With an unmatched quality and longevity, quality natural stone is a building material like no other. Natural stone provides a unique class and beauty to any home that, if chosen carefully, will last for generations.

However, there are virtually endless types, styles and price points when it comes to natural stone, so careful considerations must be made when purchasing to ensure a worthy investment.

The application and area in which the stone will be used will play a big part in deciding the type of stone specified. Beyond the aesthetic value, physical characteristics such as hardness and porosity must also be taken into account.

Some points to consider when looking at five of the most popular stone types used in modern architecture:

Granite – A hard, dense stone that provides excellent scratch resistant qualities and low maintenance, granite is ideal for use in kitchens, entryways, work surfaces and bathrooms.

Limestone – The accumulation of materials such as shells and coral, limestone provides a more subtle look than many other natural stones. Limestone is a soft and porous stone that will easily stain and might not be suitable for all areas of the home.

Travertine – Like limestone, the porous nature of travertine means it will require ongoing maintenance. However, filled with cement or acrylic, it is one of the most popular floor coverings, often used from inside right through to the outside. Travertine comes in a wide range of colours and styles to add warmth in almost any project.

Slate – One of the most durable stones, slate is commonly used in both indoor and outdoor applications. A high slip and heat resistance makes it ideal for use in high traffic areas such as kitchen and bathroom floors, and with colours ranging from reds and oranges to greens and blues, slate provides almost endless design possibilities.

Marble – The most elegant of all the natural stones, marble has been the number one choice for designers, architects and artists around the world for thousands of years. The unique veining and colours of marble add an unparalleled luxury and sophistication to any home.

Of course the best way to ensure that you are making the best choice for your application is dealing with a trusted and experienced supplier who can provide the information and assurance required to be confident in your investment.

RMS Natural Stone is one of Australia’s leading importers of quality natural stone products, with over twenty years’ experience in the supply of natural stone products for commercial and residential projects.

With showrooms and warehouses in Sydney and Melbourne, and a team of expert staff, specifying with RMS Natural Stone ensures a natural stone solution that will last a lifetime.

To find out more http://www.rmsmarble.com/