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Other Types of Natural Stone

Marble

Ideal for foyers, bathrooms, floors and hearths.

Marble is formed from limestone by heat and pressure in the earth’s crust. Marble is a metamorphic rock. The term metamorphic means, “changed form”. This process took well over 540 million years. Marble is mostly made up of calcite – a mineral form of calcium carbonate. The purest calcite marble is white.

Found in the mountain regions of Canada, Italy, Germany, Spain, United States and other countries worldwide, Marble adds a sophisticated look to vanity tops, floors, foyers, fireplace facings and hearths, tub decks, shower walls and windowsills.

Marble should be cared for as you would a fine wood finish. Use coasters on table tops and clean up spills immediately to preserve marble’s natural beauty. Marble is not recommended for food surface applications since it is much softer than granite and scratches more easily. Green and black marbles should not be installed in water areas.

Travertine, Limestone, Sandstone, Slate & Soapstone

Beautiful enhancements for your home, inside and out.

Travertine, limestone, sandstone, slate and soapstone are other examples of natural stone frequently used in residential applications. This family of natural stones are less dense than granite and therefore, can be more susceptible to etching and staining.

Travertine is a type of limestone that has formed over a long period of time. This product is porous with many visible holes which can be filled with a color epoxy, grout or resins upon request. Travertine is one of the most popular natural stones for interior and exterior wall cladding, interior and exterior paving, statuary and curbing.

Limestone is made primarily of calcite which is a mineral form of calcium carbonate. It is also thought of as a “young” marble. Limestone was formed over many years (320 million) at the bottom of oceans and lakes – a sedimentary stone. Limestone has an accumulation of shells, bones and other calcium rich ingredients. It is widely used as a building stone because it is readily available and easy to handle. Popular applications include vanity tops, flooring, interior and exterior wall cladding and exterior paving.

Sandstone is frequently used for fireplace facings, chimneys, garden walls and patio flooring.

Slate is a metamorphic rock. Most slate is formed below the earth’s surface by changes in the makeup and appearance of shale, a sedimentary rock. Shale consists of clay and fine particles of quartz. Heat formed deep in the earth changes some of the clay in shale into mica and chlorite. Slate results when pressure created by mountain-forming movements in the earth’s crust squeezes the mica and other minerals into parallel layers.

Primarily used as a flooring material, sandstone and slate are also popular in exterior paving stones or pavers. Other slate applications include kitchen countertops in tile form, fireplace facings, table tops and flooring.

Soapstone has a smooth surface that feels like a bar of dry soap- thus, it is call soapstone. Like all other natural stones, soapstone will have variations and veining. It comes in a light gray, dark gray, black and deep green. If mineral oil is applied, the color will turn even darker. Traditionally, soapstone has been used over the years for tools, dishes, cookware, sinks, shower surrounds and bases. Because of its heat retaining capabilities, it is often used for pizza ovens, fireplaces and stoves. It will retain and radiate the heat for hours after the fire is out.

If you're looking for alternative to concrete countertops, soapstone is a good choice with its unpolished look. It is nonporous, so stains and scratches can be scrubbed off but there is a risk if not done by a professional. The surface finish is resistant to water and acid, and it's not damaged by heat. Scratches can appear over time, but they can be sanded out. A coat of mineral oil will renew the surface and enhance the stone's gray color. The surface may also be left natural and it will darken over time to a charcoal gray color. Clean soapstone with kitchen detergent and warm water. If this product in not treated regularly with mineral oil, it tends to stain easily.

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Artistic Tile & Granite is a family owned and operated company in Meridian, Idaho. We offer a wide variety of natural stone, tile and sinks. Our highly skilled team will supply, fabricate and install all types of non-laminated and laminated natural materials. Additionally, we specialize in unique natural stone décor such as granite columns, custom granite sink bowls and wall décor upon request.