Natural Stone Making a Comeback

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After years of cheaper manufactured stones dominating the kitchen benchtop market, leading stone supplier Baltic Stone has reported increasing consumer demand for natural stones such as granite and marble.

When comparing natural stone to manufactured stone many of our clients are commenting that the beauty and variation of natural stone is far more appealing than the ‘sameness’ of manufactured stone.

After years of cheaper manufactured stones dominating the kitchen benchtop market, leading stone supplier Baltic Stone has reported increasing consumer demand for natural stones such as granite and marble.

Director Chris W stated that in line with continuing worldwide trends back to natural products, the increased demand for granite and marble slabs confirms a growing consumer desire to move away from manufactured products that are not only unnatural but that place significant burdens on the environment through their creation.

“Nothing beats natural. We are seeing increased demand for vanity and kitchen bench tops from stones like granite and marble due to their unique natural properties,” he said.

One of the beauties of natural stone is the rich variety of subtle colours found within it. And of course being a natural product, no two pieces are the same, ensuring every inclusion of granite or marble stone to a kitchen or bathroom offers a unique and authentic addition to the home.

“When comparing natural stone to manufactured stone many of our clients are commenting that the beauty and variation of natural stone is far more appealing than the ‘sameness’ of manufactured stone.

“In fact there are hundreds of varieties of natural granites, marbles and other stones which feature a wide range of colour spectrums. Lighter colours as well as the more traditional darker tones are all possible.

“A manufactured slab cannot compete with the uniqueness and individuality of a natural slab. Granite and marble have been used for thousands of years and as such have proven to be as reliable and as they are visuallyappealing,” he said.

Mr. Wrzesinski explained the surge in natural stone popularity is no doubt in line with a growing awareness among consumers of the misconception that natural stone is considerably more expensive than its manufactured counterpart.

“To the contrary, natural stone is very competitively priced and can quite often be less expensive than manufactured stone.

“These factors are all adding to its growth in popularity, however the most significant factor is the recognition that you can’t beat a natural product when it comes to durability and reliability.

“Natural granite resists scratches and high temperatures, making it the perfect natural stone for the kitchen. For consumers seeking to create the most natural kitchen possible you really can’t go wrong,” he said.

Baltic Stone is a leading importer of granite and marble and houses an extensive range of high quality natural stones. For more information visit Baltic Stone website.

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