Here are some of the questions we are frequently asked. If you can‘t find the answer you’re looking for, feel free to call us or stop by our Tumwater showroom.

What is the difference between granite and quartzstone?

In short, granite is 100% natural stone while quartz is engineered. As the magma within the earth cools, it forms into granite.  The granite is then mined and cut into slabs for installation into your home. Quartzstone is formed using a mixture of stone chips, resins, and pigments.  The mixture is heated to form the final product for use in your home.

What’s the differences between marble, soapstone, limestone, and other natural stone products?

The key difference between different natural stone types is how they were formed.

Marble – is a metamorphic stone, the result of other rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite, undergoing profound physical and chemical change due to heat and pressure within the Earth.

Limestone – is a sedimentary rock composed mainly of skeletal fragments of marine organisms and crystals from (sand) from other types of rock.

Travertine – is also a sedimentary rock, a type of  limestone formed by geothermally-heated, supersaturated alkaline water like mineral springs or hot springs.

Onyx –  is formed in caves as stalactites and stalagmites drip to form this precious stone.

Soapstone – is a metamorphic rock, also known as a talc-schist. It is composed primarily from the clay mineral talc.

Basalt – is an igneous rock, formed from cooled volcanic lava.

For more information about individual materials and their best application, please visit the Natural Stone page.

Is it necessary to seal stone?

If its natural stone, then there is a chance it might need sealing. Each type of stone is different, so please ask us about the sealing and maintenance process. A really great resource for this is the Marble Institute of America.

What is the best way to clean granite and other natural stone?

Check out the Care and Maintenance page for more information.

Are natural stone countertops expensive?

The price of natural stone can vary greatly. However, homeowners should consider their bathroom or kitchen remodel as an investment. You will get longer life out of quality products, and the re-sale value of your home can increase significantly.

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