Walk across a natural stone floor and tread on the same material quarried and constructed by ancient people of nobility and notoriety.
From ancient monuments like the pyramids in Egypt and the majestic Greek and Roman temples, to the great civilizations of India and China, natural stone has been an important part of architecture throughout history.
It is the world's oldest building material -- imagine its beauty and elegance in your new home or remodeling project. How old? In 2500 B.C., Djoser's Step Pyramid in Egypt, the first structure to be made entirely of natural stone, was constructed using huge blocks of granite and limestone.
Today, natural stone quarries are found in many countries throughout the world such as Italy, China, Spain, India, Canada, Mexico and also here in the United States. Recent advances in the stone industry's equipment technology have greatly impacted the process of extracting stone from the quarry and installing it in a home. Maybe your home.
Modern tools can accomplish this with such speed and efficiency that now natural stone is accessible to all and is beloved for its durability, personality and aesthetics.
Indeed, nothing compares to the beauty of natural stone. And while it is typically more expensive than ceramic tile and requires greater maintenance, natural stone will virtually always increase your home's resale value. That's another important consideration when shopping.