Unique up­grades to your home can make it stand out

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Re­mod­el­ing your home? Don’t just keep up with the Jone­ses. Go a step fur­ther by giv­ing your home truly unique up­grades.

Ex­perts say that one great way to be dis­tinc­tive and add value to your home is by go­ing nat­u­ral.

So if you’re think­ing of re­do­ing your coun­ter­tops, floors, walls or other key home el­e­ments like no one else on your block, think mar­ble, gran­ite and sal­vaged lum­ber.

“There is no way to du­pli­cate na­ture in a lab­o­ra­tory or man­u­fac­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” says Garen Dis­tel­horst, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­rec­tor at the Mar­ble In­sti­tute of Amer­ica. “Nat­u­ral stone is quar­ried from rock beds formed over mil­lions of years. You’re never go­ing to find two pieces ex­actly alike.”

Here are some ben­e­fits of nat­u­ral ma­teri- als for you to con­sider

• Re­turn on In­vest­ment: In many cases, mar­ble and gran­ite are less ex­pen­sive than other pre­mium ma­te­ri­als and add value to a home when it’s time to sell. Ac­cord­ing to the most cur­rent data avail­able, nat­u­ral stone re­cov­ered be­tween 80 to 86 per­cent of its re­mod­el­ing cost at the time of re­sale.

• Dura­bil­ity: The an­cient civ­i­liza­tions were onto some­thing when they built their cities. Nat­u­ral stone stands up to weather­ing and time bet­ter than any other build­ing ma­te­rial, nat­u­ral or man­made. Stone floors, coun­ter­tops and wall cladding will last for at least 100 years in many cases. Like­wise, sal­vaged lum­ber is old growth wood, which means it’s stronger and has tighter wood grains than new lum­ber and can give your

home project his­tor­i­cal value.

• Sus­tain­abil­ity: Nat­u­ral stone is an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly choice be­cause it’s nearly 100 per­cent recyclable and is not bonded by pe­tro­leum based resins or cre­ated in a fac­tory. And be­cause of its dura­bil­ity, it won’t need to be re­placed for a long time.

• Ver­sa­til­ity: The num­ber of dif­fer­ent col­ors, pat­terns and tex­tures of nat­u­ral stone is lim­it­less. This may make find­ing the per­fect cuts to fit your de­sign needs a bit of a chore, but what you end up with will be unique to your home. And dif­fer­ent fin­ishes and edge treat­ments can lend the same kind of stone a dif­fer­ent qual­ity and look, mak­ing it ideal for var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions -- from floors to walls to fire­places to roof­ing shin­gles.

• Clean­ing: You can toss aside the heavy duty clean­ers that ir­ri­tate your eyes and nose. Warm water, mild dish­wash­ing liq­uid and a soft cloth are all that is needed for reg­u­lar main­te­nance of most nat­u­ral stone sur­faces.

For more in­for­ma­tion on mak­ing unique up­grades to your home and lo­cat­ing a qual­i­fied stone con­trac­tor, visit www.mar­ble-in­sti­tute.com.

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By avoid­ing syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als, you can give your home clas­sic up­grades that are durable, beau­ti­ful and easy to main­tain.

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