GRANITE is considered one of the most popular natural stones in the market. Its durability and longevity make it ideal for kitchen countertops and other heavily used surfaces available. It’s heat resistant, nearly impossible to scratch, and will not stain under normal use with proper cleaning.
MARBLE has long been valued for its strength and beauty. Unique natural color variations make marble a popular choice for countertops, floors, fireplaces, windowsills, vanities, and bathtubs. It is also fire, erosion, and stain resistant (requires propers sealing). Once only available to the wealthy, marble is now accessible to all who appreciate its ageless beauty.
Compared to granite, marble is a much softer stone. This natural stone is best where it won’t be subjected to frequented use and abuse.
ONYX is most often used for fireplace surrounds, bar tops or small islands because it transmit light. Other uses include wall cladding, light duty residential floors, sinks, and tables. Onyx can also be used for novelty items such as vases, urns, lamps, wine goblets, sinks and bowls. It works well where you can accent the stone and use backlighting to draw attention to its translucent qualities.
TRAVERTINE is a banded, compact variety of limestone that’s transformed along streams, particularly around waterfalls and springs. Travertine offers a classic, aged look that will warm your home. Polished or honed travertine looks a bit more formal but is still inviting. The stone surface can also be left in its natural state with the small holes and pits unfilled, providing a warmer aged look that will acquire a beautiful patina over time.
Consumers who are less acquainted with these materials may expect all stones from the same quarry to be identical in color. A single slab, however, will have subtle variations in colors and markings from one end to the other.
In addition, tiny pits or spaces may occur between the various mineral crystals. These are not visible prior to polishing, and usually remain unobtrusive on finished pieces once the surface is highly polished. Stone materials contain natural fissures that may appear to be cracks, but they are not structural defects and will not impair the function or durability of the material. They occur naturally and are considered to be part of the beauty of stone.
Ultimately, this lack of predictability gives the product its unique character and adds an element of nature into human-designed spaces.