Timeless beauty from the earth. Granite, Limestone, Soapstone, Quartzite and Marble are all examples of natural stone used for exquisite countertops. While they require more care they also offer a uniqueness to your space.
Natural Stone refers to quarried stones such as granite, marble, soapstone, limestone, quartzite, etc. Granite is a natural stone which is formed by interlocking mineral crystals (usually feldspar and quartz). Granite often contains many other minerals which creates the unique colors. It is formed over millions of years from compressed molten rock under the earth's surface. Granite is very strong, durable and is resistant to heat and scratches. Marble is a metamorphic stone that starts life as limestone or dolomite that’s buried in the Earth. Over hundreds of years, immense pressure and high heat compacts and transforms the original limestone. The result is large blocks of marble that are harder, denser and more colourful than the original stone. The minerals being subjected to the pressure causes crystallization which creates the reflective, glistening veins throughout. Soapstone is a metamorphic rock that consists primarily of talc along with varying amounts of other minerals such as micas, etc and is a soft, dense, heat-resistant rock that has a high specific heat capacity. The name Soapstone has been used to describe many different kinds and colors of stone that are primarily made up of talc. These forms of soapstone are used for carving, among other things, due to its softness. Often described as feeling “soapy” thus creating the name Soapstone. Quartzite is a metamorphic rock derived from sandstone that is distinguished from sandstone by its fracture. It is the hardest of natural stones. With bi-annual sealing quartzite makes a beautiful and long lasting countertop.
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