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We have created
this instructional information to assist you with your stone installation
project. Natural stone can be easily installed if you follow the correct
procedure. We have developed a DIY guide to assist you in your installation. Some projects can
be very challenging and it may be necessary for you to consult or hire a
To preserve and maintain the beauty of
your newly installed natural stone it is important to use the proper
- To help you select the stone thatís right
for your application here is some general information on granite, marble and slate:
- This hard and dense stone is ideal for
both indoor and outdoor purposes, which means you could have the same flooring material inside
and outside. It doesnít scratch or stain as easily as marble. Granite stands up well to
heavy traffic. Granite is an excellent choice for kitchen countertops. Granite
can be honed or flamed finishes for an increased traction surface. A
broad range of elegant patterns and colors makes granite the most versatile,
durable and most maintenance-free of all stones.
- The rich palette of colors makes marble
perfect for interior floor, walls and counters. Variation in color and veining is part of the
beauty of marble. Marble is relatively soft compared with granite. Marble is also very sensitive
to acidic chemicals such as vinegar, lemon, wine, tomato sauce, coffee,
fruit juice. Like other stones, marble should be sealed with a penetrating
sealer to prevent from stains. Polished marble is not recommended for
high-traffic areas. Marble can be honed or tumbled finishes. Marble is not
recommended for kitchen countertops.
- The handsome and rugged look of slate tile is a perfect addition for the
floor. Slate comes in a limited range of colors, including gray, blue, green,
yellow, purple, and black. Slate can be recognized by its sheet-like
structure. Slate rarely is highly reflective and its surface is usually uneven.
Slate should be sealed for extra protection.