Natural Stone Switchplates

Posted by BELK Tile on Mar 18, 2015

Switchplates are necessary parts of the home, and building codes require a certain number of them in every room. However, they are often ugly and can get right in the middle of a beautiful tile mosaic or backsplash pattern. You can disguise unsightly outlets by using natural stone switchplates that blend right in with your existing stonework.

Why should you get natural stone switchplates?

Natural stone switchplates are cut from the same stone as your wall, backsplash, or countertop. This means that they perfectly match the surface on which they are affixed and thus don’t become eyesores. They also come with matching receptacle covers, are more durable than simulated stone switchplates, and don’t mar the natural beauty of your stone walls, countertops, backsplashes, and baseboards. They even serve as just the right finishing touches that your wall or backsplash needs.

Ordinary plastic switchplates that come in dull colors stick out like sore thumbs, especially when they are attached to stonework with a distinctive pattern. This is why many homeowners choose to go with generic stonework and tiles, but you no longer have to settle for plain, solid-colored stonework because it’s now possible to purchase switchplates with the same natural stone as your wall or countertop. These switchplates are available in a wide range of plate styles and patterns.

How are natural stone switchplates made?

To make a natural stone switchplate that perfectly matches the surface on which it will be placed, you (the customer) will provide the stone. You can even send the people who will be making the switchplates the exact slabs of stone cut out from the places where the outlets will go. This is to ensure that the pattern of the stone on the switchplates will create a continuum with the rest of the wall or countertop, blending precisely with its background. The switchplate is then cut to size and ground very thin. Next, a bullnose edge is made. After which, the entire thing is polished and then coated with a heavy duty protective coating to keep it from breaking.

There are now a lot of companies that offer this kind of product. If you don’t have any leftover stones, you can also use their own. All switchplates are intentionally made oversized to accommodate larger cut-outs made in the stone.