History of Materials
Igneous rocks are formed when magma (molten rock beneath the Earth’s surface) cools and solidifies. Because many of these rock types contain complex minerals they form crystals within their structure. These crystals might occur randomly, be aligned, or lie in layers giving rise to stunning visual surfaces in our polished slabs of stone. Extremely hard and durable as a work surface, Granite is one of the most common igneous rock types in the world. Made up of three different minerals (feldspar, quartz and mica) Granite is generally quite uniform in its structure and comes in a variety of colours and levels of polish owing to each type of granite’s unique mineral combination.
Metamorphic rock is formed when either Sedimentary or Igneous rock is subjected to heat and pressure below the Earth’s crust. High grade metamorphic rock, such as the beautiful green and red Eclogite, forms from basic Igneous rocks deep below the Earth’s mantle whilst lower grade metaphorphic rock such as Slate is formed nearer the surface. Because quality and consistency is important to us we prefer to work only with high grade material, those rock types formed deep below the surface. Metamorphic stone slabs often show features of stretching, squashing and fracture and includes stone like Marble, Fault Breccia and Tectonite.
Manmade Quartz Stone
As if nature hadn’t provided enough variety, there are now high quality manmade stones which are proving extremely popular. They are made from crushed quartz crystals which are bonded together by a special resin producing a uniform worktop with a warmer feel to the hand. Manmade quartz bridges the gap between nature and technology.
The process begins with combining a high percentage of natural quartz with resins and pigments. Then through a patented process, the resins bind the quartz. The result is a highly durable stone product. Produced various thicknesses usually 30mm or 20mm. It can be used in a variety of applications, including kitchen worktops, bathroom vanities.
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