Stone and Tile
We restore all types of natural stone and manufactured surfaces, including...
A volcanic quartz-based stone containing a variety of coloured aggregates and pumice in a quartz matrix. Quarried in Mexico and available in several colours.
A volcanic quartz-based stone with qualities similar to Adoquin, but not as dense; quarried in Mexico.
A natural mineral aggregate consisting essentially of hydrous aluminium silicate. It is vitrified when fired to a sufficiently high temperature.
A mixture of clays which have been shaped and fired at high temperatures resulting in a hard body. This hard body may then be left untreated or it may receive a glazed wear layer.
A composition material consisting of cement, aggregate, and water. When mixed together, will result in a chemical action that will set and harden into rock-like mass.
A very hard, crystalline, igneous rock. Contains granular, flecks of minerals spread consistently throughout the stone to form a visibly even crystalline structure.
A sedimentary rock composed primarily of calcite or dolomite. The varieties of limestone used as dimensional stone are usually well consolidated and exhibit a minimum of graining or bedding direction. Often contains remains and fossils of sea creatures that lived in the warm seas millions of years ago.
A crystalline rock composed predominately of one or more of the following materials: calcite, dolomite, or serpentine, and capable of taking polish.
A ceramic mosaic or paver tile, generally made by the dust-pressed method, of a composition that produces a dense, impervious, fine-grained tile with smooth and sharply formed face.
Quarry tile production has its "roots" in the brick making industry and uses raw material very similar to that used in the manufacture of brick products. High quality quarry tiles are made from a mixture of natural ingredients including clays and shales. These low absorption tiles are manufactured then hard fired in kilns at temperatures sometimes exceeding 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Essentially composed of tightly interlocking grains of quartz. A little feldspar or mica may also be evident. White varieties are distinguished from marble by their greater hardness. Quartzites are metamorphosed quartz sandstones and are found in association with other metamorphosed sedimentary rocks such as phyllite, schist and marble.
Saltillo tile is an unglazed clay floor tile made in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. The tile is made from natural clay deposits from that region which is one of the finest natural clay deposits in the world.
Briefly, this is the manufacturing process:
- Clay is excavated from the earth. Then mixed with water.
- The wet clay is formed into tile shapes. Then the tiles are dried in the sun (if it rains, the tiles are ruined).
- The dried tiles are fired in caves in the riverbanks which are used as kilns.
A sedimentary rock consisting usually of quartz cemented with silica, iron oxide or calcium carbonate. It is durable, has a very high crushing and tensile strength and a wide range of colours or textures.
The terms Fossilstone, Shellstone, Coquina, and Coralstone refer to numerous types of limestone's that were deposited on ancient sea beds. True to their names these stones contain fossilized marine life. Their unique characteristics are unlike any other stone available. These stones vary widely from fragile chalky seashell encrusted with an open texture to a denser harder stone suitable for flooring materials.
A fine-grained metamorphic rock derived from clay and shale, which possesses a cleavage that permits it to be split readily into thin, smooth sheets.
Low fired clay, either glazed or unglazed.
A type of concrete in which chips or pieces of stone, usually marble, are mixed with cement and are ground to a flat surface, exposing the chips which take a high polish.
A variety of limestone. Usually have voids on the surface formed by water elements and pressure over time. These voids are either filled or left unfilled.
Cement Based Grout
This type of grout can either be sanded or non-sanded. Both varieties are absorbent and acid sensitive. Often cement based grout is polymer modified to prevent minimize cracking and add strength.
Epoxy Based Grout
Epoxy grout is impervious to liquids and does not need sealing. It will not allow bacteria to grow and it minimizes cracking. It is generally used with ceramic, porcelain and quarry tile and not with natural stone.