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
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
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.