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Stone Types

Different types of stone lend themselves to different uses, for example granite is ideally suited to kitchen worktops due to its strength and low porosity, whilst limestone makes excellent floor tiles. It is important to get the right advice to ensure that your investment in stone is a wise one.


Granite

Granite is a common and widely occurring type of intrusive, felsic rock. Granites can be pink to dark grey or even black with blue and green variations also available. Granite is nearly always massive, hard and tough, and for this reason it has gained widespread popularity as a construction stone and is perfect for kitchen worktops.

We are the exclusive fabricator of the Lundhs range of Larvikite and Anorthosite in the area. These Blue Pearl type stones are not regular granites as they do not contain quartz, which most granites do. However, Larvikite and Anorthosite are just as hard and in some cases even harder than some regular granites. The materials are durable, distinctive, and 100% natural. They are water-, heat-, stain-, scratch-, and UV-resistant and very easy to clean. Larvikite comes from the Larvik area of Norway and is now Norway's national stone and Anorthosite comes from the western part of the country. Learn more about Lundhs and view the materials.

Limestone

Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed largely of the mineral calcite. The primary source of the calcite in limestone is marine organisms, although other sources do occur. Limestone makes up about 10% of the total volume of all sedimentary rocks. Limestone is perfect for use in bathrooms and kitchens as tiles, shower trays, cladding and vanity tops.

Jerusalem Stone is the name given to a type of limestone quarried in areas from the Jordan River on the east of Israel to the Mediterranean Sea on the country's west, and from the southern Port of Eilat on the Red Sea to The Galilee and Haifa on the north. It is mostly dolomitic limestone or dolomite, and tends to be of a gold or reddish hue, though some varieties are grey or nearly white. It is hard wearing and suitable for use in most situations, both inside and out - in fact most buildings in Jerusalem are clad in this stone, giving it its beautiful golden hue.

Lundhs

Lundhs has been quarrying Larvikite and Anorthosite for over 100 years.  These stones are often classified under granites but they do not contain quartz, which most granites do.

The company is the only exporter of many of the stones that it sells and larvikite from the area around Larvik has been made into Norway's national stone.  Most of the 15 quarries owned by the company are in the Larvik area where they produce Lundhs Blue and Lundhs Emerald among other stones. But they also have a quarry in the west of the country where they produce Lundh's Antique.
The stone is exported all over the world for use in both domestic and commercial settings and looks as good used as a kitchen worktop as it does in a commercial setting.  stoneCIRCLE is the exclusive fabricator for Lundhs in our area. 

Take a look at the materials gallery to see more details about Lundhs' materials.

Marble

Marble is a metamorphic rock resulting from regional metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks. It comes in a vast range of colours from white, green, red to black and its veining generally contrasts with the base stone colour.

It has been used as a building material for centuries and is suitable for many different applications including outdoor and kitchen worktops depending on the particular type of marble.

Quartz

stoneCIRCLE offers a range of different quartz composites from the market leading producers including Q-Stone, Silestone and Caesarstone. All of these quartz composites are composed of a high percentage of crushed quartz mixed with bonding agents and colouring pigments. They are an excellent replacement for granite or limestone.

One of the features of natural stone is a variation in tone and veining, composite stones offer most of the qualities of natural stone whilst having a consistency of colour that does not occur naturally and some people prefer this uniformity of look.

Silestone offer a 25 year warranty on their materials.  Don't forget to register on their website.

Onyx

Onyx is formed of bands of chalcedony in alternating colors. It is cryptocrystalline, consisting of fine intergrowths of the silica minerals quartz and moganite. Its bands are parallel to one another, as opposed to the more chaotic banding that often occurs in agates.  It is often used to create walls with light behind them due to its translucency.

Sandstone

Sandstone is a sedimentary rock composed of mineral or rock particles the size of sand. The colour depends very much on the type of sand from which it is formed but tends to have a warm tone tending towards red, yellow or orange. The stone is often used for building and paving materials and other outdoor uses. 

Sintered Stone

Sintered stone is the latest technology in composite stones.  The raw materials differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, but most contain minerals found in natural stone and porcelain which are subjected to very high heat and pressure to fuse them without the use of binding materials such as the resin found in quartz composites.  The resulting materials are extremely tough and lend themselves to many different applications from countertops, to panels and flooring and can be used both internally and externally.

We offer the following brands:

Dekton, from the makers of Silestone, contains raw materials found in glass, porcelain and quartz work surfaces.  It is highly resistant to UV light, heat, frost and abrasion as well as scratch and stain proof.  More information can be found on the manufacturer's website.

Lapitec uses natural minerals that are found in granite and porcelain with no binders.  The chemistry and mineralogy are similar to granite but with the crystalline structure of porcelain.  Its colour is highly stable and it has virtually zero porosity.  Find out more on the Lapitec website.

Neolith is made with clay, feldspar, silica and mineral oxides.  Up to 52% of the finished article comes from recycled raw materials.  It also has virtually zero porosity, can withstand both very high and low temperatures, is easy to clean and care for and scrach resistant.  It comes with a warranty, details of which can be found on the manufacturer's website.

Slate

Slate is a fine-grained, homogeneous, metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low grade regional metamorphism. It splits easily into sheets and most commonly comes in green and black shades. It is most often used for floor tiles and kitchen worktops. 

Travertine

A sedimentary rock which is deposited from the water of mineral springs or streams saturated with calcium carbonate. When pure, travertine is white, but often it is brown to yellow due to impurities. It is a hard and durable stone, typically quite porous with numerous cavities. It is used as floor and wall tiles, for cladding, and to make bathroom items such as basins and stands, vanity tops and baths. 


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