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Natural Stone Selection for Surfacing Projects

Natural Stone Selection for Surfacing Projects.

The secret to choosing the right natural stone for your surfacing project whether it be back-splash, counter-tops or flooring tile is giving preference to function over form.  Architect Louis Sullivan said “form ever follows function” implying that the form or look of a space is secondary to its practical functionality. A designed and decorated space isn’t truly a success unless it is able to be used and enjoyed by the people for whom it was designed.

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Granite – Natural Stone Tile

Natural Stone Selection – Granite.

Choosing the right natural stone for your surfacing project; whether it be back-splash, counter-tops, walls or flooring tile, depends upon knowing the attributes of the stone with which you will be working.  So, let consider the natural stone called granite.

Natural Stone Selection - Granite Countertops in Kitchen.
Granite Counter-tops in Kitchen.

Granite is naturally made and formed within the crust of the Earth.  It is an igneous rock formed from magma with at least 20% quartz by volume and at least 35% of the feldspar in granite is alkali feldspar. It is the alkali feldspar that gives granite a distinctive pink color. A siliceous stone,  it tends to be very durable and easy to clean. Stones in this category are granite, slate and sandstone.

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Limestone – Natural Stone Tile

Natural Stone Selection – Limestone.

Choosing the right natural stone for your surfacing project; whether it be back-splash, counter-tops, walls or flooring tile, depends upon knowing the attributes of the stone with which you will be working.

Yellow limestone paving slaves.So, let consider the natural stone called “Limestone.”   Recrystallized limestone, compact micro-crystalline limestone, and travertine that are capable of taking a polish are promoted, marketed and sold as either limestone or marble.

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Sandstone – Natural Stone Tile

Natural Stone Selection – Sandstone.

Choosing the right natural stone for your surfacing project; whether it be back-splash, counter-tops, walls or flooring tile, depends upon knowing the attributes of the stone with which you will be working. So, let consider the natural stone called Sandstone.

A look at Sandstone.Sandstone is an igneous rock. It is a classic sedimentary rock composed mainly of sand-sized minerals or rock grains. Most sandstone is composed of quartz and/or feldspar.  The stone is compact, hard and fine grained with a homogenous mixture.

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