Stone for home and garden
Natural stone is a real beauty that enlivens both home and garden. With a special elegance, it takes the kitchen, the hall, the patio or the entire garden to new heights. In other words, choosing natural stone over cast stone is a matter of feeling but also cost. The price then lands at a higher sum compared to factory-made stones. But on the other hand, it gives houses and homes a true natural feel that no other stone can give. And you get a stone that lasts much longer in both quality, color and surface structure.
We guide you through the various rock selections in a real deep excavation. All so that you can find the right stone material for your wall , stone staircase , patio or indoor floor .
Rocks are created during a geological process
The nature of the natural stone is solid and robust, durable and beautiful. No two stones are alike. They are created by nature and for a special charm where each stone has its veins and beauty spots. All are the rock types that are created from one or more different minerals during a geological process, on and in the earth's crust. Today we usually categorize these rocks into three compartments; sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks.
Clay shale and limestone are examples of sedimentary rocks
Clay shale and limestone are two examples of sedimentary rocks. They are formed from the sediment that occurs through weathering and erosion. That is, rocks that have been broken down by external forces into smaller particles and then transported by wind and water. Through a long process of storage, the densely packed sediment forms new rock. The formation of limestone can also take place with the content of fossil materials such as shells from animals and plant remains. In other words, the limestone evokes a feeling of primeval times.
Marble comes to life under high pressure and heat
Metamorphic rock is a type of rock that has undergone transformation. It is formed from rocks that have been exposed to high pressure and heat. The immensely popular marble is one such example, which is a metamorphosed limestone. Characteristic of the marble are usually swirls and lengths with veins and color shifts. It is then usually called marbled, which describes a pattern made up of impurities in the stone.
Several shale rocks are also metamorphic. Mica shale is a collective name for several regional metamorphic rock types that have a "slate" structure, that is to say that it looks sliced in structure, is usually folded and contains visible crystals and mica minerals. It has a better hardness than clay slate and can be used as building stone both indoors and outdoors. See our Mica slates for the outdoor floor.
Igneous rocks are formed by crystallization of magma
Granite is one of our most common stones and is a strong igneous rock. It is formed by crystallization of magma and always consists of three main minerals - quartz, feldspar and mica. The stone can differ greatly in appearance depending on how the composition looks. As with other natural stones, there may be areas with color changes and graining of impurities.
Difference between manufactured stone and natural stone
Concrete stone, granite ceramics, floor bricks, tiles and clinker are all examples of factory-made stones. They consist to a certain extent of natural materials but may also contain certain additives that give the products special properties. Tiles and clinkers are, for example, earthenware manufactured by dry pressing or extrusion. Dry pressing is the most common, where dried clay powder is pressed into shape into a plate under high pressure and heat. The result is an even slab, with precise dimensions and good strength.
In other words, the manufactured stone or slab is produced during a controlled process in large volumes and where the manufacturer controls the outcome. Color, shape, structure or properties such as frost resistance are some examples of execution. In production, the products are almost identical to each other, which is a big difference to natural stone, where no two stones are alike.
Depending on which stone you have for your paving and surface, you take care of them in different ways. Limestone and marble are examples of rocks whose constituent minerals are softer in comparison to the igneous granite. They can be sensitive to acidic liquids and salt, especially if they are polished. The stones easily absorb liquids, which can create stains. When you clean the surface, you should therefore use natural cleaning agents such as green and yellow soap or specially developed stone cleaners . The best way to take care of them is through dry cleaning.
Over the years, the appearance of the stone will change, which is something to take into account. Wear and tear in the form of scratches, fading, discoloration and dullness is inevitable in the long term, but is also a beautiful sign of aging.