Our prestigious line of stone products is available in a variety of textures and sizes that are compatible with our Thin Tech System.
Honed: Very smooth satin finish- not shiny. Does not reflect light like polished marble. Requires less care and doesn’t show as much scratching. Less slippery.
Polished: Smooth, glossy, high degree of shine; smoothest finish on stone; harder and more dense stones; fullest color; used in hotel lobbies, entrances to banks and casinos; requires more up keep; not recommended for pedestrian walkways with high traffic.
Machine used to apply high pressure blast of sand to stone; concrete type texture that is highly slip-resistant.
Process of rounding and chipping of the edges of stone once it’s been cut down to desired size; done in container to get friction of stone.
Chiseled Edge/Cobbled Stone
Cobbled: Chiseled edge with brush finish; edges are hand or machine chipped; stone is brushed with coarse wire brush.
Chiseled: Edges are hand or machine chipped; similar to tumbled but edges are not as rounded.
Mechanical process that dimple the surface of stone to make it non-slip; one step rougher than sandblasting.
Roughest surface finish; larger and deeper chips on surface.
Applying very high temperatures to the surface of the stone using a blow torch; creates dimples but takes chips and scales off the surface, due to high heat. Very durable and non-slip.
Brushing of stone with coarse wire brush; enhances color and character which makes the rough spots smoother. This can also put a slightly shiny finish to the stone.
Thicknesses: 1/4", 1/2", 5/8” and 3/4"
Heights: 2-1/4” to 36” or custom
Lengths: All available
Know Your Stone
Granite is an igneous rock made up of three types of minerals: Mica, Feldspar, and Quartz. Mica is a mineral made up of sheets of crystal. Feldspar is a group of minerals that create rock. Quartz is a mineral of many varieties, several of those being semi-precious gemstones. Granite is the hardest stone on Earth and its level of strength and hardness makes it virtually indestructible. Its average absorption rate ranges from 0.17% to 3%. The average PSI of granite ranges from 23,000 to 42,000. Granite is considered a mainstream product being specified for many different projects. From countertops to high rise buildings, granite has been used in more applications than any other natural stone product in the world.
Marble is a metamorphic rock that has changed from metamorphosed limestone. This happens when limestone experiences extreme heat and pressure, causing the rock to change properties. Marble contains many mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, and iron oxides. These can be found in the swirls of color in the marble. The average PSI of marble ranges from 1,000 to 22,000. The average absorption rate of marble ranges from .06% to 3%. Marble is used for many types of construction including wall and floor claddings in both residential and commercial buildings.
Limestone is a sedimentary stone formed by the deposition of material at the Earth’s surface and within bodies of water. There are many layers that comprise limestone including fossils, shellfish, and other sentiment found at the bottom of water bodies. Limestone is one of the hardest sedimentary stones on Earth. The absorption rate of Limestone rangers from 0.2% to 7%. The PSI strength of Limestone ranges from 2,000 to 30,000. Limestone is used both commercially and residentially. Some examples include wall and floor claddings for interior and exterior use.
Porcelain is a ceramic material created by the heating of other materials such as clay. This is generally done using a kiln. The primary material in porcelain is clay, but other minerals include feldspar, quartz, and bone ash. Porcelain contains a low permeability and elasticity rate, even before it is glazed. It also contains considerable strength, hardness, toughness and resonance. The average absorption rate of porcelain ranges from <0.5% to 3%. The PSI rate of porcelain ranges from 1,500 to 25,000. Porcelain is used both commercially and residentially. Some examples include exterior wall and floor claddings. Porcelain is still used today for many applications in the home.
Quartz is the second most abundant mineral found in the Earth’s crust, behind feldspar. Pure quartz is both colorless and transparent and is a prominent mineral in sandstone and shale. It is also an essential constituent in granite and other igneous rocks. One benefit of quartz is its resistance to weathering. Quartz is a prominent mineral in many types of stone.The earliest usage of quartz dates back to 400 A.D. in Ireland, where the Irish were using quartz to make tools, jewelry, engraved gems, and vases. Today, quartz can be combined with other cementitious products to create slabs of quartz for vertical and horizontal thin veneer.
Travertine is a metamorphic rock, morphed from limestone, containing lime deposited by water. Some important features of travertine is that it has a high coefficient of friction, it is freeze/thaw compatible, and it is twice as strong as concrete. Travertine has PSI strength of 7,000 pounds per square inch to 17,000 pounds per square inch. Its absorption rate ranges from .5% to 2.6%. Travertine is considered one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture. It can be used both commercially and residentially, vertically and horizontally.