Natural Stone

Learn About the Beauty of Natural Stone…

Marble – is a carbonatic rock of metamorphic origin and some ophiolitic rocks [serpentinites and ophicalcites], formed by the alteration of limestone or dolomite, often streaked. Best uses: entry walls, floors, fireplaces, vanities, shower walls, tub decks, furniture, sculptures and courtyards. Not recommended for kitchen counters because it can be stained by fruit juices and alcohol products. Marble is an excellent choice as pastry boards because of its cold surface. Color ranges in whites, pinks, blues, and greens.

Granite – is dense making it durable to weather and water resistant. Great for outdoors as well as indoors use. It is a coarse-grained, hard igneous rock consisting chiefly of quartz and feldspar accompanied by one or more dark minerals. Generally ranging in color from white to black, pink or red, light or dark gray. The texture is typically homogeneous but may be gneissic or porphyritic. Best uses: kitchens, counter tops, wet bars, entry walls, floors, fireplaces, vanities, shower walls, tub decks, furniture and sculptures.

Travertine – is a chemical limestone that can resemble marble when polished. It is a carbonatic rocks of sedimentary origin formed by chemical precipitation in a sub-aerial environment, highly porous calcite. Best uses: entry walls, floors, fireplaces, vanities, shower walls, tub decks, mosaics, furniture and sculptures. Not recommended for kitchen counters because it can be stained by fruit juices and alcohol products. Color typically ranges in beige and brown. Requires special care; some cleaning products are destructive to travertine surfaces.

Limestone – is a form of marble that is less dense than marble and travertine. Consisting mostly of calcium carbonate. Formation of limestone includes carbonatic rocks of sedimentary origin, which can be polished. Best uses: structural walls, entry walls, floors, fireplaces, vanities, shower walls, tub decks, mosaics, furniture, sculptures and garden walkways. Not recommended for kitchen counters because it can be stained by fruit juices and alcohol products . Limestone is more porous than marble, available in fewer colors than marble; typically in lighter beige, beige, brown and red colors, as well as in black. It is usually treated with sealant before use.

Slate – is a microcrystalline metamorphic rock, commonly derived from shale. Composed mostly of micas, chlorite and quartz. Best uses: floors, walkways, roofing – recently for kitchen counters and wet bars. It has a dense composite that is very tough, typically in blacks, grays and greens. Note: this type of natural stone is very durable and easy to care for.

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