Granite & Marble Tile
Benefits of Natural Stone
Natural stone has long been admired for the beauty and elegance it adds to any space. Granite and marble tile has endured as a stylish flooring choice and, when properly cared for, can last for years to come.
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Granite & Marble Tile
For centuries, natural stone has been a classic choice for a refined look in flooring, yet it offers timeless beauty that is not easy to replicate with man-made materials. The choices of granite, marble, travertine, slate, limestone, and quartzite can offer a vast selection to fit your design intent. Natural stone is a uniquely durable material choice due to its ability to be refinished. Traffic patterns can be erased with a professional polishing program.
Natural Stone tiles consist of any product quarried from the earth and can be categorized into Marbles, Granites, Limestone, Travertine, Slates, Quartzite and various other products. Each type of Natural Stone will vary from piece to piece in regards to color, surface texture, edge treatments, durability and maintenance.
- Marble: Metamorphic stone formed millions of years ago due to the action of extreme heat pressure. Marble is simply “changed” limestone that, due to the heat and pressure has crystallized, melted and re-cooled. Coloring is extremely varied and often accompanied with lots of veining and other mineral deposits.
- Granite: Igneous stones formed millions of years ago under conditions of extreme heat. Hard and crystalline in nature, granite is most often seen polished.
- Limestone: Sedimentary stone formed millions of years ago due to the action of water and extreme pressure. Fossilized seashells and other sea life and treasure are often found in limestone. Primary light beige and tan in coloring.
- Travertine: Sedimentary stone formed millions of years ago due to the action of water and heat. Water and gases percolating through the stone give travertine its characteristic holes.
- Slates: A metamorphic stone formed millions of years ago and derived from sedimentary rock. Slate is normally split (cleft) rather than cut with a saw as other stones are. Coloring can vary wildly. Typically, slate is not “finished”, as the natural cleft surface as its focal point and source of interest and beauty.
- Quartzite: A rock formed from the metamorphism of quartz sandstone consisting essentially of quartz in interlocking grains.
- Tumbled: Stone finish achieved by putting the stones in a machine that “tumbles” the stones around together causing an uneven rough surface and edges. This finish has a rustic appeal.