In the past few decades, homeowners have discovered the many advantages of using sustainable building materials in home construction. Natural stone, like granite and marble, is an excellent choice when attempting to “green” your home. It is an environmentally friendly product that is affordable, safe and durable.
There has been a growing movement to reduce our waste and increase the sustainability of the materials we use in our homes. One way to do this is to choose building materials that are earth-friendly. Stone’s natural characteristics, including durability, recyclability and ease of maintenance make it an ideal choice for those homeowners who want to incorporate green products in their homes. Stone can be used for countertops, vanities, flooring, tiling and more.
One aspect of stone that makes it an earth-friendly product is the fact that it is found naturally and requires very little energy to become a finished product. While there is some energy consumed for quarrying and processing, it is relatively small when compared with other building materials. We are able to extract stone from the quarry without major blasting operations, protecting the environment and wildlife in that area.
Because stones like granite and marble are so durable, they will last a lifetime with very maintenance. If properly sealed, you can avoid stains that can damage the appearance of the stone. As a result, you have a beautiful countertop surface that continues to look great for many years to come. This type of longevity is good for our environment because it keeps materials out of our already over crowded landfills. Choosing durable and long lasting materials is the smart way to design or remodel your home.
Going green not only refers to the external environment, but the quality of air in your home as well. This is why so many homeowners are turning away from chemical laden materials and installing stone countertops instead. Granite is naturally resistant to mold and mildew, making it an ideal choice for the kitchen. You will have peace of mind knowing that your granite countertop is healthy and not making your family sick. It is safe to use in all areas where food preparation takes place.
As your stone surface ages, it only becomes more beautiful and adds a richness and elegance to your home décor that you simply cannot find with other materials. No harsh chemicals are needed to clean it. You can avoid dangerous cleaners that have high volatile organic compounds (VOC). In fact, all you need is soapy water and soft cloth to clean the surface and bring out the natural shine of the stone.
“Going green” is not an all or nothing proposition. You can make small changes that can have a big impact on your environment, both inside and outside of your home. Replacing your worn out countertops with natural stone is a good way to add sustainable materials to your home. It is a smart choice for the environment and your health. Plus, natural stone is more affordable now than ever. You might be surprised at how easily a granite countertop will fit into your budget.
Affordable Surface Products in Greensboro, NC has a large selection of natural stone countertops, including granite and marble. You can visit our showroom at 100 Bonita Drive or get a free quote today!