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What Are The Different Types of Natural Stone?

Natural stone is a popular choice for flooring and countertops in homes and businesses. These materials can last a lifetime whenever they are properly cared for. Our team specializes in natural stone cleaning, polishing, honing, sealing, and restorative services to keep your surfaces looking great for as long as possible.  


Why is natural stone a popular choice for flooring?

According to Use Natural Stone’s website:

Since natural stone floors tend to be in high traffic areas, it’s important to educate yourself on which types of stones are best for these types of installations.


Natural stone can be textured, which is better for high traffic areas because it helps with slip resistance, according to Van Etten. She agrees with Carnevale that granite is a good choice for high traffic areas due to its durability, but also says that certain varieties of marble can be a viable option.


What are the different types of natural stone?

Granite: Granite is a hard, igneous rock that is found in various forms throughout the earth.  Its durability and variety of colors make it the perfect material for many applications including kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, floors and walls. We have over 100 colors to choose from.


Marble: Marble is a crystallized stone formed from intense heat and pressure.  Its sweeping lines, beautiful colors and high polish convey a look of elegance and prosperity like no other material.  Available in many colors from around the world, Stone Surfaces specializes in fine Greek marbles.


Limestone: Limestone is a sedimentary stone composed primarily of calcium deposits.  It has been used indoors and outdoors throughout the history of mankind to create some of the world’s most famous architecture.


Slate: Slate is a dense, metamorphic rock produced by the compression of various sediments such as clay and shale.  Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, it is available in a smooth or cleft finish.


Soapstone: Soapstone is a dark grey or green variety of talc.  Softer to the touch than other stones, it gives the feeling of rubbing a piece of dry soap.  A popular choice when trying to achieve an old-fashioned or rustic look.


Onyx: Onyx is a fine-grained form of quartz with bands of different colors.  It is translucent, creating a spectacular effect when backlit.  Available in a variety of colors. 


Quartzite: This is an amazing material. It is naturally strong, resists heat and is hard to stain. Quartzite is formed from sandstone and quartz together under a great deal of heat and pressure. The empty grains of sandstone are filled with quartz. This process makes quartzite harder than quartz. View colors available at Stone Surfaces.


Travertine: Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs. It often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate in a limestone cave. In the latter, it can form stalactites, stalagmites, and other speleothems. It is frequently used in Italy and elsewhere as a building material.


At Modern Stone Care, our natural stone technicians are dedicated to providing affordable and accessible natural stone cleaning, refinishing, and restoration services in Houston. We work with a wide range of natural stone materials including slate, marble, travertine, granite, limestone, and more, leaving you with a clean surface without negatively impacting these fragile materials. Natural stone can last a lifetime whenever it is properly cared for, that is why it has been a popular material for centuries, since the beginning of construction. However, when natural stone is not handled properly, you can easily damage it. Make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your investment and keep your natural stone surfaces looking great for a lifetime when you work with Modern Stone Care in Houston. 


Natural Stone Services in Houston TX

At Modern Stone Care, our team of highly knowledgeable technicians specialize in the restoration, cleaning, polishing, and sealing of all-natural stone surfaces. This includes flooring, countertops, outdoor pool coping, and more. We work hard to ensure your natural stone maintains its beautiful and vibrant appearance for as long as possible. When it comes to the care of your delicate natural stone surfaces, leave it to the professionals at Modern Stone Care. We proudly serve The Greater Houston Area, including but not limited to Atascocita, Bellaire,Clear Lake, Cypress,Friendswood, Houston Heights, Houston, Humble, Katy, Kemah, League City, Kingwood, Memorial, Missouri City,Montgomery County, Spring, Spring Branch,Stafford, Sugar Land,Tomball and The Woodlands.



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