Choosing a Stone
When choosing a particular stone for a project, it is recommended that stone not be selected on the basis of just one sample. It is better to select a stone from a range of samples that come from the same slab because it yields minimal surprises of unexpected veining or color differences, allowing the customer to be prepared for variations throughout that particular slab. Other things to consider: Usage, finish, traffic, etc.
The intricate veining and unique coloration make marble stone one of the most sot after materials ever used by man. Used for sculptures and building in the ancient world, marble has the capacity to captivate beauty that will last for centuries. Its modern uses range from bathrooms and vanities to laundry folding stations and flooring.
Marble quarried in India, China, Italy, and Spain represents the majority of marble, in terms of volume, that is utilized worldwide. Because of its beauty and elegance, marble is a popular choice for counter tops, floors, foyers, fireplace facings and hearths, walls, and windowsills.
Quarried from various exotic regions of the world, granite stone is one of the most exquisite and durable earth made materials, it can withstand tremendous heat, making it the ideal countertop for kitchens and bathrooms. The low maintenance and high resistance to damage allows granite to be used in many high traffic areas and hearth areas around fireplaces. Granite has long enjoyed use as an exterior cladding and pavement material, and its inherent strength, abrasion resistance and superior weathering durability are likely to keep it one of the preeminent material selections available to today’s architects.
Natural and Engineered Quartz
Quartz being as durable as concrete and granite makes for a good option when it comes to choosing a stone. It is very forgiving, so the chances of it cracking or chipping are slim. Because quartz is a nonporous material it is virtually stain resistant and will not collect bacteria making it very low maintenance.
This ocean formed material has been popular with architects and designers for many years. Its durable structure makes it perfect for kitchen and bathroom countertops and floors. Its popular and sophisticated look makes it very desirable and therefore can drastically increase the value of your home. Although there is a little more maintenance it is nothing to worry about with the right cleaner and sealer.
This fine grained material comes from the metamorphic rock family. Slate can withstand tremendous amounts of traffic and is also waterproof making it a great option for busy buildings, bathroom floors, pool areas and even driveways. It requires little maintenance and is also fire resistant making it perfect for fireplaces.