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Bluestone

Bluestone

Bluestone gets its name from it bluish-gray hue. Found generally in the form of flagstone, it is a dense, fine-grained sandstone, which, like other flagstones, is typically used outdoors as a paver for walks and patios.

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Coquina / Shell Stone

Coquina / Shell Stone

Coquina / Shell Stone is a limestone composed of fragments of shells and corals. This sedimentary rock, which is sometimes described as “coral stone,” is extremely porous, wears relatively well and is rarely polished.

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Flagstone

Flagstone

Flagstone is a term given to almost any stone material cut into thin, irregular shapes. It is usually sandstone, quartz, bluestone or slate, and most often is used as paving for walks, driveways and patios. It can sometimes be found...

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Granite

Granite

The beauty and elegance of granite makes it a most prestigious yet practical countertop. No two slabs of granite are exactly the same which means yours will be unique.

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Limestone

Limestone

Limestone is not a marble, but marble is a limestone. Limestones are made up of calcite from shells, coral and other debris. They are what we call sedimentary rocks—that is, they have been formed by the breakdown of other rocks,...

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Marble

Marble

There are over eight thousand types of marble on the market today, and the number continues to grow. It would be impossible to list every available type, but there are some common characteristics that make it fairly easy to identify...

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Onyx

Onyx

Onyx is a type of marble which has been deposited from cold solutions. Characteristically translucent, with many veins running concentrically to one another. It is very expensive and is usually fashioned into small table tops.

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Quartzite

Quartzite

Quartzite is a rare material used for flooring which, like limestone, is gaining popularity. It can be found in colors from white to a pinkish-brown. It is composed of metamorphosed quartz, sand or sandstone. It is acid-resistant. Its texture appears...

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River Rock

River Rock

River rock flooring is commonly used outdoors on patios and pool decks, but occasionally sees service as an indoor floor. River rock flooring consists of a layer of river rocks heavily coated with urethane or epoxy. This coating serves to...

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Sandstone

Sandstone

Sandstone is seldom seen as a flooring material. It is commonly used for building, but occasionally makes its way indoors as a flooring surface. Composed primary of quartz, it is loose and rough in texture. As its name implies, it...

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Slate

Slate

Slate is commonly gray in color, although you may find green, yellow and red hues. It is a stone which has been metamorphosed from shale-that is, it consists of clay-like materials that have undergone change under heat and pressure. For...

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Soapstone

Soapstone

Soapstone is a very soft mineral of talc. Rarely used for flooring, it is often fabricated into fireplace hearths and table tops, and is very popular as a medium for statuary.

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Travertine

Travertine

Travertine is a type of limestone, but differs from other forms in that it is formed in hot springs called karst. The water movement in these karst erodes the travertine, creating holes in the stone.

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