Often when talking about sustainability, restoration isn’t brought up but it probably should. Jacqueline Tabbah of International Stoneworks discussed with Stone World the importance of thinking of the entire stone cycle for sustainability.

01 SW 1223 Restoration and Sustainability. Stairs leading to outside.

“When we bring up the topic of sustainability in the stone industry there is a huge focus on fabricators and quarries,” said Tabbah. “I think it’s important to think about the whole life cycle of the stone when talking about sustainability. So from the quarry to the restoration.”

02 SW 1223 Restoration and Sustainability. Floor polisher and buffer on floor.

Tabbah discussed how one of the big arguments for natural stone is that it lasts so long, taking examples from the Egyptian pyramids.

03 SW 1223 Restoration and Sustainability. Buffed floor.

“A lot of people want to maintain their stone and keep it looking nice,” said Tabbah. “They want it polished or cleaned and the alternative (to having it refinished) is to rip it all out and start all over.

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“When you have a beautiful piece of stone installed you don’t have to do that,” Tabbah went onto say. “You can refinish it. You don’t have to keep ripping it out and reinstalling the material, or changing it to something that’s not stone. One of the advantages of stone is that it can be refinished. There are a lot of engineered materials that are either really difficult to finish or it cannot be refinished.”

04a SW 1223 Restoration and Sustainability. Before tile installation.
04b SW 1223 Restoration and Sustainability. After tile installation.