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Selection, selection, selection... The key to a successful natural stone project


The Stone Federation explains exactly what needs to be considered when selecting stone for a project – from selecting the correct stone to choosing the right professional for the job


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atural stone is an amazingly versatile material providing stunning results for everything from external cladding and


landscaping through to kitchen worktops and bathrooms floors. Part of the beauty of the material is the fact


that it is a completely natural product, formed in the earth over thousands of years; every fleck and nuance has been created by natural means, rather than by machine. When it comes to using natural stone in your


project, the key to success is selection. A combi- nation of selecting the correct stone and the right stone professional is the recipe to a successful


“It is always advisable to involve a natural stone professional at the earliest opportunity in the project as their input at the design and material selection stages will be invaluable”


natural stone project. Selecting the correct stone professional is with-


out doubt the best place to start. Some clients want to rush straight into looking to source the material but may lack the experience, technical


knowledge and understanding of the application suitability of each stone. It is always advisable to involve a natural stone


professional at the earliest opportunity in the project as their input at the design and material selection stages will be invaluable. There are a few key things to ask for when


selecting your stone professional that will ensure you are employing the services of a company operating at the highest standards of best practice. The first step is to ensure that they are a


member of an official trade association or profes- sional body. The trade bodies will ensure that


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