We believe that half of the effort of satisfying a client’s vision goes into selecting the appropriate stone. The earth offers an enormous variety of stone. We buy from a number of importers and domestic producers to give you the largest selection possible. You can choose your slabs directly at the stone yard or, in consultation with Bedrock, shop via the web. If you are looking for a stone of limited quantity, it is essential that you allow sufficient lead time for obtaining your stone.
The properties and usefulness of any stone are determined by the way it is formed in the earth. There are three major types of stone:
- Igneous: granite, quartz, basalt
- Metamorphic: marble, quartzite, slate, schist, soapstone
- Sedimentary: limestone, travertine, onyx, sandstone
It is beyond the scope of this site to go into the complexity of each type of stone. Jay has an expert knowledge of all varieties of stone and their characteristics, amassed over 25 years of working and observing his material: how each stone performs in different applications and over time. A client’s specific needs can only be met by a thorough understanding of their expectations and the requirements of their project, and Jay is committed to giving his clients the benefit of his experience. Polished granite is not the only stone suitable for kitchen counters. Let us help you to discover the stone that is right for you.
But is it green?
Stone is the oldest natural material and the earth supplies it in abundance. The way we work stone has barely changed since the Egyptians. Bedrock does not usually advocate adding chemical sealers to the surface of your stone, so it is a wise and healthful choice for your home. In terms of carbon footprint, the fabrication process is minimal, but transportation can be a major load. Stone is heavy, and it takes a lot of energy to move it around. Bedrock can access stone from nearly every continent, but if you prefer to use a local stone, or are building a LEED-certified house, we can provide you with a sample of stone from quarries located within close proximity to your site.
STONE vs QUARTZ
Stone is a natural material quarried from the earth. Quartz is made in factories. The term “quartz” has become ubiquitous for all man-made countertop materials. Quartz is composed of finely ground sand (which is quartz), cast with polymers, into sheets or blocks. Stone has a large range of porosity. Quartz is nonporous. Stone will not be affected by moving a hot pot from the stove onto its surface. Conversely, Quartz will blister when a hot pot is placed on it. Stone has been used for countertops for millennia. The Quartz products on the market today have been in use for less than fifteen years. Stone’s color does not fade. Quartz is comprised of man-made pigments which are not colorfast. Stone comes in an enormous range of densities. All Quartz products are primarily uniform in density. All materials wear, natural materials wear in a way that brings deeper beauty through use. Time will show us how man-made quartz will hold up to many years of wear.