Choosing and installing natural stone slabs in Toronto
for countertops or floors with
character, beautiful patterns and colours.
Types of Natural Stone Slabs
There’s a wide variety of natural stone to choose from, and,
thanks to the wide availability of fabricators for custom-cut stone, it should
be easy to create the perfect countertop or customized tiles for your home
Low maintenance granite
is always a popular
choice. Granite comes in a rainbow of colours. Its grainy appearance adds
mesmerizing depth to the slab. Granite can endure hot pots and other warm
materials without scorch marks, but is susceptible to grease stains.
If you want a stone with a unique, eye-catching pattern,
. These softer
stones require more maintenance since they’re prone to scratching and are quite
porous, allowing stains to set easily. There’s nothing quite as majestic as the
bold swirling pattern of marble or the elegance of finely veined patterns.
Marble is a popular choice for elegant flooring and decadent bathroom designs.
Installing Natural Stone
If you want the spectacular look of natural stone, you’ll
need to consult a fabricator. A fabricator will cut the natural stone slab to
fit your required dimensions. You can also ask for bevelled edges or another
pattern since the stone will be cut just for you. There are many fabricators in
Toronto and its surrounding areas—just do a search online. If you’re working
with a home renovator, he or she may already work with a trusted fabricator.
Since patterns and colours vary so much for all types of
natural stone, it’s important to visit a quarry or supplier to see the stones
for yourself. You can pick out the exact slabs for your project and have them
cut just for your room.
Natural stone countertops need to be installed by a pro. In
fact, some manufacturers will not honour their warranty if you install the
countertop yourself. Given that your natural stone countertop will last for
years, it’s worth the extra expense to let the pros install it.
Caring for your natural stone slab countertop in Toronto
Natural stone, like limestone, slate and soapstone, doesn’t
need sealant to keep it looking its best. If you accidently spill something,
you should be able to wipe it clean as long as you catch it right away.
Use warm, soapy water or one of the nonabrasive kitchen
countertop cleaners on the market. Avoid steel wool and other abrasive sponges or
cleaning pads since they may scratch the stone.
If you’re using a cleaner with bleach, be extremely careful
since it may lighten the colour of the countertop wherever you use it. Do a
quick test cleaning in a small corner or under an appliance to ensure that the
cleaner won’t damage or discolour your natural stone.
If you have grease stains on the stone, mix white vinegar
and water and give the counter a wipe. If it feels like there’s a bumpy build-up,
you can wipe the natural stone with baking soda and water, followed by a
thorough rinse, and it should feel smooth again.
A natural stone slab that is well cut and professionally
installed can greatly increase the beauty and value of your Toronto home.