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Some info about quartzite from: Marble Institute of America site: Exploring the “quartz-based” stones
The term sandstone refers to the sand sized (0.06 to 2.0 mm) clasts that are cemented together by other agents. Therefore, sandstone could be of any mineralogy, but the overwhelming majority of sandstones on the market are quartz-based.
The durability and performance of sandstone is not as greatly influenced by the sand sized particles, as it is influenced by the cementing agent that binds these particles together. Many types of sandstone are used in cubic sections as sills, coping, watertables and other exterior features. Exterior cladding is also a common application, although this stone variety is typically used in thicker sections than other stone types due to lower bending strengths. While sandstone has been used in both countertop and shower lining applications, the varieties that are suitable for these installations are limited.
Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that is formed from sandstone. Quartzite can be of exceptional strength, density, and hardness. The strength, abrasion resistance, and weathering durability of this rock type expand its application possibilities to include most any of the common uses for natural, dimension stone.
Thinking about soapstone for your kitchen or bath countertops? We can help. Countertop experts at Stone Select, Atlanta GA, recommend soapstone, also know as steatite, for a variety of reasons. A sleek and timeless, classic look, they work well with most kitchen decor. Soapstone countertops are also not affected by acidic liquids such as vinegar and lemon juice which cause etching in other materials such as concrete or marble. It’s a durable, nonporous, nonabsorbent, and heat resistant countertop option. Soapstone counters will require maintenance in the form of regular oiling and buffing out of some scratching that may occur. Choices include Arabesque, Mirasol Black, Forest, Cinza, Black Moon, Spyder, Classic Grey, Gray. Available in Honed and Oiled
In keeping with the latest color grey in design trends for 2012, Stone Select Surfaces in Smyrna, GA is fully stocked with Cashmere White 3cm granite slabs, (aka Kashmir White ), White Carrera 3cm marble, Delicatus White 3cm granite, Colonial Cream 3cm granite; and the ever popular eco-friendly quartz colors such as Lunar Ice, Crystal White, Snow Storm and Misty Carrera, to name a few. We would love to help you pick your new countertops. Let us bring the samples to your home to insure a better color match with the rest of your decor.
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