Stone is a popular choice for benchtops, bathrooms, kitchens, balconies and veranda surfaces in Melbourne. This is due to their durability and illustrious finish, making any home look spectacular. We will explore what makes stone surfaces popular, who typically buys these, where they would be located, how they are installed, and how they need to be maintained.
Stone surfaces will be found in most modern homes due to their increased availability in the home-building boom taking place. Therefore, you will most likely find stone surfaces in the 25-45-year-old demographic, as these are the people most likely to be purchasing homes or building new ones. The suburbs most likely to have these people will be in the more affluent areas of Melbourne, including Black Rock, Officer, Toorak, Brighton, Malvern, and Kooyong, just to name a few.
Installing stone surfaces can be done as one slab or as tiles. Tiles are installed just like any other tile, using grout and individual tiles to make the whole stone surface. A solid slab of stone, mostly used for countertops and benchtops, can often be found in kitchens and bathrooms, and are affixed to the cabinetry using adhesives specific to their type of stone.
Although stone is durable, it still needs to be taken care of to ensure its longevity. This includes regular wiping, dusting, vacuuming or mopping to prevent a build-up of dust, dirt, grime, food and other debris. If it becomes scratched, cracked or gouged, then it will need restoration through the use of honing and polishing.
As you can see, stone surfaces are popular in Melbourne amongst a wide demographic of people and are most commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms and as tiles. Like most things they need to be looked after with some basic cleaning, otherwise, they will need a more intense restoration process.