An excellent choice for kitchen countertops, floors, and other heavily used surfaces
Granite, quarried from the mountains of Italy, the U.S., India and dozens of other countries around the world, is one of the most popular natural stones on the market.
Available in a striking array of colors, granite's durability and longevity make it ideal for kitchen countertops and other heavily used surfaces, including table tops and floors.
While some synthetic surfaces scratch easily and melt under hot cookware, granite resists heat. Granite is also one of the most bacteria-resistant kitchen surfaces, and it is not affected by citric acid, coffee, tea, alcohol or wine. It is also nearly impossible to scratch, and with proper cleaning, will not stain under normal use (ask your professional contractor about sealants available to further improve resistance to staining).
A leading consumer magazine recently compared granite with engineered stone, ceramic tile, laminate, butcher block and other manufactured surfaces. Granite received the highest overall performance rating as a kitchen countertop material.
Because of its exceptional strength, granite is well suited for exterior applications such as cladding, paving and curbing.
Quartzite is an increasingly popular choice among homeowners and interior designers due to its contemporary look and neutral tones. One of the main benefits of quartzite is that many of the varieties have a similar look to marble, but require much less maintenance, so it can be a good option for consumers who would like marble countertops but want the durability of granite.
Natural quartzite is a hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock, which was originally pure quartz and sandstone. Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure usually related to tectonic compression. The color variation depends on several factors such as the amount of iron oxide present, the region the stone comes from and the age of the stone.
Its chic look combined with its durability makes it a top trend contender for everything from kitchen countertops to feature walls.
Ideal for bathrooms, foyers, floors and hearths
Marble is found in the mountainous regions of Canada, Italy, Brazil, Spain, the U.S. and other countries worldwide. Because of its beauty and elegance, marble is a popular choice for countertops, floors, foyers, fireplace facings and hearths, walls and windowsills.
Marble adds a sophisticated element to your home, and its wonderful appearance, superior engineering characteristics and ease of maintenance makes it a natural choice for floors, wall coverings, table tops and bathroom walls, floors, vanity tops, tub decks and showers.
Another option for marble-loving homeowners is using another natural stone; serpentine; for kitchen counters. Sometimes called the "green" marble, serpentine is not a true marble but offers a marble-like look. And, because it is magnesium-silicate based, it is not sensitive to citric acid and other kitchen spills.
Ideal for high-end products where beauty and elegance are priority
Onyx is a variety of calcite that is usually deposited in cold water solutions and is found in stalagmites and stalagtites in caves. It is known for its tremendous color variety and for dramatic lighting effects made possible by the fact it is frequently translucent.
Onyx is an expensive and fragile material and is normally not found in the kitchen or in flooring where there is heavy foot traffic. It is commonly used for vanities, bars and wall coverings. The expense and extraordinary beauty of onyx has allowed this material to become popular in high-end designs and applications.
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Travertine and limestone are other examples of natural stone frequently used in residential applications.
Travertine is a type of limestone and one of the most popular natural stones for vanities, interior and exterior wall cladding and flooring.
Limestone is widely used as a building stone because it is readily available and easy to handle. Popular applications include countertops, interior and exterior wall cladding and flooring.