A natural stone is not only very decorative, but also functional finishing material. Depending on the chosen kind, it can be used for impressive finishing of flooring, walls or stairs. A right stone can also be used to manufacture a kitchen worktop, fireplace or a piece of furniture. Chosen kinds can easily be used for exterior design, including making the building facade or pavements and terraces.
A stone is a work of nature, characterised by individual properties formed by a kind and linking of the minerals composing it. Unlike other building and finishing materials, a natural stone is unique, impossible to forge. No other material is available in such a vast range of colours and patterns, and in addition it can be finished in many ways or left in natural shape.
A natural stone is entirely safe for users. It does not contain ingredients which could negatively influence our health and well-being. That is one of the reasons why it can be used in the kitchen or bathroom. Besides, it is a fireproof material which in contact with fire does not emit any harmful substances.
A natural stone is obtained in large blocks, then cut into demanded shape. Therefore, the size of slabs is only limited by the size of the mined block, not by the size defined by the production machines. The shape can be adjusted to the project requirements. Modern machines used for working the stone allow cutting curved shapes and cutting elements inside, so it is possible to obtain any format and shape.
A natural stone is generally a long-lived material, definitely more durable than majority of finishing materials available in the market. An additional advantage of stone is its beautiful ageing process. Gentle patina and tear give it nobility and character. Due to its durability and low wear, stone is the best material for flooring. Floors made of granite of other, similar hard stones, even after many years have almost no wear marks.
After all, natural stone is an economical finishing material. Independent research has shown that if the costs of building materials are looked at taking into consideration thirty or more years of use, stone is not more expensive than comparable synthetic materials. Relatively high cost of purchase is compensated by durability of the material and low costs or maintenance and care.