DIFFERENT TYPES OF STONE INSTALLED
ON YACHTS AND HOW TO CARE FOR THEM
With the long winter over and spring indicating it is ready to transition into summer across most of the United States and Europe, the time has come to think about taking the yacht out far into the blue unknown. For centuries, yachts have carried a level of prestige not found in many other types of open water vessels.
Here’s a little secret: Yachts carry even more prestige when they are designed using stone.
Benefits of Having Stone Installed on Yachts
When comparing stone to other yacht materials, the benefits of going with stone far outweigh the benefits of going with another type of material
- Stunningly Beautiful Appearance
Natural stones present an appearance that Mother Nature would be proud of creating. With a rich elegance, natural stones such as granite and marble can transform the ambiance of a yacht from one of a seafaring feel to more of a luxurious home feel. Even if you use natural stone minimally on your yacht, you will create a luxurious place to host guests.
- Highly Durable
Most stones provide an unsurpassed level of durability, which is an important requirement for yacht owners that take their stylish vessels into salted seas. You might have to apply a sealant every two to three years for some styles of natural stone, but the extra work is worth the long lasting durability of natural stone to resist the damage caused by strong impacts.
- The More, the Merrier
When you consider choosing stone for installation on your yacht, you are going to have a wide variety of options to match your yacht design criteria. Virtually every style of natural stone works well for flooring, as well as for kitchen and bathroom countertops. For flooring, a wide variety of natural stones can be installed in the yacht kitchen, bathroom, and sunroom.
- Design Diversity
Since stone comes from the bounty of Mother Nature, no two pieces of stone are alike. This means you can create a different stone décor for the yacht entertainment area than the stone design used to create the ambiance for the deck. Different colors and textures make stone the perfect material choice for installing on your yacht.
- An Increase in Value
Much like a home, a yacht represents a fixed asset that most owners want to appreciate over a short period. Adding natural stone in one or more areas of your yacht will increase the value of the yacht. Expect an even higher increase in yacht value when you opt to add one or more natural stone countertops.
Stone Options for Yachts and Howe to Take Care of Them
Only a couple of materials come close to matching the intrinsic beauty of natural stone. With no two pieces of stone looking alike and incomparable long lasting durability, the question is not whether you should go with stone for installing on a yacht. Instead, the question is what are the different types of stone installed on yachts and how do you care for them.
Considered by many yacht designers at the Rolls Royce of yacht materials, marble exudes an elegant flair that elevates the ambiance of a yacht to one of immense luxury. Around since the Romans rules the world, marble is renowned for its soft, grainy patterns, as well as its subtle colors that balance the appearance of a yacht room covered in brighter, more dazzling colors. Marble can become slippery when exposed to moisture. Therefore, it needs to be constantly monitored for moisture accumulation. Moreover, the yacht material works better in elevated areas of a yacht and as the primary material used to construct a kitchen and/or bathroom countertop. You also need to apply a sealant right after installation to prevent dents, stains, and scratches.
Granite gives marble a run for its money in terms of appearance. The sleek natural stone forms under intense pressure that is often caused by volcanic activity. Because of the intense pressure used to form granite, the material is ideal for installing on yachts because of its incredible durability. Because it resists stains and scratches, granite does not require the same level of maintenance as the maintenance required for taking care of marble. Its wide availability also makes granite less costly per square foot then the square foot price of marble.
As a less known natural stone, travertine is a sedimentary rock that produces one of the softest feels of any other type of stone. Over a short period, travertine develops a calm looking patina that can project a wide variety of colors and shades. If you polish travertine following the manufacturer’s guidelines, you can create an appearance that looks like elegant marble. However, because of its porous composition, travertine requires applying a stone sealer. The stone is especially susceptible to the acidity of spilled citrus juices.
As the closest cousin to travertine, limestone is a little bit harder, which means it handles abuse better than travertine. You should cover limestone after cleaning it, if you use the natural stone as part of the design of the yacht deck. After installation, it is a good idea to seal limestone to prevent dirt and beverages from degrading the quality of the natural stone. Limestone can handle an above average amount of physical punishment.
Formed in layers by the metamorphic process, slate split into ultra-thin layers that eventually are cut for use as tiles. You can maintain the naturally created rough surface or spend time on a regular basis smoothing over the natural stone for use on the yacht floor or as a table located in the primary entertainment area. Rougher slate surfaces eliminate the need to improve the traction for areas of the yacht that are exposed to an extended period of moisture. Because of its combined thin sheet nature, slate requires frequent monitoring to detect chips and/or flakes.
You have numerous options to enhance the décor of your yacht. One of the most effective ways to create the right mood is to install one of the different types of natural stone.