Granite Stone Unlimited

Stone Selection

November 29th, 2012

 

Choosing a Stone: Granite Stone Unlimited, Inc.

Your Source in Twin Cities MN for Granite Counters, Marble Vanities & More

 

All natural stones can be classified into two different composition categories; siliceous or calcareous. Knowing the difference between these stones will help you select the stone type that is best for you and will let you know how to best care for and clean your countertop or surface once installed.

Siliceous Stone

Siliceous stone is a stone that is primarily composed of silica and/or quartz-like particles. It is typically harder than calcareous stone, making it more durable. It is also easier to clean.

Stones Included in This Category Are:

  • Slate
  • Quartzite
  • Sandstone
  • Granite
  • Calcareous Stone

Calcareous stone is a stone that is primarily  composed of calcium carbonate. This stone is softer than siliceous stones and as such, can be damaged by cleaning products. Therefore, specialized stone cleaning products must be used, or you risk scratching, etching, discoloring or otherwise damaging the stone.

Stones Included in This Category Are:

  • Limestone
  • Travertine
  • Marble
  • Onyx

Want To Tell The Difference:

If you are unsure whether stone is siliceous or calcareous, there is a simple way to tell. Apply a quarter-sized drop of an acidic cleaner or acid testing kit to a hidden portion of the stone. If the solution begins to bubble or fizz, the stone if calcareous. If there is no reaction or only a few bubbles, the stone is siliceous. Once the test is completely, rinse away the acid with a water-dampened cloth to prevent discoloration or damage.

 

Types of Natural Stone Finishes:

Once you have selected the stone you want, you will have to determine what type of finish to use on the product. Here are a list of different finish that Granite Stone Unlimited, Inc. Offers:

  • Polished Finish: A polished finish adds a thin, glossy layer to the top of your natural stone. This helps display the natural color of the stone and allow the light to shine off of it. This is commonly used for stone walls, furniture tops and bathroom countertops.
  • Honed Finish: A honed finish is similar to a polished finish. However, it has a bit more of a satin finish and is less reflective. This is generally used on pieces that are used often, as a polished finish wears quickly. Countertops and tabletops are often finished with a honed finish.
  • Flamed Finish: A flamed finish adds a bit of texture to the stone’s surface. This is commonly added to stone tiles that are used as flooring, as these stones tend to be naturally slippery.

 

GRANITE STONE COLORS:

Granite Stone Unlimited, Inc. has a wide variety of granite colors, textures and styles to select from. Browse our gallery below.

QUARTZ STONE COLORS:

Granite Stone Unlimited, Inc. has a wide variety of quartz colors, textures and styles to select from. Browse our gallery below.

 

MARBLE STONE COLORS:

Granite Stone Unlimited, Inc. has a wide variety of marble colors, textures and styles to select from. Browse our gallery below.

EDGE PROFILES:

The edge profile determines how the edging along your countertop or surface will look. Granite Stone Unlimited, Inc. offers a variety of different edging profiles. Browse through our gallery below to find the style that most interests you.

INTERACTIVE KITCHEN:

Use our interactive kitchen tool to determine how different colors of granite countertops will look next to your cabinets and sink. This feature is brought to you by Granite Stone Unlimited, Inc.

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