Natural Stone: the beauty of unique
Since every variety of natural stone is unique, we encourage our clients to compare custom designs first hand before making a final decision. No matter your preference, we are confident that you will find something you love.
As one of the most used stones for countertops, granite is known for its diversity and longevity. This stone is a great choice for any heavy- use application, including indoor countertops, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, reception areas, bars, tub decks and walls. Given the extensive color and finish choices combined with simplicity of maintenance, it’s easy to see why this material is one of the most popular choices. With each selection, a unique and colorful space is guaranteed.
Granite is an igneous rock, and the hardness of the minerals that compose it means that this surface is generally very resistant to scratching. Outfit your home in style with a classy stone that has practical application no matter how you use your space.
Granite is a relatively low maintenance stone and comes in several different finishes, including polished, honed and leathered. These characteristics combine to make it a compelling choice for almost any surface. While sometimes susceptible to chipping from a slamming frying pan, granite is an overall sturdy surface that can be maintained with soap, water, and elbow grease. You can rest assured that your purchase will retain its value for many years.
Marble is a classic, elegant stone that will be the highlight of any room. It is available in colors ranging from sparkly whites, soft greens, creamy neutrals to black, some with breathtaking veining. This warm and sophisticated stone has been used for centuries in various applications.
With a high tolerance to heat and wet environments, it is a great material for countertops, fireplace surrounds, hearths, windowsills, tub decks, showers and waterfall edges.
The end user should be aware of the maintenance and “look” that comes with owning this alluring stone. Due to its proclivity to etching (no sealer prevents this), marble will develop a gorgeous patina over time. In addition, while marble is often naturally resistant to stains, it is commonly sealed to give consumers peace of mind. The sealant does not make the stone impervious to stains but instead keeps the stain closer to the surface to allow additional time to be cleaned. While marble does require slightly more care than granite, with just a little bit of TLC, you will not have to replace your marble surfaces until you are simply ready to move on to the next item.
Formed from sandstone and classified as a metamorphic rock, quartzite often has a banded appearance and typically exhibits characteristics similar to granite. It is exceptionally dense, strong, hard and resists scratching. As such, quartzite can be used in most of the same applications as granite.
Although there are limited color options, the varying grain and veining throughout soapstone gives each style a unique look. Because of its resistance to chemical attack and staining, this stone has traditionally been used in chemistry labs. Soapstone is also heat resistant, making it a solid choice for countertops and fireplace surrounds. It’s important to keep in mind that soapstone is on the softer end of the hardness scale for natural stone, which means that it has the tendency to scratch and nick. The good news is that most damage is repairable with a light sanding.
The rare beauty of onyx is undeniably the greatest feature of any room. The material has the ability to reflect and amplify light throughout a space, making for an eye-catching display. . The veins of color throughout the slab will transform any surface into a work of art.
A decorative onyx surface provides a unique look and feel to any home because the stone is often translucent. In simpler terms, onyx provides a setting for light to transmit itself through the stone, magnifying the colorful design.
From a maintenance perspective, any onyx surface is vulnerable to damage from chemicals or abrasives and thus requires an additional level of care beyond that of other natural stones. Due to its susceptibility to damage from everyday use, this stone is frequently used as a decorative accent instead of a surface for a high-traffic area. Vertical applications are a fantastic way to display the translucence and drama of this stone. .
If you’re looking for a soft, earthy stone to complete your space, consider travertine or limestone. The neutral buff, tan and brown tones will give you the opportunity to spice up the rest of your decor. Travertine and limestone have a calcium carbonate base, which means that these stones, much like marbles, are vulnerable to acid attack.
Some varieties can be porous and thus susceptible to stains also. It’s important to educate yourself on the properties of your stone choice in order to have the correct expectations of how it will perform in its intended application.