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Every now and again, someone comes along and asks me what kind of stone I would recommend for their home. Another way I’ve heard it asked is “What is the best natural stone for me to get?”. Maybe you are considering installing natural stone for the first time, and you don’t know where to begin. Well, I bring good news – there’s no wrong answer!

See, at the end of the day, the best stone for you is going to be the stone that best fits the vision you have for your home.

No one stone is inherently better than the other; it really comes down to three things:

  1. Your taste
  2. Your budget
  3. How much work you’re willing to put in

Now I can’t speak for your budget, and where taste is concerned, well, let’s just say I let my wife call the shots in our home.

So I like to focus on the third point.


Too often have I seen an enthusiastic homeowner invest in a fabulous new countertop without any knowledge about the amount of responsibility they have just inherited. There is this misconception floating around that just because it is stone means it is indestructible. Not true!

Nothing is more disappointing than investing in natural stone, only to discover etches, gouges, and drink rings after only a couple of weeks.

That’s why we wrote our Stone in Your Home Series earlier this year – to give you an idea of what kinds of issues you may face with your natural stone in the various rooms of your house. And to provide you with even more resources to decide what might be the best fit for you, we are going to be rolling out a new blog series in which we examine different types of natural stone and their characteristics.

So make sure to come back for that!

At the end of the day, what matters most is that your home feels like your home. If natural stone is a part of that vision, then we here at Santa Barbara Stone Masters are here to equip you with the best information we can.

We invite you to have a look back at some of our previous blogs, where we explore what you can expect from your stone in greater depth. We also offer suggestions and advice for how to manage your stone without the help of a professional.

But if you do need professional attention for your stone, look no further, and give us a call today. We’d be happy to discuss your options and discuss how we can assist you in keeping your stone ship-shape.

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