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.
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.
Quartz: is a manufactured stone 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 improved performance because of its strength and durability. It is non-porous and will not absorb food and liquids like granite can. And best of all, it is virtually maintenance-free. All quartz counters are made with 93% actual quartz (the 4th hardest mineral in the world) and a 7% poly-resin blend to bind the quartz and add color.
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.
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 maintenance, soapstone takes on its own charming patina but can quickly and easily be restored.
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.