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A Guide to Selecting Natural Stone

This earth has offered us an abundance of incredible natural stone and with so many types to choose from we have taken the opportunity to help you make an informed decision as to what stone may be best suited for your project.

We offer a wide selection of beautiful stone.


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Granite- The durability of a granite surface is second to none. Only diamonds rank harder than granite. Its polished finish will never fade nor will it ever blister, crack or scratch. This is the hardest of all stones and is the most widely used as kitchen counter tops, table tops and flooring due to its ability to remain beautiful while enduring punishing use. Granite is usually highly polished with a glossy surface. It is also available with a honed or matte surface.


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Marble- This gorgeous stone is softer than granite which lends itself more to staining and scratching than granite. This stone can be used in the kitchen with caution but we suggest using marble in bathrooms as vanity tops and tub surrounds, furniture tops as well as fireplace surrounds. This stone typically is available with a glossy surface. Other finishes for marble include a honed finish, as well as tumbled, antiqued, brushed and wavy.


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Limestone and Travertine- These stones are so distinctive. Noticeable features typically include a smooth honed surface with occasional pits and the appearance of fossils shells and other streaks or spots of calcium rich deposits. These stones are ideal for use in the bathroom and other areas with less foot traffic. Generally these stones are usually offered as a matte or honed surface.


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Soapstone- Long the standard used in an industrial setting, soapstone is very accommodating in the kitchen. It is non-porous and stain resistant. Although it does scratch, these scratches are easily sanded down with fine sand paper and with an application of mineral oil, they "disappear."


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Slate- Slate is ideal for wet areas such as around tubs or showers and is definitely excellent flooring material. It is moisture resistant but does scratch easily and therefore may not be suitable as counter top material.


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Onyx- Onyx is truly spectacular with waxy like features and a translucent luster of contrasting color which adds luxury and glamour to any setting. This stone is best suited for projects such as wall cladding or table tops.


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