natural stone

Whether you're designing your own kitchen, or a luxurious business centre, you'll definitely think about adding to it natural stone elements. These can be a granite worktop, onyx reception desk, travertine floor, marble wall cladding, and more. The choice of stone colours and patterns is immense, there's a stone to match every space. Comparing the properties of different natural stones will help you decide which one suits your project best.


marble

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granite

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onyx

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travertine

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basalt

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sandstone

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quartzite

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precious

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What you should know about natural stone

 

Both natural stone and engineered stone surfaces look fantastic when installed in any interior. However, before choosing the right material for your project, there are some important things to consider. Mainly, where the object will be placed, how much its surface will come into contact with liquids, and how much time you will want to dedicate to its care and maintenance.

 

Whether it is granite, marble, or any other natural stone, it will have pores. Therefore, practical care and maintenance measures are necessary. The porosity of natural stone means that it can be susceptible to staining caused by liquids and other substances penetrating into the pores and discoloring the surface.

 

To protect natural stone from staining, countertop fabricators recommend using a sealer. It should be applied regularly, generally every 12-24 months, depending on stone type. Each stone type has different porosity, and therefore requires different care. Artificial stone materials have very low porosity or none at all, therefore they require less care.

 

The sealers mostly used for natural stone surfaces are solvent based. They are called liquid sealers, and are designed to penetrate the stone, fill the pores, and lock themselves inside them. Such surfaces becomes impenetrable for water and oil particles. Some stone sealers are also colour enhancers. This means that in addition to protecting stone countertops from liquids, they also make the appearance of the stone patterns more vivid.

 

To get the best results from using the sealer, it is recommended to use a pH neutral cleaner after the surface has been treated. Acidic cleaners break down the sealer that is meant to help the stone resist staining caused by water and oil based substances. Acidic cleaners can stain marble, limestone, sandstone, travertine surfaces and make them etch. This is much less likely to happen with engineered stone.

 

One more thing: polished natural stone surfaces are especially susceptible to getting their appearance marred by tiny scratches. When scratching happens continuously, the former glossy finish will start to look dull. Some engineered stone types are more resistant to scratching.


natural stone fabricators

Stone fabricator in Lithuania


NATURAL STONE characteristics

  HEAT RESISTANT WILL ETCH WILL SCRATCH WILL STAIN CAN BACKLIGHT HARDNESS MOHS
 GRANITE  X         7
QUARTZITE X       X 7-7,5
MARBLE   X X X   3-4
ONYX   X X X X 6-7
TRAVERTINE   X X X   4-5
SANDSTONE   X X X   5,5-7
BASALT           7
PRECIOUS   X X X X 3-5

Akrilinio akmens apdirbėjai Gforma
Akrilinio akmens gamintojai corian
Kvarcinio akmens gamintojas Radianz
Akmens apdirbėjai Lietuvoje
Akrilinio akmens gamintojas Staron


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