Types of Natural Stone
There are three major types of natural stone: Granite, Marble, and Travertine. Pricing among natural stone varies
greatly but most natural stones are between the range of $40.00 and $100.00 per SF (Square Foot).
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Granite is a group of natural igneous rocks composed of differing amounts of the mineral elements feldspar, quartz, and mica. This combination forms one of the hardest natural surfaces, creating a product that is durable and enduring. This makes granite very difficult to crack or chip and it will easily outlast most homes. In addition to its ability to withstand wear, its natural creation gives rise to unique variations in color, pattern, and movement; each and every slab is one-of-a-kind. Granite comes in an exquisite range of colors and patterns with more and more exotic colors every year. Granite is one of the strongest materials that can be chosen for countertops. It provides ageless elegance and natural beauty that is unrivaled, and endless variety that is unmatched.
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Marble is a type of limestone formed under extreme heat and pressure. While generally light in color, dark brown and black marbles are also available. One of the largest problems with marble is etching and staining when in contact with acidic substances. This can include wine, pickle juice, and other items that are found in an every-day household. Rapid cleanup of these substances can minimize damage but the risk does exist. As a favorite stone of classic sculptors and architects, marble is often considered a refined or traditional stone.
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Travertine is another natural stone product with a rich history. The Colosseum in Rome, for example, is constructed of 2000 year old travertine. The colors of travertine are very similar to classic earthy tones: cream, gold, and beige. Travertine, very similar to marble, can be stained and etched by acidic substances.