While there are thousands of natural stone species in the world, these are the stone types we deal with the most. Visit their individual pages to learn more about each type!
Finishes: rustic tumbled or chiseled edges, matte/honed, or polished
Colors: ivory, brown, gold, red, blue, and gray
Aesthetic: travertine evokes the timeless Mediterranean flavor of a rustic Tuscan countryside or a Roman spa, but works equally well with Mexican design influences. Warm, with rich texture and a weathered quality.
Finishes: honed with clean, straight edges. Occasionally polished or brushed
Colors: creamy white, gray, taupe, brown, gold, green. Warm neutrals
Aesthetic: sophisticated, rich, serene. Limestone is travertine's denser, less rustic cousin with a smoother surface and less filler, fewer pits and pores. Look for tiny fossils. Elevates both traditional and contemporary design.
Finishes: almost always polished, occasionally honed or brushed
Colors: white, pink, red, rust, yellow, green, blue, brown, black, and beyond
Aesthetic: elegant, luxurious, classic. Timeless white marble bathrooms. Exotic marble backsplashes with dramatic veining and colors. Stunning, backlit onyx countertops that glow and amaze. Unmatched luminosity.
Finishes: almost always polished, occasionally matte or flamed
Colors: always a speckled blend, except for the solid Absolute Black granite. White, gold, red, blue, green, black, brown. Large mineral chunks or tiny salt & pepper flecks. Dramatic veins or even speckled texture. Mineral blends that include sparkling mica, garnet flecks, and/or iron deposits.
Finishes: slates are mostly natural, flaky layers. Quartzite can be left rough like sandstone or honed to show off a metallic quality.
Colors: white, gold, rust, brown, green, blue, purple, silver, copper, black
Aesthetic: earthy, rustic. Ideal way to bring the outdoors in.
Natural stone is a product of nature and no two pieces look exactly alike. The sample you received five months ago may not represent the current batch. Even two pieces of a stone from the same quarry that are cut from the same block and packaged in the same box can look completely different!
If you want more control over the look and consistency of your product, consider using a stone-looking porcelain instead. Tile technology has advanced to the point that many man-made tiles are indistinguishable from real natural stone.
If a stone is porous and installed in any area where it could be exposed to spills or moisture, it needs to be sealed.
Exception: some stones, such as soapstone, do not need to be sealed. Granite, marble, travertine, slate, and most other stones sold in our store are porous and do require sealing.
Exception: If you're installing natural stone on the face of an indoor fireplace or some other dry, no-traffic area, then sealing is purely optional. Sealing won't hurt the stone at all, but it will provide an extra layer of protection just in case someone spills something on the surface.
Sealing stone is as easy as applying lotion to your hands. Simply wipe on so it has a chance to absorb, and then wipe off any excess.
A quality penetrating sealer can last up to 20 years, whereas a topical sealer might only last 3-5 years.
To learn more about selecting and applying a sealer, visit our Sealer Page.
It varies depending on stone type. Visit our Cleaning & Maintaining Stone page.
Appointments recommended for best possible service!
Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm
1531 Central Ave S
Kent, WA 98032
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