Natural stone has become one of the most popular materials to use in homes, commercial spaces, and outdoors. Have you ever stopped to wonder the origin of these beautiful stones? Natural stone was actually created thousands of years ago when our planet was full of mineral gasses. These gasses hardened and solidified to form everything we see on the Earth today. Stone made its debut during this time.
The different types of stone come from various mineral reactions that happened over the course of millions of years. This also created the beautiful formations of natural stone seen around the world. Natural stone comes from many places globally and each stone is determined by its origin. Some can be found in quarries in Turkey, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and even America!
Marble is formed from limestone that has been altered by heat and pressure. This stone can be used on virtually anything and is usually seen in white, black, and grey hues, but can also be seen in red and orange. This type of stone is durable against weather and will last for decades. We suggest using it as a countertop or flooring option!
Quartzite comes from sandstone that has been affected by heat and compression. This stone is usually seen in white around the world, but it also comes in green, brown, and grey. This is one of the hardest natural stones, which makes it a great option for building, outdoor spaces, and countertops. If you are looking for a heavy duty stone, this is the one for you.
Granite is considered an igneous stone that has been affected by lava and altered by exposure of other minerals. The stone is common in countries with active volcanoes. Because of the many reactions this stone can come across, it comes in a wide array of color options for your clients. Some of these include white, red, black, brown, and blue. This type of natural stone is great for kitchens and bathrooms because it is naturally antibacterial.
Travertine is created when limestone has been flooded by water leaving mineral deposits that are unique to every slab. These minerals solidify during the process and gradually become more and more dense until they turn into travertine. This stone is an alternative to granite and marble, but it is a much lighter material that is easy to work with and still incredibly durable. Travertine is often used on floors, walls, and fireplaces.
Every type of natural stone has its own maintenance routine. Make sure you educate yourself and your clients on what chemicals to avoid and ways to keep the stone looking new for years to come.
What is your favorite kind of natural stone? Let us know, we would love to hear your thoughts!
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Natural stone can add a unique style to any building that it is used in. If you have clients looking to start a home renovation project this summer, Firenze has a wide selection of beautiful and durable natural stone! If you are in search of natural stone, contact us as Firenze International and we would love to help you and your clients find the natural stone countertops, backsplashes, and hardscaping of their dreams!