(photo credit: www.connecticutstone.com) Quartzite “Super White” So, it’s back to school time, we’re sharpening our pencils and off for a little knowledge about stone. This can be very helpful in selecting materials, so let’s forge ahead! Granite is an igneous rock which means that it has crystallized and solidified from lavas molten state. Granite is […]
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Q&A: Limestone Fireplace Process
Q: I think I want a limestone fireplace surround in my house. What’s the process for having that done? Because each home is unique, each fireplace is unique. We custom design each surround based on the style and look that you, the homeowner, want. Before you come in, it’s a good idea to look around […]
Q&A: What is bookmatching?
A: Bookmatching stone refers to matching the edges of two (or more) stone pieces to create a near mirror image. A great example of where this is commonly used is in slab shower walls, like this one which you can also see in person in our showroom. Bookmatching can only be done with some slabs. […]
Q&A: Why is granite more scratch resistant than marble or soapstone?
To answer this question, we need to have a little geology lesson. But wait, don’t run away! We’ll keep things simple, and we think you’ll find it fascinating to know a bit more about that awesome stone you have or might put in your house. Granite, marble, limestone, even engineered quartz products all contain various […]
Q&A: How is granite priced?
A: In most cases, granite price is a direct reflection of its availability. Rarer stones are more expensive. More readily available stones are less expensive. Because marble, granite, limestone, etc. are natural products created by Mother Earth herself, they are all available in limited quantities. Some granite deposits are vast and expand hundreds of miles across. In other […]
Q&A: What is granite?
A: Granite is a crystaline, igneous rock which is well suited for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, shower walls, tub surrounds, fireplaces, and more! Granite is a plutonic igneous rock. For those non-geologists out there (ie, most of us) that means that it’s a rock that forms by being cooled under the surface of the earth. […]
Q&A: What is marble?
Marble is a beautiful stone that has been used for thousands of years for everything from crafting buildings to sculptures to fireplace mantles and bathroom vanities. Geologically, marble is a metamorphosed rock made of carbonate minerals. It is essentially a limestone or dolomite that has been subjected to high levels of heat and/or pressure within […]
Q&A: Why does marble etch?
A: Etching is the result of a chemical reaction between acid and the calcium carbonate found in marble (and also limestone and travertine). Here is a picture of a sample of marble that has been etched by a lemon left on it for 5 and 10 minutes. You can see how quickly the chemical reaction takes […]
Q&A: How do I decide which stone is right for me and my space?
A: Great question! The answer depends on a variety of factors. People come to us at all stages of their project. Some have their stone all picked out, plans drawn up, and are ready to go. Others are just beginning the process and haven’t decided on a material yet. This post is for them. There […]
Q&A: Is marble, granite, limestone, or quartz a “green” choice?
A: With the movement towards green building, we are often asked how “green” natural stone is as a building material. Many factors should be taken into account when choosing material for your home remodeling projects, and the environmental factor is becoming increasingly important for homeowners. Quarries: All natural stone products come from quarries where large […]