What are the differences between stone types?

GRANITE – the hardest of the most popular stones. It is an igneous rock primarily made up of quartz and feldspars. It is unaffected by weather and therefore, an excellent choice for exterior use. It’s popularity is growing for interior applications as well.

MARBLE – a metamorphic crystalline rock composed primarily of calcite, dolomite or serpentine. Marble is best used in low traffic areas because the polished surface can scratch. It is used predominantly for bath vanities, shower stalls, fireplaces and furniture tops. Marble must be sealed.

LIMESTONE – a softer, but still durable stone that also must be sealed. It is a sedimentary rock composed of calcite and dolomite. Limestone is mainly fabricated with a honed finish and is used in the same applications as marble.

 SLATE – a metamorphic rock derived from sedimentary shale rock. It is popular because of its relatively low cost and ability to be resurfaced easily. It is most often used for pavers, flooring, fireplaces and countertops.

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