Granite serves as one of the most durable surfaces for any sort of installation. Well-sealed granite can last for decades. The versatility of granite comes from its ability to fit into any decor because of its patterning. It presents a large variety of colors to choose from, and you get an almost perfect design material. Granite’s durability comes from its resistance to wearing. When smoothed to perfection a granite installation can stand the test of time and weather even the toughest situations (provided the installation was done correctly).
MARBLE, ONYX, & SERPENTINE
Popular as a design material for bathrooms, tables, floorings, and fireplaces, marble has been around for quite some time. The classical Greeks associated marble fixtures and sculptures with wealth. This association has continued to this day, as marble makes up a very significant portion of the materials used for indoor use. The wide array of colors allow for use in almost any setting, and the sheen from the polished surface of a marble fixture is unique and unmistakable.
SLATE AND SOAPSTONE
Traditional limestone has had a pride of place in many fixtures over the years. While it has never been associated with opulence the way marble has, it retains a very characteristic presence. It has a better consistency in its variation when compared to other stone types, which adds to its innate beauty. Limestone has been around for millennia and sometimes the remains of fossils do appear in the deposits, making for interesting talking points. Overall, limestone is a very elegant construction material.