Knoxville Granite And Marble
8835 Kingston Pike - Knoxville TN - 37923
865-357-5865   FAX: 865-357-5869

Granite, Marble, Cambria, Travertine, Soapstone, Caesarstone
Created By Nature - Perfected By Us

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Natural Stone Products - Granite and marble are natural products pulled from quarries throughout the world. They exist in a variety of colors each varying in mineral composition.

In most cases marble and granite can be identified by visible particulates at the surface of the stone. Marble will normally show light tight veining whereas the minerals in granite will typically appear as small flecks distributed throughout the stone or large lodes of movement. Each type of stone is unique, will vary in color and will have distinctive markings all it own.

Marble is found in the mountainous regions of the world. Because of its beauty and elegance, marble is a popular choice for light duty floors, bathroom vanities, tub decks and showers, wetbar countertops, fireplace facings and hearths, walls, windowsills and doors.

Granite, like Marble, is quarried from mountains regions of the globe. It is the most frequently sought after natural stone on the market. While some surfaces scratch easily and melt or mar under hot cookware, granite has an incredible resistance to heat. With proper care and maintenance, granite boasts a high stain resistance. Ask your project manager about care and maintenance protocol as well as sealant suggestions.

Limestone, Travertine, Slate and Soapstone are other examples of natural stone frequently used in residential applications.

Limestone: Widely used as a building material because of its availability, Limestone is beautiful and relatively easy to handle. Appropriate applications include counter tops, flooring, interior and exterior wall cladding, and exterior paving.

Travertine: A type of limestone, Travertine is one of the most popular natural stones for interior and exterior wall cladding, interior and exterior paving, statuary, and curbing. Travertine is frequently selected for kitchen countertops as well.

Slate: Slate is a fine grained, crystalline rock harvested from sediments of clay and fine silt which were deposited on ancient sea bottoms. The inherent properties of slate make it an excellent exterior finish or high traffic tile finish. As slate is extremely dense, slate countertops make for a beautiful alternative to granite.

Soapstone: True Soapstone is inert, which means it will remain unaffected by household bases and acids. For many years, soapstone sinks and tiles have been used in classrooms and science labs along with work tables and counter tops. Its performance in long term high traffic applications makes it an outstanding choice for counter tops. Without regular sealing, soapstone takes on its own charming patina but can quickly and easily be restored to like-new status with a stone sealer.

Cambria is a natural, quartz surfacing product that has a variety of uses in your home such as countertops, vanities, fireplace surrounds, wet bars, showers, etc. It has the natural look and feel of granite, but with superior performance because of its strength and durability. It is completely non-porous and will not absorb food and liquids like granite can. And best of all, it is maintenance-free.

What is Cambria made of?
Cambria is pure, natural quartz, a stone right from the earth. Quartz is one of the hardest and most common minerals on earth, giving Cambria the rare combination of superior beauty and strength.

How does Cambria compare to granite?
Cambria is quartz, a natural stone. You get the look and feel of granite, but it is completely non-porous. So Cambria maintenance is simple, just wash it with warm water. It won't stain, and it never needs sealing or reconditioning. Granite is a porous stone. It needs to be sealed regularly with a chemical treatment. It can absorb liquids and food, risking potential staining and bacterial growth in the countertop.


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