Marble has been used for centuries as a building material and for sculpture. It is the result of a geological process that turns limestone into marble. Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of a very pure limestone. But it is the characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties that give marble its characteristic beauty.
Marble can be cut and shaped to make the desired shape and dimensions. When polished, it provides a beautiful smooth surface perfect for countertops, vanities, and for wall or floor tiles. Marble comes in a variety of colors and textures - see product information below for a sample.
Thassos Marble is pure-white with a beautiful crystalline structure and is quarried only on the Greek island of Thasos. The more pure-white the stone, the higher the quality grade.
Carrara is extracted from a bedrock quarry in Carrara, Italy and is one of the many white marbles produced in this area
Marble exhibits a beautiful variety of textures, created by the veins and impurities in the stone. This example shows four different textures, even though they are all the same color.
The colors of marble can vary from pure white to shades of red, green, blue and earth tones. Contact us, and let us recommend a type of stone that will complement your color scheme.
Granite is one of the hardest and most durable stones in the world. Naturally stain resistant and easy to care for, granite comes in a great variety of colors and textures. Granites can be pink, red blue or grey in color, depending on their chemistry and mineralogy.
Granite is such a hard stone that until the early 19th century it could not be cut or carved effectively. Polished granite is now a favorite material for not only floor tiles, but also kitchen countertops and other uses, where its resilience and ease of cleaning are unequaled .
One attraction of granite flooring is its durability - properly installed granite tile floors last virtually forever. Water absorption varies by stone and by type. Some are very dense and stain-resistant. The natural stone look is very attractive, and the ease of maintenance is a plus.
Granite is resistant to heat and metal abrasion, making it the stone of choice for many kitchen counter tops. In addition, the variety of colors available make granite an easy fit to any kitchen color scheme.
Because limestone was created from sea shells and marine animals millions of years ago, each piece of limestone has its own specific colors and texture. Limestone is a softer stone than granite or marble, and is not quite as durable.
Limestone comes in various colors, which tend to range in earth tones from beige to rust-reds. It has distinct textures that give it its unique look. Compared to granite or marble, it can be less expensive, but may require more upkeep..
Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, and cream-colored varieties.
Travertine is prized for its lucid, brilliant texture and clear colors. Tints vary from the off-white "Classico" to the fiery "Rosso" with the beautiful "Jerusalem Gold" variety in the middle. Many of the monuments and temples in ancient Rome were built with Travertines.