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Selecting Stone

Choosing the right material for your home or business is important in terms of appearance, functionality and maintenance. Moreover, since each natural stone is unique in its composition and properties, it is particularly important to view the actual slab to be used in your project.

Granite: An excellent choice for kitchen countertops and other heavily used surfaces
Sliide Show of Different Granite Samples. Granite is one of the most popular natural stones on the market.

Available in a striking array of colors, granite’s durability and longevity make it ideal for kitchen countertops and other heavily used surfaces, including table tops, bathroom vanity tops and shower walls.

While some synthetic surfaces scratch easily and melt under hot cookware, granite resists heat. Granite is also one of the most bacteria-resistant kitchen surfaces and it is not affected by citric acid, coffee, tea, alcohol, or wine. It is also nearly impossible to scratch and with proper cleaning, will not stain under normal use (ask ICM about sealants to further improve resistance to staining).

A leading consumer magazine recently compared granite with engineered stone, ceramic tile, laminate, butcher block, and other manufactured surfaces. Granite received the highest overall performance rating as a kitchen countertop material.
Marble: Beautiful for furniture tops, bathrooms, fireplace facing and hearths
Slideshow of Different Marble Samples. Because of its beauty and elegance, marble is also an occassional choice for countertops.  See also Marble Institute of America Soundness Classification.

Marble should be cared for as you would a fine wood finish. Using coasters on table tops and cleaning up spills immediately will help prolong marble’s natural beauty.
Travertine, Limestone & Slate: Beautiful enhancements for your home
Slideshow of Different Travertine, Limestone and/or Slate Samples. Travertine, limestone and slate are other examples of natural stone used in residential applications.

Travertine is a type of limestone and one of the most popular natural stones for interior and exterior wall cladding, interior and exterior paving, statuary and curbing.

Popular applications include countertops, flooring, interior and exterior wall cladding, and exterior paving.

Additional slate applications include kitchen countertops, fireplace facings and tabletops.

Travertine, limestone and slate should be cared for as you would a fine wood finish. Using coasters on table tops and cleaning up spills immediately will help prolong these stones natural beauty.