Stone Processing

To choose the right stone for you, it helps to have some working knowledge of its origins, how it was wrought from the earth, and its processing into the finished product. Typically, a general overview of your product curtails future problems with your project.

Stone Processing Today

Most architectural stone today is quarried from mountainsides or hillsides, open pit mines, or from "galleries" - great caverns within the heart of mountains. The methods used are typically the same for each quarrying condition. The object is to ascertain the best material (judged in purity and fracture) and to remove it in blocks large enough to yield slabs of a functional size for commercial use, or for cut-to-size tile lines. The demand for the latter differs from market to market, but the North American consumer requires predominantly square units in 12, 16, 18, or 24 inch material. Typically they are 20mm (3/4 inch) in thickness, and 4-7ft tall by 8-11ft in length.

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Care & Maintenance

Three mayor finish are in natural stones: polished, honed and leather.

Granite and natural quartzite you can use as a cutting board, it would not scratch.

Natural stone does not be damaged by heat, you can place any hot pans directly onto the surface.

For routine cleaning, use a damp cloth or paper towel and if necessary, a small amount of soap.