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Natural Stone: Price, Properties, Where to Use it in Your Home

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

Here is a quick guide if you're planning on using natural stone in your home. This post includes the most common natural stone types and a bit about each one to helpfully make your decision a little bit easier.



 

Granite



Price: $50-$60 / sq. ft. (source: libertystonellc.com)

Pros of Granite (source: usenaturalstone.com)

  • High heat resistance

  • Scratch resistant

Cons of Granite:

  • Need to be sealed to prevent moisture infiltration

Where To Use In Your Home:

  • Countertops

  • Flooring


 

Quartz


Price: $50-$65 / sq. ft. for good quality quartz (source: caesarstoneus.com)

Pros of Quartz:

  • Durable & Strong

  • Non-porous: resists staining

Cons of Quartz:

  • Not as resistant to heat as granite

Where to Use In Your Home:

  • Countertops


 

Marble



Price: $60 average price / sq. ft. (source: homeadvisor.com)

Pros of Marble (source: levatina.com):

  • Resistant to UV radiation, so it maintains it's color

  • Resistant to fire & heat

Cons of Marble:

  • Marble is porous and absorbs moisture

  • It is vulnerable to staining and needs to be well maintained (high-maintenance)

Where to Use In Your Home:

  • Countertops

  • Floors

  • Walls


 

Travertine



Price: $3 / sq. ft. for travertine flooring (source: travertinemart.com)

Pros of Travertine:

  • Durable

  • Cost, very inexpensive

Cons of Travertine (source: travertinemart.com):

  • Porous due to the holes in the tiles which can show wearing over time

Where to Use In Your Home:

  • Interior / Exterior flooring

  • Walls


 

Limestone



Price: $3-$10 / sq. ft. for limestone flooring (source: home.costhelper.com)

Pros of Limestone (source: levantina.com):

  • Resistant to fire & heat

  • Resistant to UV radiation, so it maintains it's color

Cons of Limestone:

  • Medium level of durability

  • Susceptible to staining

Where to Use In Your Home:

  • On the exterior facade of your home

  • Flooring


 

Soapstone



Price: $45-$85 / sq. ft. (source: bobvila.com)

Pros of Soapstone (source: caesarstone.com)

  • Not susceptible to staining

  • Durable

  • Resistant to heat

Cons of Limestone (source: caesarstone.com):

  • Scratches easily

  • Rough texture

Where to Use In Your Home:

  • Countertops

 



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