Beautiful. Durable. More affordable than ever. BC Stone® works with a variety of stone wholesalers to provide you with the widest variety of colors and textures. New technologies in quarrying, fabricating and installing have reduced the cost of using natural stone, making it a viable option for most any home or commercial application.
One of the hardest and strongest materials in nature, granite is an excellent choice for countertops and other heavily used surfaces. Resists heat and scratching under normal use. Will not react with citric acid, coffee, tea, or wine. Considered more bacteria-resistant than most other surfaces. Like other natural stone, is porous and requires a sealant to prevent staining; otherwise, is very low-maintenance. The surface can be polished, honed, flamed or brushed.
Marble is often viewed as having a more sophisticated, elegant look than other stone materials. Can be polished to shine brilliantly. Not as durable as granite; recommended for surfaces that are used lightly, such as a formal bathrooms or furniture tops. Should not be used as oven countertops as excessive heat can cause damage. Susceptible to dulling from acids and can be stained if spills are not wiped up immediately. For kitchens, a honed finish is recommended, along with using coasters and cutting boards to prevent scratches.
Limestone is a matte finished stone surface that offers subtle veining. Mainly used for bathroom vanities and display tops. Not recommended for kitchen countertops because it is relatively soft and susceptible to scratching. Highly reactive to acidic solutions. Often captures fossilized plant and animal life, giving it a certain primitive appeal. Most often honed to a matte finish. The porous nature requires that is be properly sealed and maintained to avoid staining.
Travertine is a type of limestone that is popular for bathroom vanities and furniture top surfaces. Also used for floors, walls and countertops, but can scratch easily and is more susceptible to staining than granite or marble. Generally filled with grout before it is honed or polished, which produces a uniform surface more like other marbles. Can be left unfilled and is often seen as exterior surfaces of buildings.
Soapstone has a soft color that starts out as light gray but oxidizes over time to appear as a dark charcoal/green shade. The occasional coat of mineral oil aids in this oxidation process and helps the stone achieve its rich color. Works well for most areas of the home, including countertops, fireplaces, island tops, and sills. Resistant to chemicals, acids, and heat; however, will scratch and ding with use. Requires very little maintenance.
Onyx is a semi-precious translucent stone ranging in color from white to deep green. Known for bands or lines of contrasting color and can be backlit for dramatic effects. Soft and porous; should be sealed and installed where it will not be subject to hard wear. Otherwise, will absorb liquids easily which tend to stain the stone. With proper installation and care, can be used for countertops, tile, vanities and more.