Spotting the trends in stone
There are so many stones to choose from out there. From beautiful, dark granite and milky limestone, to harsh, textured sandstone and dusty terracotta, modern home owners are truly blessed when it comes to deciding which type of natural stone they'll use for one of their features.
But which stones are American home owners choosing out of the lot? Some recent industry figures shed some light on this question.
Marble and granite lead the way
Looking at the statistics, it's hard not to make the assumption that granite and marble are America's favorite stones. This was evident from the most recent Catalina Report on Natural and Manufactured Stone, which declared that: "Granite and marble are the most important natural stone product materials and are also growing at the sharpest rate."
Since then, further research has helped to reinforce this fact. A report compiled by the Internazionale Marmi e Macchine Carrara late in 2014, looked at the exports of Italian stones to the USA, among other countries. It found that, in the nine months from January to September in 2014, marble and granite were exported in huge quantities, and at much higher values than Slate or Pumice.
Interestingly, the demand for marble and granite products from Italy fell since the year before – most likely due to the strengthening domestic market in the United States noted by the Catalina report, which has been on the up and up since 2011.
Protecting and cleaning granite and marble
If these statistics are anything to go by, then chances are you yourself either are – or soon will be – an owner of a marble and granite feature, such as a countertop and floor.
In this case, you'll need to have the right products on hand for protecting and cleaning granite and marble. You'll want to seal your marble and granite with Dry-Treat's META CRÈME™ and, if you need to remove any stains, put HANAFINN Oxy-Klenza™ to work.