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Family run business with over 20 years experience
Offering beautiful high quality marble and granite kitchen and bathrooms.

Stone Explained

Granite, Quartz and marble are beautiful options for kitchen and bathroom surfacing, as well as splash backs, showers, fireplaces and even flooring or stairs. The timelessness of natural materials will ensure that your home interior will maintain its appeal for years to come. All stone, even granite, is porous to some degree, which leaves it vulnerable to stains. For this reason it is important to use a penetrating sealer to prevent stains from oil, wine, or other liquids from soaking into the surface. Visit our care products page for more instructions on care and maintenance.

Both marble and granite are types of stone quarried from the earth. However, granite and marble are made up of different materials and therefore have different qualities. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures, and is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals. The marble family – limestone, travertine, marble and onyx – starts out as sediment made up of animal skeletons and shells, plant matter and silt found under water. Eventually this matter is compressed and solidifies into stone. Calcium, which forms their base, is sensitive to acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages.

Quartz is an engineered stone product used in residential and commercial applications. Quartz slabs are made by mixing and compressing natural quartz derived from granite and epoxy resins to create a hard wearing and stain-resilient surface. Quartz slabs are molded and milled to standard sizes and thickness but can easily be manufactured to custom specifications. They come in a wide variety of colors and require less maintenance than most granites and marbles.

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