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Home. You can travel the world over but when it comes to familiar comfort, personal surroundings and true well being, all roads lead to home. Here on our website and in our store, we celebrate the home.
We also believe in this simple truth: what’s under your feet impacts life under your roof. The various floor coverings throughout your home influence interior beauty, design, décor, comfort, upkeep – life itself.
That’s why our goal is to provide you with quality natural stone flooring products that offer a positive and lasting effect on your home.
Products that beautify your home, enhance design and décor, meet your specific comfort, performance and budget needs, and stand the test of time.
To help achieve our goal, we’ve created a library of stone flooring knowledge, style choices, shopping tips, buying considerations and upkeep dos and don’ts.
For a number of solid, natural reasons.
Natural stone is strong and stable to live with. It exudes a rich, organic, beautiful surface and has a confident, timeless “presence” in any room.
Go ahead -- rub your hand across any natural stone product. Can you feel the eons of time it took to produce this natural wonder of Mother Earth?
It’s a fact. The formative process for natural stone began millions of years ago, deep beneath the surface of the earth.
A combination of heat and pressure created blocks of natural stone, including granite, marble, travertine, limestone, and slate.
As the earth's crust began to grow and erode, it pushed minerals up from its core, forming massive rock deposits, which we refer to as “quarries”.
Walk across a natural stone floor and tread on the same material quarried and constructed by ancient people of nobility and notoriety.
From ancient monuments like the pyramids in Egypt and the majestic Greek and Roman temples, to the great civilizations of India and China, natural stone has been an important part of architecture throughout history.
It is the world’s oldest building material -- imagine its beauty and elegance in your new home or remodeling project.
How old? In 2500 B.C., Djoser’s Step Pyramid in Egypt, the first structure to be made entirely of natural stone, was constructed using huge blocks of granite and limestone.
Today, natural stone quarries are found in many countries throughout the world such as Italy, China, Spain, India, Canada, Mexico and also here in the United States.
Recent advances in the stone industry’s equipment technology have greatly impacted the process of extracting stone from the quarry and installing it in a home. Maybe your home.
Modern tools can accomplish this with such speed and efficiency that now natural stone is accessible to all and is beloved for its durability, personality and aesthetics.
Indeed, nothing compares to the beauty of natural stone. And while it is typically more expensive than ceramic tile and requires greater maintenance, natural stone will virtually always increase your home’s resale value. That’s another important consideration when shopping.
Today, there is a large selection of natural stone to choose from, and we will be showing you and explaining about each stone family in detail.
In these sections on Natural Stone you can count on learning about granite, the hardest and densest stone, marble, known for its rich, luxurious quality, limestone, a softer, more porous stone, and the popular travertine.
We will also take an informative look at slate and tumbled stone, America’s favorites in rustic settings.
As a side note, you should be aware of a product called Manufactured Stone. (Also called Agglomerate Stone.)
It’s a synthetic stone product that can be used for flooring and you can learn more about it in the Stone Flooring Construction section.
If natural stone flooring may be a possibility for your home, we invite you to learn all you need to know in the other stone sections here and at our store.