Marble is a hard metamorphosed and crystalline rock composed of calcite and or dolomite. Marbles come in different colours depending on the impurities present in the original limestone. Our company has marbles of various colours either solid or in veins. In the stone industry, marble is usually called any non grainy stone capable of taking a high gloss polish. Marble can be used in interior and exterior flooring, walls, stairways, copings, coverings, vanity tops and decorative features. For marble kitchen counter tops certain conditions should be taken under consideration regarding their use.
Under this heading we include granite, an igneous coarse grained rock consisting of quartz, k-feldspar and a dark or more minerals such as biotite and sometimes hornblende. Other varieties under this broad title include diorite, gabbro, larvikite and metamorphic rocks such as gneiss of different colours. Granite and granitoids can be used in interior and exterior high traffic flooring, wall, stairways, copings, coverings and decorative features. Due to their composition they are highly recommended for kitchen countertops and exterior bbq areas.
Engineered stone is a composite material comprising of crushed stone, most commonly marble or quartz, pigment bound together by an adhesive or binder (cement mix or polymer resin). The fields of application of these products depend on the original stone and binder used. For the marble based polymer resin product its uses are as per natural marbles’ but only for interiors. The marble based cement product (or terrazzo) is suitable both for indoor and outdoor use. The quartz based product (or technogranite) is used primarily for kitchen tops, work surfaces and vanity tops.
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Santa Margherita – santamargherita.net
Limestone and Sandstone
Limestone is a hard sedimentary rock composed primarily of calcite and or dolomite. Most limestone was formed from the accumulation of marine organisms. In the stone industry limestone is called any non granular stone that can be polished up to honed finish. It can be used in the place of marble.
Sandstone is a clastic sedimentary rock composed mainly of sand sized mineral or rock grains. It can be used as a building stone, wall cladding. indoor and outdoor flooring.
Pachna stone, a calcarenite, is a bedded sedimentary rock consisting of sand-size fragments of shell and other microfossil tests of calcium carbonate cemented although porous by secondary calcite. Quarried in the Pachna area, Limassol, it is available in a variety of finishes, shapes and sizes, from tiles, to slabs and blocks. It can be used as a building stone, wall cladding, flooring, crazy paving, copings and all kinds of decorative features.
Travertine is a variety of hard limestone formed by chemical precipitations from carbonate rich hot springs with distinctive porous veins that give it a unique appearance. Travertine is available either filled or unfilled depending from its intended use and/or desired aesthetics. Travertine can be used for flooring, walls, stairways, coverings, copings, vanity tops and other decorative features.
The stone type referred to as Onyx in the dimension industry should have more appropriately called Alabaster. The stone is formed by chemical precipitation of calcite not unlike stalactites and stalagmites or is formed much like Travertine. Onyx, being not as hard as marble, is used primarily for special counters, tabletops and wall claddings, often back lighted due to its translucency so as to highlight its colours and veins.
Porcelain tiles are produced from various minerals clay and feldspar, mixed with chemical binder, compacted under pressure and fired at high temperatures. They have very low water absorption (<0,5%). It is an alternative solution for flooring and other uses as well. They can be used both indoor and outdoor. Visit Suppliers for more info
Serenissima – serenissima.re.it
Cercom – cercomceramiche.it
Cir – cir.it
Prissmacer – prissmacer.es (site coming soon)
Cotto d’Este – cottodeste.it
Inalco – inalco.es