What is Marble?
Marble is a metamorphic rock (a type of rock which has been changed by extreme heat and pressure) that is developed from limestone. Most of the material is calcite (a crystalline form of calcium carbonate, CaCO3) and dolomite. It is often used for sculptures, as a building material, and for many other purposes.
What is Granite?
Granite is a kind of igneous rock, found on Earth but nowhere else in the Solar System. It is formed from hot, molten magma. Its colour ranges from pink to grey, according to the proportions of its minerals. Granite has many different types of minerals in it. These include quartz, feldspar, hornblende, and sometimes mica. As the magma cools, these minerals form crystals. The crystals can be seen easily when the granite is cut and polished.
Below just some examples of colours and patterns of granite:
What is Silestone?
Silestone is a compound made up of 94% natural quartz, which make it extraordinarily hard and resilient. It is an excellent surface for kitchen countertops, bathrooms, floors and wall cladding using the minimum number of joints. Silestone is Natural Quartz with a wide range of colours, extraordinary textures and outstanding properties. It has a non-porous surface and is highly resistant to stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, makeup and many other everyday products.
Below just some examples of colours and patterns of quartz:
Different types of surface finishes
Marble and granite are natural stones which are dug out of a marble or granite mine in big blocks. These blocks are cut into slices called “slabs”. Depending on the purpose of usage they are cut in thicker or thinner slabs and the surface is treated with different techniques. The most common finish is the polished top which is used for worktops or floors indoors, most of the times finished with a seal to make it more resistant against stains. Less common is the brushed finish which brings a relief into the surface. A brushed, polished and then sealed surface is marvelous for cladding. The unfinished pure or raw surface is especially good for outside terraces or sidewalks because it is not slippery.
You will be amazed by the different looks of the different finishes of our natural stones!