Natural Stone

Origin of Materials

Natural Stone is a creation of nature. Like so many natural formations, every piece is unique and matchless. Within each piece of stone also lies the history of one particular place of our planet. Todays limestone for instance, was once a mass of tiny sea creatures, then an ancient seabed, and after millions of years of uplift, a mountainside where the limestone was discovered in our day.

Your natural stone was cut out from a mountainside originally in huge 50,000 pound blocks of stone. The blocks were then sliced into slabs which were then refined to give its natural colors a mirror like depth, smooth soft surface of left slightly rough to enhance its rich natural texture. Many finishes exist in the market today including gloss, honed, river wash/leathered or brushed finish, flamed and hammered.

The luster, hardness, color and variation are all indications of the stones mineral composition and origin.This unique blend of characteristics is what makes your natural stone a one of a kind, beautiful yet pratical surface for your home.

We travel the world looking for unique stones and bring them here to you in the Carolinas.

What you should know before you buy

Stone countertops are naturally beautiful, durable and easy to maintain. Several types of different countertop materials in stone are available.

Granite

Overview - Granite is one of the most popular of available countertop materials.

Appearance - There are many different types of minerals in granite, some of which appear like small, shiny flecks or larger more movement type stones with veining of varying colors.

Beneficial Features - The stone is naturally durable and water resistant with antibacterial and stain proof characteristics. Granite is also scratch and heat resistant. This coupled with our 15 year transferable warranty sealer called Permaseal makes Granite second to none for durability.

Granite Care - Use a granite sealant for an additional layer of protection (unless permasealed at which point there is no maintenance program required)

Marble

Overview - Marble is another popular choice of different countertop materials.

Commercially, any stone that can be polished is also known as marble, with the exception of granite. This includes quartzite, travertine, limestone and onyx.

Appearance - Marble comes in a wide variety of colors and with different vein colors and sizes.

Beneficial Features - Natural marble is very hard, making it a versatile choice. However, protect marble from water, spills and stains.

Care - Clean up any water or spills on marble as quickly as possible and consider adding a sealant. We offer permaseal on marble, however, it will need to be reapplied every 3 years. Permaseal on marble will only protect against staining and not scratching or etching which will still happen on marble surfaces. Marble has what is called a living surface, and over time a patina will emerge of the marble which is beautiful. Marble has to go thru what we call the "ugly duckling" phase thru using the surface to attain this beautiful and rich patina. Lastly, marble has been used in Europe for centuries.

Quartzite

Overview - Quartzite, which is predominantly silica, is a hard non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally sandstone. Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure related to tectonic compression. Its siliceous nature makes it a perfect choice for kitchen countertops because chemically it has a very high resistance to anything acidic.

Appearance - Pure quartzite is usually white to gray, though quartzite often occur in various shades of pink and red due to varying amounts of iron oxide. Other colors, such as yellow and orange, are due to other mineral impurities.

Beneficial Features - Quartzite is a decorative stone which is used as kitchen countertops, to cover walls, as roofing tiles, in flooring, and for stair steps. Quartzite is extremely popular due to its marble like appearance and granite like properties which make it an ideal choice to be used in kitchen. Hardness of quartzite makes it extremely resistant to water absorption, heat and scratches.

Travertine

Overview - Travertine is common for both exterior and interior purposes.

Appearance - Most natural travertine is dark, ranging from Ecru to dark red, with a variety of vein colors.

Beneficial Features - Natural Travertine is softer than marble or granite and should be sealed.

Travertine Care - Wipe down travertine regularly with a clean, damp cloth and then dry with a towel. Avoid abrasive, bleach or caustic leaners, as these can stain, etch or dull the appearance of the stone.

Limestone

Overview - Limestone is a versatile material with many uses.

Appearance - Most limestone from the United States is light in color, ranging from yellow to pink to gray in color. Limestone imported from other countries is often light or even dark red, brown or black.

Beneficial Features - Select limestone with mineral dolomite present, as this type of limestone can be polished and is harder than other types of limestone.

Limestone Care - Wipe with a clean, damp cloth if dirty.

Soapstone

Overview - Primarily characterized by a soapy sensation when touched, soapstone has a high talc content.

Appearance - The color of soapstone ranges greatly depending upon the type of soapstone used. Over time, natural soapstone develops a natural patina.

Beneficial Features - The material is stain, chemical and water resistant but scratches easily.

Care-Clean with water. Soap stone can also be "loaded" with mineral oil to keep a beautiful deep finish.