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GRANITE
Is one of the most frequently used stones, both for interior and exterior, especially for counter tops and commercial flooring. Being one of the most dense stones and very good for abrasion resistance, it lends itself to many finishes such as polished, hone or textured finishes: sandblasted, flamed ad chiseled. Granite appears as a coarse grained rock with a consistent speckled pattern of colorful movements. Granite is primarily composed of 30% Quartz and 60% feldspars. These minerals are much harder than the calcium carbonate mirerals found in marble, travertine and limestone. Most granites are resistant to heat, scratches and acid based products such as lemon juice, however most granites are porous and require a penetrating sealer annually to protect the stone from staining. Some granite may have minor pitting on the surface, which is not a flaw just a natural characteristic similar to inclusions in diamonds. With simple care your granite will out last and out perform most any other counter top surface.

MARBLE
Marbles have a wide variety of colors which display mottling clouds, swirls, shadings and movement-like patterns. With the vast color variety comes advantages in stone design, however most marbles are softer than granite and require a little more care. Marbles are used on interiors and exteriors. It is important to evaluate the performance characteristics of different stones individually and not assume that all marbles ate alike. Most marbles are 60% calcium carbonate and 40% dolomite, which is softer that granite. The best qualities of marble ate not only color choices but also the variety of sizes and finishes. From tiny mosaic pieces, to huge slabs. Finishes range from mirror-like sine to smooth honed patina finishes, tumbled, slit face, acid etched, distressed and sand blasted. Marble is geologically classified as a Metamorphic rock and lives up to its title as the most diversified stone.

LIMESTONE
Is a granular, sedimentary rock. In some limestone, the partial or completely fossilized remains of extinct organisms can be seen. Many different types of limestone exist, yet the mineral composition of all limestone is similar. The color range is diverse; pastels from white to creams through beige to pinkish… soft yellows through browns to rich crimson… medium green to dark blue-green… gray to black. Limestone can be polished to a high gloss finish, but is more commonly known for it honed (matte), tumbled (antique or acid washed) and natural finished, typically in more neutral tones. Similar to marble and granite, Limestone is processed for a wide range of interior and exterior building applications. Due to its particularly porous nature it´s recommended to re-seal Limestone once every year or two.

TRAVERTINE
Travertine has been placed into the "Marbe" classifications because of the geological similarities and can take on a reflexive polish due to its compositions, but is generally considered apart from limestone and marble. The cavities and voids which make travertine so unique are caused by hot springs and water flows; they may be kept naturally un-filled for a rustic look, or they can be factory-filled with a matching or contrasting colored cement or epoxy. These fills may re-expose themselves over time and can be easily filled with a Travertine fill kit (i.e. Granite Gold). These cavities are not defects just a natural characteristic of the stone. Newly installed travertine may have a chalky appearance which can be resolved by professional cleaning and sealing treatments. Travertine is by far one the most popular stones for residential flooring with multiple qualities from performance, size, color choices, finishes, availability and price. This stone is used in a wide range of applications in both interior and exterior settings.

SLATE
Slates are sedimentary and composed of organic matter and decomposing stone which have been hardened by heat and pressure. Due to the variety of geologic process, slates range quite a bit in color, hardness and porosity. It is important to judge the performance characteristics of different slates individually and not assume that all slates are alike. The most common building applications of this material are floors, walls and roof tiles, as well as fireplace surrounds. Tiles can be split and cut-to-size whit only the natural cleft surface. Manufacturers can calibrate the material to ensure a consistent thickness throughout the piece.

QUARTZITE
Is distinguished by its natural high quality sparking appearance, and its shifting aesthetics as the light reflects from the variety of its mineral patterned surfaces. A variety of colors are available, very light white to silver, medium to dark grays, light to dark golds, soft greens, and to olive green, and a variety of blues. . Quartz will weather well, but is highly absorbent. If uses where oils from food will be present, it should be professionally treated with oil and water repellent.