Natural stone comes in several different types–some more resistant to scorching, some more resistant to staining, some more dense and requires less maintenance, and yet others that are more resistant to scratching. No two pieces are exactly alike.
Natural stone will not only add beauty to your home or business, it will add value as well. Nothing says quality and sells like stunning well-fabricated stone. Counter tops of stone that get periodic maintenance can last a lifetime and look just as good as the day they were installed. Whether polished, honed or leathered, we can provide a stone countertop that is perfect for your home of business. Below are several different types:
Southwest Missouri is the home of Fleuri and Napoleon Limestone. Limestone is very porous and requires frequent sealing and is susceptible to staining. It is not possible to bring the finish to a high gloss, so limestone will always have a matte finish that will vary somewhat depending on the sealer that is used.
This stone Is very dense and will polish to a very high shine. It is also often available in honed or leathered finishes. Granite is very acid resistant and only requires sealing every 1 to 3 years.
Quartzite Is also very dense and resistant to scratches and acid. Sealing is only required every two to five years.
Marble can be polished or honed, requires higher maintenance and must be sealed every few months. Marble has a low resistance to acid and is susceptible to being scorched, but it is very beautiful.
Soapstone Is very dense and acid-resistant. It is so dense that it doesn’t require sealing and is great for food preparation areas because bacteria cannot get into the pores of the stone. The downside is that this stone is very soft and scratches easily; however, scratches can be buffed out with an abrasive pad. Soapstone can be treated with mineral oil to darken the stone.
Slate Is extremely dense stone that doesn’t require sealing. Like soapstone it can be treated with mineral oil to darken the stone. It is highly acid resistant, but susceptible to scratching which can be removed with an abrasive pad.
Note: If you need more than one slab of stone and especially if you have a lot of veining in the stone you have chosen, you should choose your stone in person and buy the slabs together as a group. Stone is usually 3 cm thick (1 ¼”), but occasionally a stone will be available in 2 cm (3/4”).