Frequently Asked Questions About Stone Slabs and Installation

Can natural stone be used in the exteriors of homes or commercial buildings?

You can use natural stone in the exteriors of both homes and commercial buildings, as it is versatile and durable. It is an excellent choice for people who want to create a timeless and elegant look for their property. Whether you’re looking to design a rustic cabin or a modern office building, natural stone can achieve the desired aesthetic.

Can marble be used for kitchen countertops?

Yes marble can be used for kitchen countertops. When properly sealed, marble is a great choice for any kitchen. Marble is a natural stone known for its unique veining and patterns. You can polish it to achieve a high shine or hone it for a more matte finish. As with any kitchen countertop material, you should wipe up spills promptly to avoid staining and avoid using acidic substances like vinegar and citrus juices to prevent etching.

How durable is marble?

Marble is a durable stone, especially when cared for properly. With its dense structure and ability to resist staining and scratching. It’s no wonder that people have used marble for centuries in everything from grand buildings to intricate sculptures. Of course, like any natural stone, it’s important to understand the unique qualities of marble and how to care for it to ensure its longevity properly. With the proper knowledge and precautions, marble can be a timeless and durable addition to any space.

What is quartzite?

The intense heat and pressure from being buried deep beneath the earth’s surface form quartzite, which is a type of metamorphic rock. Rock is composed mainly of quartz, which gives it its signature sparkle and hardness. In addition, Quartzite’s ability to resist heat, scratches, and stains sets it apart from other rocks.

Is quartzite hard to maintain?

Quartzite has become increasingly popular due to its durability and unique patterns. While some natural stones can be high maintenance, Quartzite is known for being relatively low maintenance. However, it is important to note that it is partially foolproof. Therefore, proper care and maintenance are necessary to keep Quartzite looking its best.

Does quartzite get water stains?

With proper sealing and regular cleaning, you can prevent water stains and keep your quartzite looking pristine for years to come.

How long do quartzite countertops last?

Quartzite countertops are highly durable and offer a longer lifespan than other countertop materials. With proper maintenance and care, quartzite countertops can last for decades without showing any wear and tear.

What should I use to clean my stone?

A gentle, neutral pH-balanced cleaner, such as a stone-specific cleaner, is the best choice for keeping your surfaces clean and safe. By selecting the right cleaner, you can maintain the beautiful condition of your stone for years to come.

Is sealing an extra step people need to pay for ?

We work hand in hand with a professional sealer to properly seal your natural stone. Please contact us for pricing.

Can I seal my stone or do I require a professional?

If you trust in your DIY skills, have the right materials, and the stone doesn’t require any special care, then you can handle it on your own. However, some stones can be sensitive to certain chemicals or prone to staining, and improper sealing can ruin the finish or cause ongoing maintenance issues. If you need more confidence, Terra Stone Gallery can clean and seal for you, ensuring your stone is protected and looks beautiful for years.

What can be done if a marble becomes stained or scratched?

If your marble becomes stained, polish it with a slurry of polishing powder and water. On the other hand, if the marble has become scratched, it may need to be honed and polished by a professional stone restoration company. With the proper care, your marble can continue to look beautiful and elegant for years.