is the most durable architectural building stone. This
igneous rock is comprised mainly of quartz, graphite,
mica and other minerals. The increasing popularity
of this stone is a testament to its beauty, versatility
and consistency. Used in a wide array of commercial
and residential applications, granite is ideal for
tile floors, walls and countertops, as well as exterior
applications such as pavers and wall cladding. Granite
is quarried worldwide, with the most exotic colors
coming from Brazil, India, Finland, North America,
China and Southern Africa. New quarries are discovered
each year further enhancing color choices and keeping
prices in check.
Designing your dream home starts with
the selection of the right materials, and that's where
Silestone natural quartz comes in. Silestone is the
world's leading quartz surface, combining strength
and beauty to create a superior choice for nearly any
surface in your home or office.
Ideal for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops,
shower wall cladding, flooring, table tops, and so
much more, Silestone offers a unique mix of strength
and elegance with no maintenance required.
Silestone offers benefits that outperform other surfaces,
such as scratch and scorch resistance that can't be
matched by plastic or solid surfaces, and resistance
to stains that can't be matched by even sealed granite
or marble. And with over 48 colors available in the
U.S., and virtually unlimited edge designs to choose
from, Silestone offers something for everyone to love.
Plus, Silestone has the widest availability of any
quartz surface in the world, with over 3,500 retailers
offering Silestone in North America.
Asked Questions (Countertops)
my stone look like the samples?
does natural stone come from?
natural stone be used for exteriors of buildings
and houses in the Midwest?
are the differences between 3/4 (2 cm)
and 1 1/4 (3
cm) material for countertops?
you scratch or chip granite?
you stain or burn granite?
durable is marble?
marble be used in kitchens and bathrooms?
can slate be used for?
slate only come in one color, gray?
are limestone and travertine used in commercial
and residential settings?
colors are available in limestone and travertine?
your design team design small residential projects?
Since stone is a natural product
it will vary in color, tone, granularity, pattern,
etc. These variations are expected and are one of
the sources of its natural beauty. The samples you
see on the computer have been scanned and saved with
digital software. The color tones may not be absolutely
correct due to variations in computer systems, monitors
and software compression.We strongly advise that you choose
the slabs in person at our warehouse. We request
24-hour advance notice from you so that we have the
slabs ready for viewing. Please call our office at
. Once at our showroom, you can also get actual samples
of the stone you are considering
Stone comes from around the world.
Various types of stone, in myriad colors and textures,
are found in different countries. Much of our granite
comes from Brazilian, Indian, US and Chinese quarries.
Marble is mostly from Italy, Spain and Mexico. Slate
is imported from Brazil, India and China, while travertine
and limestone come from Spain, Portugal and Mexico
Yes. Most natural stones (with the
exception of filled travertine and some marble) can be
used for exterior wall cladding even in extreme temperatures.
For flooring, we recommend our natural slates or flamed
Slabs, large pieces of stone, come
in 3/4 (2 cm) and 1 1/4 (3 cm) . For
the most part there is no difference in durability or
usage. The choice depends on the type of edging you want.
You can see a variety of edge samples in our showroom.
No. In fact, granite countertops can
be less expensive than a solid surface material such
as Corian©. The price will vary by square foot,
depending on the color you select as well as the edging
detail. But remember, your granite counter will last
forever and be completely unique to your kitchen--a
truly durable, scratch resistant and beautiful investment.
Granite is one of the hardest stones
available. It cannot be scratched in ordinary use;
even a knife blade will not scratch it. It can only
be scratched with specially sharpened tools designed
to work with granite, like tungsten and diamond tools.Granite will chip only in cases of severe
abuse with a hammer or impact tool. In the unlikely
event that your granite is chipped, the mark can be
filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture. Granite
will not crack with ordinary use
No. You cant burn it with ordinary
use. Granite is highly resistant to staining. The only
caveat is that a few colors may absorb some moisture
with prolonged contact. Usually no evidence remains
when the liquid is removed and the granite dries. A
problem could arise with prolonged exposure to a dark-pigmented
liquid.Although the granite may have a sealer
applied at the fabricator's location, we recommend
that a stone sealer also be applied after installation.
Please see Recommended Stone Care Products in
the Stone Care section of our store and on our web
Marble has been used for thousands of
years. In many cases, the statues and buildings made
of marble have far outlasted the cultures that built
them. A simple, regular maintenance program will keep
marble looking beautiful for the life of your home
or commercial building.
Yes. Marble is a durable material that
adds elegance to any room, including bathrooms and
kitchens. Since marble is more porous (and therefore
softer) than granite, it is more prone to staining,
etching and scratching. We recommend that a penetrating
sealant be applied on a twice-yearly basis to help
protect the marble from damage.Marble can even be used for kitchen
countertops, although we recommend granite as a first
choice for countertops. Green marble is the most durable
and least susceptible to staining and scratching. With
any marble, care should be made to wipe up spills immediately
and we also recommend using a cutting board to protect
against scratching.Marble is an excellent choice for bathrooms
and powder rooms--giving a luxurious quality to vanities,
floors, tubs and showers.
can slate be used for?
Slate is such a hard, durable stone
that it has traditionally been used as a roofing material.
However, slate has many other advantagesstain
resistance and water resistance, non-skid surfacing,
and affordabilitymake it ideal for almost any
application, including interior and exterior flooring,
paving, stair treads, wall cladding, tabletops, countertops,
bathroom vanities, showers, and more. Brazilian slate
is the only kind that comes in a slab big enough to
use as a kitchen counter.
No! Slate is available in a variety
of gorgeous colors and tones, including blues, grays,
blacks, greens, purples, roses, golds, peaches, reds
and many others.
are limestone and travertine used in commercial
and residential buildings?
Both limestone and travertine
(a type of limestone formed near hot springs) come
in light, creamy colors that impart warmth and subtlety
to any structure. Limestone can be used in both exteriorsincluding
wall cladding, benches, columns, and statuaryand
interiorsincluding floors, tabletops, stairs,
and decorative stonework.
In locations that are susceptible to
freezing temperatures, travertine is normally used
for interior wall cladding and decoration. Its natural
pits and holes, made by bubbles in the hot springs
where it was formed, lend it a distinctive character.
The holes are normally filled with synthetic resins
or cements for easier maintenance. In temperate climates,
travertine is also used in exterior applications. Unfilled
travertine is ideal for exterior use.
Travertine usually comes in creamy
or reddish colors. Limestone colors can range from
creamy whites and yellows to browns and blacks.
YES, our design team will work with
you on any size project. No Project is to small.
large pieces of stone, come in 3/4 (2 cm) and
1 1/4 (3 cm) . For the most part there is
no difference in durability or usage. The choice depends
on the type of edging you want. You can see a variety
of edge samples in our showroom.
the build-up of dust, dirt,
and sand are abrasive to natural stone. in addition
to customized kitchen counter tops, the material also
can be used for bathroom vanity tops, shower and tub
surrounds, wet bars, flooring, furniture, and fireplace
mantels in new construction and remodeling applications.
in the quarry industries, the term stone is more common
and means firm, coherent, relatively hard earth material.
the distance between these planes of weakness is referred
to as the depth of stone on bed and is a major factor
in deciding on the suitability of the stone for building.