At Exotic Stone we carry a variety of granite, marble, and quartz for countertops, tiles, backsplashes, bath
Readily available in many shapes, patterns and thicknesses, Granite is a great choice if you want to bring a sense of luxury into your home. We have precut slabs to choose from as well as the ability to custom cut and edge according to your project. With proper care and a little annual maintenance, your granite countertops can last a lifetime.
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Used thousands of years ago by the ancient Egyptians, Granite has been quarried for use in construction, columns, monuments, sculptures and other decorative elements. Some of the most famous monuments and memorials are made of granite. Mount Rushmore, Diana Princess of Whales Memorial Fountain, and the architecture and carvings at the world heritage site of Mahabalipuram in India, just to name a few.
For more information about Granite or our selection of Granite products please give a call at 250-881-1001 and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.
Since Quartz countertops are man-made, both color and pattern are consistent throughout the entire piece. Quartz can be polished, honed, sandblasted and embossed. Quartz countertops give you unlimited color options never before available in stone. From brilliant vivid hues to earthy and even natural looking stone-like patterns with sparkle and veining. Because it is easily manufactured into unique sizes and shapes, you can even do circles and curves. Quartz is not recommended for outdoor use as the elements can cause colors to fade. Also, Quartz needs to be professionally installed as it is heavier than granite.
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The process to engineer quartz into countertops wasn’t developed until the 1960’s, when new technologies allowed the process of mixing pulverized quartz crystal with resins to create this ‘engineered’ stone . Europe is where Quartz countertops first gained popularity. The use of Quartz continues to rise due to the exciting endless color and pattern options available.
Historically, varieties of Quartz were used for jewelry, carvings, and other decorative items. In the 1880’s, piezoelectric properties (piezoelectricity is the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials, such as crystals, in response to applied mechanical stress) were discovered in quartz, and began to be used in electronic production, detection of sound, and clocks and watches. Today the use of quartz continues to be valuable in our modern world to include the production of glass, computers, televisions, cell phones and a variety of electronic devices.
Please call us at 250-881- 1001 for more information about our Quartz selection or services. We would be happy to answer any of your questions.
Available in many finishes, such as polished, tumbled, and honed, no two cuts of Marble will be alike, as various vein patterns and coloring make each piece unique. Even though Marble can be highly susceptible to acidic damage, cuts and stains, most damages can be repaired. If sealed when installed and then again every few years, maintaining the graceful finish of your Marble is worthwhile. Classically beautiful, Marble is a symbol of tradition and refined taste.
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Since the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans, Marble has been prized for its ability to be sculpted and polished to a ‘waxy’ like finish allowing the stone to ‘glow’ or ‘come to life’. Throughout the world, historic and iconic examples of Marble buildings, sculptures and monuments remain, (the Parthenon in Athens, the Pisa Cathedral in Italy, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India), continuing to enchant and delight us with its beauty.
For more information about Marble and our selection please give a call at 250-881- 1001 and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.