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.

For more information on choosing a stone, see the MIA Stone Selection Guide. 


The intricate veining and unique coloration make marble one of the most elegant choices for a project. 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. Because of its beauty and elegance, marble is a popular choice for counter tops, floors, foyers, fireplace facings and hearths, walls, and windowsills. Marble is considered a soft, porous stone, and does require more maintenance and care than other stone options. Regular cleaning and sealing is a must, otherwise stains and build-up will occur.


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. Granite is temperature resistant up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, but it can succumb to thermal shock. Use of trivets is recommended when placing extremely hot or cold objects onto the countertop.


Engineered Quartz
Engineered quartz is generally composed of 93% natural stone and 7% epoxy resin.  Because quartz is a nonporous material, it is virtually stain resistant and does not easily etch, crack, or chip. However, quartz has a lower temperature resistance than granite at 300 degrees, so use of trivets is recommended. Because quartz in man-made, it is extremely uniform, and variance in dye lots is less than 2%.


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.  Limestone does require cleaning and sealing to maintain its appearance.


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 is fire resistant and requires little maintenance.