Natural Stone is manufactured by nature but manipulated into popular shapes and sizes by man. There are a few types available that can add a beautiful touch to your landscape.
Travertine is the most widely used natural stone – forming around hot springs and in wet caves. It has a very coarse texture with many holes created by air bubbles and living organisms trapped in the rock. It can be several different colors depending which minerals have penetrated it, including white, yellow, beige, or red. Travertine can be found all over the world but the most popular source is Tivoli, Italy. The Romans first used it as a building material for temples, monuments and amphitheaters. It is available in multiple dimensions, shapes and finishes. It is very easy to maintain and the rich tones enhance its natural beauty.
Flagstone is most often used in building and landscaping. Because it is split into thin layers, it can be used in many applications. It can be quarried in many places, including Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas and even the Western Coast of Ireland. The color most commonly found is red, pink, peach, chocolate and beige. It is ideally used in a range of projects because it comes in a variety of colors, it’s widely available, is durable and has a natural non-slip surface. It’s often used in paving, bench seats, roofing and fences.
Quartzite is a hard, non-layered rock which originated as sandstone but converted through heating and pressure. It is extremely dense and resists chemical weathering. It can be polished to a high-gloss finish yet is non-slippery and can be used in commercial application. Quartzite can be found all over the world and can vary in color from the common white/gray to pink, red, yellow, green, blue and orange.
Limestone is an organic rock formed from the accumulation of shell, coral, and algae. It is mostly formed in shallow, warm water. Shell and skeletal debris accumulates and it changes into limestone. Because of impurities such as clay, sand, organic remains and other materials, Limestone can exhibit different colors – especially on weathered surfaces. It can be found all over the world and can be used in glass making, chalk and even toothpaste!
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