Marble has long been valued for its beauty, unique veining, strength and
resistance to fire and erosion. Marble is formed from Limestone by extreme heat
and pressure which forces the Limestone to change in texture and makeup. Marble
tiles are available in several surface finishes including: polished,
semi-polished, honed or tumbled.
Granite tiles are extremely hard and scratch resistant. A crystalline, platonic
rock formed by slowly cooling magma of various colors. Granite contains 3 main
minerals, Quartz, Alkali Feldspar and Plagioclase Feldspar. Granite tiles are
most often used in a polished surface finish.
Limestone is formed over many years at the bottoms of oceans and lakes from the
accumulation of shells, bones, and other calcium rich goods. Limestone is a
softer, more open, poured stone which is normally used in natural unpolished
look, without any gloss like marble.
Travertine is limestone that has deposits of calcium crystals in layers on the
surface. This product is porous with many visible holes. Travertine can be
filled or left unfilled for a more rustic appearance.
Slate consists of grains of Mica and Quartz. Slate results when the earth’s
crust squeezes these minerals into parallel layers. This stone is split into
thin sheets rather easily. Slate tiles typically have an irregular surface, as
opposed to the smooth finish of many other stones.
Onyx is an agate-like stone often translucent with a layered appearance. It is
formed in cold mineral springs by calcite precipitation. Onyx tiles
traditionally have a polished surface to enhance the translucency.