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Stone Styles (2) Different Styles

Updated:2007-11-14 14:44:33


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For durability, you can take granite for granted. Of all natural stone, granite is one of the hardest and densest, second only to diamond.

Made up mostly of quartz and feldspar, it resists staining and scratching better than any other natural stone, making it an ideal choice for your kitchen floor.

In fact, granite is durable and wearable enough for almost any application you can think of.

It's also beautiful in foyers, bathrooms, libraries, or as an accent with other natural stones. Mother Nature produces granite in a variety of rich colors such as "Black Galaxy", which is a luxurious black stone with small white or gold crystals.

"Tropical Brown" is another very popular choice made up of tan, gold, brown and black flecks, while "Gallo Veneziano" is comprised of more vibrant golds, browns and blacks.


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Everyone marvels at the elegance of marble. Marble has a legendary elegance. It was used throughout the ancient world because it was soft enough to be worked with tools but hard enough to last through the ages.

Once considered the domain of the rich and famous, marble can be used in many flooring applications throughout your home.

Just what is marble you may ask? It's a crystallized limestone that is not as hard as granite.

Marble comes in many different color variations and usually displays a prominent veining pattern with luxurious swirls and patches of contrasting color that make marble famous. Can you imagine it in your home?

Some popular marbles today are Crema Marfil, a light tan color with rich, creamy veins, and Dark Emperador, a popular dark brown marble which has dramatic veins of white.

Carrera marbles, also very popular, come in varying shades of white.


limestone floors

Consider limestone and impress friends with your rock solid knowledge. Limestone has a more subtle look and is actually a "young" marble.

It is created by the accumulation of organic materials such as shells and coral that gives it a unique, natural look. You can impress friends at your first home party with that fact.

This more porous stone comes in a diverse range of neutral colors from ivory to golden brown.

This range of colors makes limestone a versatile design option for flooring.


travertine floors

Look mom, cavities! A member of the limestone family, Travertine shares some similar characteristics such as being soft and porous.

Travertine is formed with many small cavities and holes that can be filled in with cement or resin, or left unfilled for a textured surface.

The surface is then polished to a rough or highly polished finish.

The filled-in areas remain dull which creates an interesting contrast.

Like limestone, travertine can be used in flooring in numerous rooms in your home.


slate flooring

Want flexibility? Slate is great. Slate is a highly versatile stone that gives a natural, rustic appearance to any room.

Slate can be used for interiors as well as exteriors, making it the perfect product to bring the outdoors inside your home.

All slate has a natural "clefting" along the surface that gives this stone its unique textural, layered look.

This stone is made up of clay and shale, which is very dense.

Slate is water resistant, which also makes it ideal for exterior applications, such as patios and pool surrounds.

Slate colors range from rich reds, oranges and golds to mauve, lavender, green, blue, black, rust and brown.

If your style is about texture, no other natural stone has the dramatic texture and color of slate.

source: World Floor Covering Association
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