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What is the first thing I need to understand about natural stone?

It is a natural material with variation. Background color will vary from light to dark and veining is not consistent. This is what makes natural stone so unique and beautiful. The selection process starts at the quarry. Marble blocks are quarried from the same area. Stones cut and polished at the factory will be cut […]

Why use granite for a kitchen counter top?

Granite comes in hundreds of colors with varying patterns and veins. It will never go out of style. Granite is extremely hard and dense and is resistant to scratches and acids. Hot plates can be placed directly on the surface.

Do I need to seal my granite counter top?

Some granites will be sealed with a silicone impregnator. Please consult with your stone fabricator or contractor. In most cases the granite is sealed at the stone shop. You may need to re-apply once or twice annually.

What are some of the different types of stones?

Marble – A metamorphic limestone. The crystal structure allows marble to take a polish. Granite – An igneous stone. Due to extreme pressure, granite is formed very dense with minimal pores. Limestone – A sedimentary stone. Limestone, not being crystallized, generally does not take a polish.

How do I clean my marble floors?

First keep your marble floor free of dust & grit. Use a clean, soft cloth. Wash with warm water and a mild detergent. Never use harsh chemicals.

What is the standard thickness of a marble or granite slab?

The standard thicknesses are ¾ ” and 1¼”. (2cm and 3cm respectively) Sizes are nominal.

How much does stone weigh?

1¼” (30mm) slab=18lbs. per square foot ¾” (20 mm) slab = 12.8 lbs. per square foot 12″x12″x3/8″ tile (10mm) thick = 5.5 lbs. per square foot 12″x12″x1/2″ tile (12mm) thick = 6.5 lbs. per square foot

What are the standard sizes of stone tiles?

Most tiles are produced in 12″x12″x3/8″, 16″x16″x1/2″ and 18″x18″x5/8″. Thickness may vary depending on stone and factory producing. Tiles are gauged, calibrated and beveled. Sizes are nominal.

What is the standard joint width when installing stone tiles?

The standard joint width is 1/16-inch to 1/8-inch.

What is flamed granite?

Flamed or thermal is a rough finish which is produced from applying direct flame at high temperatures. This is commonly used in exterior commercial applications.