Natural stone is a key part of two of the top 10 elements of design in the home that are resonating with today's buyers: the desire for low-maintenance/no-maintenance materials and the use of natural materials inside and outside the home.
National Association of Home Builders
Homeowners who remodel recover the following percentages of their remodeling costs at resale (note -upscale projects include stone):
Bathroom remodel-upscale: 92.6%
Bathroom addition-upscale: 84.3%
Kitchen remodel-upscale: 79.6%
-Cost vs. Value Report
In a study of materials for kitchen countertops, granite had the highest number of "excellent" ratings of any surface.
"If, like us, you define value as 'performance over time', then natural stone should be your material of choice and engineered products will never be 'just as good' as natural stone until they pass the same test of time."
-Ed Walsh, Sturgis Materials, Inc.