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GRANITE is an
important structural and decorative stone. Itís used for immense
structural work due to its high compressive strength and
durability. It is the hardest structural stone. Graniteís rich
colors, stiffness and density, make it an ideal choice for
flooring, counter tops, vanities as well as exterior
applications. Many stylish patterns and colors make granite the
most versatile and trendy of all stones. It is also a very
low-maintenance stone. Granite is composed of quartz, feldspars,
micas and other minerals. These minerals contribute to the color
and texture of the granite stones. Granites get their wonderful
variety of colors and patterns from minerals that are melted
into the liquid mass as it is formed..
MARBLE has been valued for thousands of years
for its rich palette of beautiful colors and appearance and is
perfect, pretty much anywhere in the house. Marble stones
consist of limestone that has undergone heat and pressure. A
transformation process takes place when the weight of overlying
material, pressure from crystal collisions and heat from the
earth's core generate temperatures in excess of 1800ļF.Texture
of marble depends on the form, size and uniformity of grains.
The element components of marble determine the color of the
stone. Generally calcite and dolomite marbles are of pure white
color. Variations of whiteness of pure marbles are due to the
mixture of foreign substances. Such impurities form streaks and
TRAVERTINE is generally used for floors, walls,
countertops and for outside as cladding and pavement. Travertine
is generally filled with grout before it is honed or polished,
which produces a uniform surface more like other marbles.
Unfilled travertine is also quite beautiful, and is often seen
as exterior surfaces of buildings. Travertine stones result from
hot spring water penetrating up through underground limestone.
When the water evaporates, it leaves behind layers of dissolved
limestone and other minerals, giving it its banded appearance.
Travertine stones are generally light-colored beiges and tans.
LIMESTONE The soft limestone stones are ideal
for today's more casual and comfortable environments. Generally
these soft beiges and tans are suitable for bathrooms,
fireplaces, counters and floors. Limestone is a sedimentary rock
that is formed at the bottom of lakes and seas, as organic
matters settle to the bottom. As more and more layers build up
over thousands and millions of years, adding more and more
weight, the heat and pressure cause chemical reactions to take
place to harden the sediments into solid stone.
SLATE The lively colors and unique texture make
slates appropriate for interior as well as exterior
applications. Slate is formed of compressed layers of sediments
formed under ocean. Since it is formed in layers, it can easily
be split to expose beautifully textured surfaces. The usual
colors of slates are earthy browns, beiges, yellows, black,
dark-grays, and greenish-gray, pinks, purples and copper are
also found. They usually exhibit lot of variations even in the
same quarry. Slates are used for flooring, cladding and
SANDSTONE Sandstone consists of sand covered by
silica, iron and lime. Cementing material determines the color
of sandstone, iron sandstones are reddish, brownish;
carbonaceous, black; siliceous, white and argillaceous, earthy
to buff. The hardness of sandstones is important in deciding
suitability for applications for sandstone.
QUARTZITE stones are the same with slates, but
with higher content of quartz in them, which gives them, a
bright texture. They are very similar to slates. Like slates,
quartzites are used for various applications depending on their
There are many different types
of stones, and many different types of structures, but the best
stonework has a purpose.
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