Types of Stone to Use in Your Home

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Stone is natural, elegant and has a timelessness that is hard to surpass with other flooring options. If you live in a warmer climate, stone flooring is a good choice because stone is so cooling to the touch and tends to lower the temperature of the entire house. It also doesn't trap dust or allergens the way that carpets or rugs do, which can lead to a healthier household. (Did you know a rock becomes a stone after it has been cut? Hence, the change of vocabulary along the way.)
Choosing to use stone in your home is an easy decision. Choosing which stone to use in your home can be a little trickier, but with a little work, can be done!
Stone Types:
Stones have a massive variety of colors and patterns, so you are almost guaranteed to find one that works for your style, household needs and budget. Just like you learned in middle school, there are three types of stone. Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic, each having their own set of properties and characteristics. Let's have a look at each one:
Sedimentary rocks are formed when minerals and other sediment sit in oceans and lakes for millions of years. The sediment is compressed over time and becomes solid layers of rocks. These rocks tend to be softer and more porous than other rocks and would do well in areas of your home that don't have as much traffic, such a living room. Examples of sedimentary rocks that you can use in your home are limestone, which is usually formed from coral and shells and travertine, which is crystallized limestone. Both are beautiful stones, but need to be cleaned and sealed regularly to keep them in top shape.  
Igneous rocks are formed when lava cools quickly. They are extremely nonporous, which means that they would work well for high traffic areas of your home like the kitchen, mudroom and bathroom. Granite is a very popular igneous stone that is hard and dense, very strong and stain resistant. Granite comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, with rare patterns and colors being the most expensive of the lot. 

Metamorphic rocks are formed when heat and pressure are applied to igneous or sedimentary rocks, forming a very different type of rock altogether. One very common type of metamorphic rock that looks beautiful in homes is marble, which is extremely porous and easily scratched. Another type of metamorphic rock that has gained popularity in recent years is slate, which can come in a various colors from red, gray and green. 
Depending on your needs and tastes, there is a stone out there to fit in beautifully with your lifestyle and home. Interested in learning more about the types of stone we offer? Contact us today!

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