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Natural Stone FAQs

GRANITE:

Are the properties in marble and granite essentially equal?

No, besides the fact that they are both natural stones that can be polished, the main difference is that granite is a highly dense material composed of feldspar, quartz, and mica formed deep inside the earth’s core.  Unlike marble, which is a calcious stone formed from oceanic sediment deposits and then compressed under pressure, therefore making the mineral composition of these two stones react different to various chemicals and cleaners.

Can granite stain easily or be damaged?

One of the amazing properties of granite is that it is stain resistant generally to any liquid spilled if wiped up within a few minutes.  However, it is porous to some extent.  Hard water or liquids that do not evaporate, such as oils, will cause stains if left to soak into the stone.  To prevent damage all granite and marble tops are sealed immediately after the counters are installed.  The impregnating sealer penetrates deep into the stone clogging most of its pores making it quite impervious to liquids if promptly wiped off.

We still recommend you seal your marble every six months and your granite at least once every  year.

Does granite require a lot of maintenance?

No, polished granite is a very durable, heat, and scratch resistance stone.  Granite has been used in the commercial industry such as buildings, walls, and floors of high traffic areas.  This natural product is so resistant it will withstand cold and heat of hot pots and pans.  Routine cleaning with mild soap and water is all that it is required.  However, once a year a re-application of a penetrating sealer should be applied followed by a thorough rinsing and drying with cotton-flannel or chamois.  This takes only 10 minutes and will ensure the life and beauty of the stone.

Over time, will granite lose its polish?

While this may be true for marble, granite in all sense is the material of the future since granite is highly scratch resistant and will not show wear from daily use.  Granite will shine years from now just as if it was brand new.

Can granite chip?

It is very hard to damage granite.  Only in cases of extreme abuse, such as a blow with a hammer or impact tool, can granite sustain significant damage.  A chip can be filled with ground up chips of granite mixed with an epoxy mixture.

Does granite have pits and fissures?

Yes, granite is crystalline in structure, giving it tiny pits and natural fissures as well.  Some granite slabs have more of such characteristics than other types.  These are not structural defects, this is part of the stones natural structure and beauty.  Therefore, not impairing the function of durability of the material.  After all, this is a product of nature.

MARBLE:

Can marble be used for kitchen countertops?

We do not recommend it.  Marble is not a good choice for the kitchen area for the following reasons.  It is more porous and it can etch, resulting in loss of gloss and it is also more susceptible to being scratched and stained in a highly used area, such as the kitchen.  Marble is also known for being a much softer material that can chip and crack under frequent use.

What surfaces are better suited for marble?

Marble may be used for vanities,countertops, bathroom floors, jacuzzi tubs, and shower paneling.  The elegance of marble can also be applied to fireplace surroundings and table tops.

Can marble be sealed?

Marble is also sealed after the fabrication and installation process.  However we recommend you re-seal your marble tops every six months.

LIMESTONE:

What is limestone?

Limestone – is a form of marble that is less dense than marble and travertine. Consisting mostly of calcium carbonate. Formation of limestone includes carbonatic rocks of sedimentary origin, which can be polished.  Limestone is more porous than marble, available in fewer colors than marble; typically in lighter beige, beige, brown and red colors, as well as in black. It is usually treated with sealant before use.

Where can I Best uses limestone?

Floors, bathroom vanities, shower stalls, tub decking and foyer walls and fireplaces.

TRAVERTINE:

What is Travertine?

Travertine is a highly porous calcite which is a chemical limestone that when polished has a beautiful look of marble. Being of sedimentary origin it is a carbonatic rock which is formed by chemical precipitation in a sub aerial environment. Its beauty and versatility is most enjoyed in furniture, sculptures, bathroom vanities, shower walls, fireplaces, mosaics, tub decks and floors.

Travertine, is so versatile and can be used for almost any surface. It has such variations of color and texture with beauty and tone that matches both wood and granite. We often have clients requesting travertine for their countertops, walls, bathroom floors, showers and sometimes fireplace surfaces.

Can travertine be use in the kitchen?

No Travertine is not recommended for kitchen counters due to it porous nature. It can easily be stained by a variety of foods and drinks such as wine, coffee, tomato products and fruit juice just to name a few. Not a lot of versatility with color either as typically it ranges between brown and beige. When cleaning it requires special care and attention and many products are destructive to travertine surfaces.

ONYX:

What is Onyx?

Onyx is actually a type of oxide mineral that has dominant silica ingredients. The stone itself is famous for beautiful, silky luster that also looks vitreous if the stone is already treated and polished.

Onyx makes a beautiful addition to any room due to its striking beauty however, due to its fragility it is easily scratched and can be discolored by stains so we always suggest shying away from this choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. If used for its decorative aesthetics it brings warmth and charm especially when a blacklight is installed along with it.

NATURAL QUARTZITE:

What is Quartzite? And What is the difference between quartzite and granite and marble?

Quartzite is considered a metamorphic rock that is naturally occurring when sandstone reaches an extremely high heat and tectonic plate compression in the crust of the earth causes too much pressure to the sandstone. The quartzite is sawn into slabs after being mined and then later cut with precision for countertops. They are then polished to a beauty glossy finish and provide years of durability and beauty..

Marble (same type of rock) has been formed from limestone. Granite has been crystallized and solidified from lavas molten state (called also igneous rock)

MAN MADE QUARTZ:

Is Natural Quartzite the same as Quartz?

No, Quartzite is made from a combination of crushed quartz(approximately 93%) and polymers(7%)

This combination results in a very desirableproduct which is stain resistant, practically scratch proof and heat resistant just perfect for kitchen countertops and it is almost maintenance free!

Due to the combination of materials it offers so many color variations the they are endless and this has great appeal to many of our clients when designing their kitchens or other surface areas with a specific color scheme.