Exotic Stone Countertops
When you want to make a statement, choose a natural exotic stone. A wide variety of options is available for those seeking a one-of-a-kind countertop for their lobby, foyer, kitchen or bath.
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Quartzite is a hard metamorphic rock which starts out as sandstone and is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure related to tectonic compression. Its density makes it mostly resistant to erosion and volatile weather. With a high-range of hardness, this stone has the same physical and mechanical features as granite. Pure quartzite is usually white to gray, though quartzites often occur in various shades of pink and red due to varying amounts of iron oxide. Quartzite can be used to cover walls or as roofing tiles, flooring and stair steps but is often simply used for decoration and countertops.
Soapstone is quarried like granite and marble. It is a steatite stone and its primary components are magnesite, dolomite, chlorite, and talc. It can range in age from 300 to 400 million years old depending on which part of the planet it is drawn from. Soapstone is inert, so alkalis and acids won’t affect it as they will a granite, marble, or slate. Because of its truly remarkable and natural heat retention characteristics, soapstone is widely used for masonry heater fireplaces, wood stoves, fireplace liners and pizza ovens.
With a high polish, an onyx slab is used to make a statement. This stone typically has many veins throughout a piece. It’s an easily-identifiable stone due to its bands of alternating colors from the intergrowths of the quartz and morganite. It forms in a wide variety of colors: red, yellow, brown, green and the most famous, black. It is predominantly used as a statement piece, light accent, or as a backsplash in bathrooms and kitchens.
Travertine is a sedimentary rock that is formed in hot springs and is sometimes referred to as travertine marble or travertine limestone. This stone comes from a porous calcareous rock. The color range is limited to grays, yellows, reds, and dark brown. It is commonly used for interior applications, but in warmer climates, it can be used to complete outdoor patios or garden walkways. The most popular finish for travertine is a honed finish, which is a matte finish.
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