1. Where does natural stone come from?
Over the course of billions of years when sediments are exposed to heat and pressure, Mother Nature gets creative and forms natural stone. Each natural stone is like a unique piece of art, which vary drastically in colour and pattern depending on the minerals that were used, how long it was put under pressure, and which area it was formed in. Natural stones are quarried directly from the earth’s crust. Every piece is exceptional and distinctive. The only processing that needs to be done is shaping into various forms, sizes, and finishes. At WOMAG, we have a wide selection of beautiful stones that we import from over 4 continents.
2. What is the difference between marble and granite?
Although both stones are products of nature’s design and are quarried from the earth, marble and granite are very different from one another. Marble starts out at the bottom of bodies of water as sediment, such as animal skeletons, shells, plant matter, and silt. After millions of years of added pressure, they solidify into stone. This in part is the reason for its veiny effect. Because of its chemical makeup, marble is softer than granite and more porous. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle. With the mantle’s extremely high temperatures and surrounding molten lava, granite is formed into a very hard and resistant stone made of crystallized minerals. This in part is the reason for its speckled effect.
3. Why is marble best for bathrooms and fireplaces?
Marble has been used for construction and art for thousands of years. Many statues and buildings made of marble have outlasted the cultures, which built them. With proper care, marble can last a lifetime. However, because of its makeup, WOMAG suggests not to use marble in areas prone to acid, vinegar, and citrus juice exposure. Marble is made of calcium carbonate and its polished surface is vulnerable to household acids. When mixing the two together, chemical reactions occur and will remove the polish, softening the stone further. Marble should be enjoyed in bathrooms, as fireplaces, and other less acidic areas. The bold, smooth, and flowing patterns of marble are perfect for application in these areas.
4. Why is granite best for countertops?
Granite is one of the hardest natural stones available on the market. It is made of strong igneous rock that is second only in hardness when compared to diamonds. Due to its geological composition, it is resistant to scratches, etching, burns, and stains. Since granite is extremely durable, daily kitchen activities pose no problem, making it ideal for kitchen use. The durability, low maintenance, and beauty of granite make it the perfect option for your home.
5. Is natural stone stain, chip and scratch proof?
No natural stone is stain, etch and chip proof. Although granite is more dense and stronger than marble, it still has a little porosity in it. Because of this, it makes granite resistant to the above. All stone is porous to some extent. That is why we recommend a stone sealer for all granite after installation. Using this penetrative sealer will prevent stains from oil, wine, and other liquids from soaking into the surface.
6. How much material do I need to order for my job?
When you are making the final selection of your stone, please make sure to take wastage into account as to ensure there will be enough material to complete the project. WOMAG advises adding at least 10-15% extra. What most clients forget is that a stone found in a quarry today will be very different to the same stone found in the same quarry tomorrow. We always recommend to order what is referred to as “attic stock”, just a small amount of material to keep on the side if future repairs are needed.
7. Is it possible to get tiles and slabs that match?
While WOMAG keeps stock of some material in slabs and tiles, they will always be cut from different blocks of stone. Because natural stones are made in nature, the colours and patterns of the slabs and tiles will differ.
8. Can natural stone be used on the exteriors of homes?
Yes! Many natural stones can be used for exterior wall cladding. Proper installation must occur and consideration of location as well. Because each natural stone is slightly different in its physical properties, please let our staff assist you in finding the correct match.