You have many options when it comes to beautiful, long-lasting natural stone for your home’s interior and exterior: Granite, Marble, Quartz-based stone and Travertine just to name a few. While there are numerous types of natural stone to consider, some are better suited than others to particular uses in and around the home. We can help you explore your options and offer guidance on the right stone for your project.
Natural stones are available in a beautiful array of colors. For instance, the color of granite and marble can range from classic white and soft beiges to pinks, rich corals, greens, blacks, and multi-colored pieces. Unlike the repetitive sameness of materials produced by machine or assembly lines, natural stone’s naturally varied appearance has wonderful character and creates a one-of-a-kind effect anywhere it is used. These natural variations will appeal to some and not others. Once you have selected a particular slab, we highly suggest that you identify any areas of the stone that you would like to avoid prior to fabrication. In most cases, we can accommodate this request.
Natural stone can be ordered from the quarry or factory in many different finishes for a distinct appearance. Some colors are limited to polish only, but many are not. A polished finish has a glossy surface that reflects light and emphasizes the color and marking of the stone. This finish is typically used on countertops, walls, furniture tops, and flooring. A honed finish is a satin-smooth surface with relatively little light reflection. This finish is preferred for surfaces where a softer look is desired. It is also ideal for high-use surfaces where a polished surface could dull over time. A leathered finish adds texture to the surface and offers a sheen but is not as reflective as a polished finish. The texture will vary from stone to stone and not all selections are available. We highly suggest that you hand select this finish in your material before purchasing.
Slab materials come primarily in two thicknesses: 2 cm and 3 cm. 2cm, or ¾”, is most commonly used in smaller applications like bathroom or laundry countertops. If 2cm is used in the kitchen, it is usually fabricated with a laminated “glued together” edge which adds twice the thickness, bringing it to 1 ½” thick at the edge. This edge detail allows for added edge design options. 3cm, or 1 ¼” is more common in kitchen applications and has become more popular for use throughout the home. It also tends to be more durable in the fabrication and installation process.