Natural Stone Countertops & Vanities

Rausch Granite – SD, ND, IA & NE

Onyx:

Chemically, onyx is similar to alabaster and marble. It’s wonderfully translucent but very, very soft.

** Onyx is not for walking surfaces, but is great for walls and in the bath.

LimeStone

Mainly consists of calcite. It does not show much graining or crystalline structure. It has a smooth granular surface. Varies in hardness. Some dense limestone can be polished. Common colors are black, grey, white, yellow or brown. It is more likely to stain than marble. Limestone is known to contain lime from seawater.

**Limestone is popular among those people looking for a flat, matte finish. Uses include fire place hearths, mantles and surrounds, address blocks and table tops.

Soapstone

A very soft stone and uniform in appearance, made of a variety of talc. It is a dense mineral that wears well and is often resistant to stains. Soapstone acquires a patina with age and requires regular oiling for maintenance.

** Soapstone is used for kitchen countertops.

Travertine

Is a type of limestone usually a cream or reddish color. It is formed through the accumulation of calcite from hot springs. It contains lots of holes that were formed from water flowing through the stone. These holes are often filled with synthetic resins or cements. Requires lots of maintenance if the holes are not filled. Classified as a limestone and a marble.

**Travertine can be polished or left in its natural matte finish and is often used for flooring, fireplace surrounds, tabletops and bathroom applications.