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Designing in Memphis: Natural Stone

Memphis, Tennessee values the use of natural stone throughout their city with the most notable area being their riverfront. The city boasts the only cobblestone boat landing in the United States that is still usable. The Chicksaw Bluff along the Mississippi river was paved in the 1880’s with a 12 inch layer of cobblestone quarried in Illinois. As a result, Memphis soon became an important river port and commerce was greatly increased. While much of the original cobblestone has eroded, the City of Memphis has worked to preserve the landing for use by local boaters and visitors.

Natural stone is popular in many areas of the southern states, and stone counter tops and tiles are the material of choice within area homes. Over the past couple decades, granite counters in bathrooms and kitchens are features that prospective home buyers look for. Granite is a desirable type of Memphis natural stone that is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Granite slabs that have been polished are typically available from which clients can make their choice. The slabs are generally large enough that all the counter surfaces in the average kitchen can be cut from the same one.

While granite has traditionally been the first choice for high end kitchen renovations, the material does have some drawbacks. Granite must be carefully maintained and it can be stained or discolored by acidic liquids or hot pans. New granite counters are usually sealed, but may need to be resealed within 5 to 10 years.

Quartz is a material that is highly resistant to stains and damage, but the material is not mined like other varieties of Memphis natural stone. The slabs are manufactured with the primary ingredient of ground quartz making up about 94 percent of the material. Since quartz is created it is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. In addition, the resins this product contains make it highly scratch and stain resistant. This means the counter will never need to be sealed, and any small scratches that occur can be easily repaired.

Memphis homeowners and residents of the southern states enjoy weather that is relatively warm most of the year. These homes often feature outdoor living areas that also include kitchen areas. In addition to having natural stone counters indoors, homeowners may also choose Memphis natural stone for their outdoor cooking area. Slate is one of the most durable stone surfaces available, so this product may be the best choice for an outdoor kitchen.