Buying stone for your home is a big investment, whether it is installed on tabletops, backsplashes, floors and walls. For those intending to rent or sell in the future, it is a purchase that will increase the value of your place. This is why it is crucial to make sure that you are making the right decision for your abode. There are different types of stones such as marble tiles, granite slabs etc, but how do you choose? Here are four must-do pointers to guide you through your home decor process:
Your Very First Step - Which Stone Supplier to Choose?
A quick Google search will take you to many different companies, but which stone supplier in Singapore should you choose? What comes after is important: Checking the credibility of the company. You can easily do this by looking at the reviews of past customers or asking for recommendations from friends and family. Such testimonials will give you an idea of the customer experience you will be getting. The last thing you want is a messy job that may burn a hole in your wallet, and this is why your research matters. Ensuring that you are in good hands of a reputable company will thus save you from the trouble. But more importantly, you are making the right decision and getting the results you want.
Consider Your Stone Options
Once you have narrowed down on your selection of companies, the next to-do up on your list is to carefully consider your options. With their unique patterns and colours, there is a vast variety of stones in the market. Whether you are aiming for a grand, sophisticated appearance or a down-to-earth feel, there will definitely be some that resonate with you. Ranging from marble flooring to granite tiles, these stones originate from countries such as India, Italy, China and so on. Certain stone slabs look great when used in accents while others are best installed large-scale. You can start by finding out what is popular among other homeowners and hearing what the company may suggest specifically for your home needs. For example, if you have kids or pets in your household, floorings that can withstand or hide scratches and spillage easily will be a more suitable product for you.
See The Products in Person
You can choose to view them online but it is best to not to make your decision based on the images. When viewed in person, the colours may appear different as compared to on-screen. There are also many minute details that can only be picked up when viewing the stones in person. Apart from colour, other factors to keep in mind include the porosity, veining, markings, thickness and hairline cracks. While some homeowners love the raw, natural look of the product, others may want perfection and seeing the stone in person helps you know what to expect.
Another thing you will want to see is the type of finish applied to the stone. There are different kinds of finishes such as polished, honed and flamed. This will determine how reflective and shiny the stone will look as well. Remember, it is always best to take a look and feel the actual stone sample and avoid disappointment. Some companies may also let you take the samples back home. This helps you better envision how it will look with your existing interior decor. You can also see how it looks in different lighting and this will make your decision-making process so much easier.
Address Any Concerns With The Company Beforehand
Before your decision is set on stone, make sure to let the company know if you want the patterns of the slabs to match and be even throughout. Vein matching allows continuity of the stone design and looks more complete as a whole. If not, the pattern will differ from stone to stone.
To make sure that your natural stone flooring is exactly where you want it to be, Soon Bee Huat offers a dry lay service which stimulates the actual installation in the house. Dry lay in units is the best simulation of installation as the stones are exposed to the actual conditions (such as natural light from windows and balconies) as seen by unit owners.
Additionally, don’t forget to check with the company on how to best maintain and care for the stone. These can involve how often you need to seal the stone, what cleaner product to use or avoid using and what to do to remove stains. Ultimately, protecting your stone will make your money worth it and can last you a lifetime. Finally, you will confirm that your stone choice is the perfect match for your home.
Here at Soon Bee Huat, we have the largest stone and tiles variety in Singapore with a technology offering a unique design experience for everyone. As we pride ourselves as the tile and stone specialist, you can trust us to complete the home of your dreams.