Natural stone is an incredibly durable product that adds a look of elegance and sophistication to any room or area, which increases the value of any property. When cared for properly can last you a life time!
There are variety of ways to include natural stone to your home and many options when choosing natural stone and can be a very personal choice. Our team is qualified to help you make the best choice.
Natural stone is not something new, it has been used well before our time in many applications, from floors, walls, to countertops. It is made to last a life time. Stone countertops are like having jewelry for your home.
Stone is a natural solid formation comprised of minerals. Thousands of stone types including granite, marble, limestone, sandstone, slate, onyx and travertine have been quarried for centuries from locations around the world. The majority of natural stone comes from Italy, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, United States, Mexico, China, India, France, Brazil and Canada.
Each stone has unique natural veining, pitting, fissures, micro-cracks and color variations including patterns, markings and darker or lighter spots that are all natural characteristics of stone. These characteristics are not meant to be deficiencies or faults, nor can they be avoided in fabrication. The surface of granite is not as consistently smooth or shiny as glass is to the eye or touch.
When choosing a stone it is best to take a good look and examine it. Also, make sure to touch the different elements that it has to offer so you are aware of their existence.
Appearance with the stone from the warehouse compared to your home, there are a few things to know. Lighting and the different angles viewed can affect the way your stone looks. Once the stone is cut and is lying flat on your cabinets may give it a different appearance, surrounding colors can also give different hues. It’s important to understand this, as it is a possibility with any stone (natural or manmade).
Some stones especially exotic stones come from the quarry treated with epoxy to help strengthen the bond between parts of the stone you will notice fillers in existing slabs. Fillers are also part of the production process, during cutting and polishing it’s not uncommon for minerals to separate. During the fabrication process we polish and fill any mineral gaps. These are not defects and do not compromise the integrity or use of your stone.