What is Slate?
Slate is a metamorphic rock that is dense, strong, acid resistant and non-absorptive. It is impervious to freeze/thaw cycles and has been used in construction for thousands of years. It is the material of choice for professionals. It last several hundred years, often with very little to no maintenance at all. Its low water absorption makes it very resistant to frost damage and breakage due to freezing. Natural slate is also fire resistant and energy efficient. Slate can be worked with a natural cleft surface or machined finish by gauging, honing and polishing. Each piece is unique, with variations in color, texture and shade. Slate is versatile and appealing in most settings.
What is Travertine?
Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Travertine is not the same as Marble or Limestone which falls in the metamorphic rock category. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes/voids within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion.
What is Quartzite?
Quartzite is a hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally pure quartz sandstone. Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure. Pure quartzite is normally white to grey, though they often occur in various shades due to varying amounts of iron oxide. Other colors, like yellow, green, blue and orange, are due to other mineral impurities. Because of its hardness and durability, quartzite is often used decorative stone and may be used to cover walls, as roofing tiles, as flooring, coping, and stair steps.
Why Choose Real Natural Stone vs. Artificial Stone?
Artificial Stone Veneer has a tendency to wear and fade over time. When comparing natural stone to artificial stone there are certain factors to consider.
- Color. Color is maintained throughout the life of natural stone. Artifical stone however is prone to fading overtime.
- Availability. Natural Stone is abundant whereas artificial stone is limited to cement and geographic availability.
- Durability. Natural Stone has been proven over centuries. Artificial stone has a relatively short history, warranties are often needed to promote.
- Color Availability. Natural Stone as described in the name is “Natural” (Natural tones and hues), without any unnatural reproductions. Artificial stone has unpredictable consistencies and predictable manufactured colors and shades
- Composition. Natural stone is 100% natural whereas artificial stone is composed of cement, oxide colors, aggregate and other chemicals.
What type of sealer should I use?