Natural Stone and Stone Veneer

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Stone

Stone is a natural material that is both durable and beautiful and over time has been the oldest building material of choice in both architecture and landscaping. Stone and look alike manufactured products are becoming increasingly more popular with ever more ever choices in both slabs and tile form materials.

The natural properties of stone, hardness and absorbency vary depending on the type of stone used and therefore dictates the usage of this material. This could range from granite which is very hard to slate or limestone which is not. Usage to determines the type of stone used based on the degree of hardness, durability and resistance to acid, stain and water. Most natural materials need to be maintained which is unlike the hard surface of ceramic tile which has been glazed and fired in a kiln. Additionally, some stones can lose some amount of their colour due to the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Stone maintenance covers two types, daily and periodic. Daily maintenance includes dust mopping flooring or wiping shower walls and countertops, eliminating dirt, water spots, and stains. Periodic maintenance includes the application of an sealer or impregnator on an annual type basis, whereby the same sealer type is used with each application, ensuring that different chemicals are not accidently mixed, causing harmful side effects.

Granite

This is typically the hardest of the stones. Granite is utilized in kitchen countertops where they resist scratching, are stain resistant and heat resistant. Granite is also suitable for flooring and wall cladding and can be used in both interior and exterior settings.

Limestone

This is most common in a "honed" or smooth surface finish and can be used for both interior and exterior projects. The surface may have rough areas, which are common on some types of stone. Limestone densities can vary, ranging from that of marble to that of granite.

Marble

Marble can be either highly polished or non-reflective. Marble can be used in interior and exterior areas and are recommended in all but the lightest traffic areas, a honed or textured marble is recommended because of the labour and expense in maintaining polished surfaces in abrasive areas. Periodic maintenance includes the application of an sealer or impregnator on an annual type basis.

Flagstone

Flagstone that is used for residential applications is taken from the ground in individual layers, they are typically used as flooring or paving materials. Most flagstone can be used in both interior and exterior areas. The finished surface is typically the way the stone came out of the ground, having a dull finish with natural crevices, although some sandstones are honed for a smoother finish.

Slate

This is a desirable natural material which is desirable and has a natural roughness with crevices and are typically used for flooring or roofing and can be used either interior or exterior. Dark slate typically has a wider colour variation, as well, most slates are acid and stain resistant. It should be noted that care must be taken to understand the properties each individual material and how it should be maintained.

Stone Veneer

This material is becoming popular and attractive alternative to natural stone which if installed properly can be both durable and long lasting. Stone veneer is a lightweight concrete material made in forms created from real stone. It can be used in interior and exterior applications. Stone veneer is realistic looking, comes in numerous styles of colours, and cheaper than natural stone.

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