how you can create and install your concrete floors or countertops. The drawbacks include it can stain easily and crack with the weather. It is high maintenance because you have to seal it to prevent cracking and make sure nothing gets spilled on it.

Which is the better option?

Now comes the big decision. Natural stone is the winner! Natural stone offers you more winning qualities than concrete does. Concrete has many drawbacks like the cracking, staining and having to restain it when the color fades. Natural stone is low maintenance, stylish and an investment for your home. If you are looking to purchase natural stone for your next project, give us a call. We have a variety of natural stone source options for your home and style!

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At Firenze International, we offer a wide selection of beautiful and durable natural stone! We also have an experienced board of advisers with over 100 years of experience in the natural stone industry. If you have clients in search of natural stone or looking to start a kitchen or home renovation project this summer, contact us and we would love to help you and your clients find the natural stone countertops, backsplashes, and hardscaping of their dreams!

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