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When it comes to stone surfacing, you have many choices. Although Granite and Quartz fullfill most people's design needs, there are still other stone surfaces for those who do not follow the norm:

With a natural and unique look, marble is often mistaken for granite. Although the stones sometimes share the same appearance, the two are very different.Marble Bathroom Unlike granite, marble starts out as sediment - animal skeletons and shells, plant matter, silt - at the bottom of bodies of water. After millions of years, this solidifies (lithifies) into stone.

Since the main component of marble is calcium, it can be damaged by highly acidic substances, such as vinegar or citruses. It is also much easier to scratch and damage than granite. For these reasons, marble is rarely used in kitchens, but the more common application of marble is in bathroom vanity tops, Jacuzzi tops and fireplaces

For a natural look with a little different feel, people can use soapstone. Soap stone is a naturally made rock composed mostly of talc and magnesium. The result is a much softer stone than other materials like granite and marble, but is also much more dense and non-porous.

Soapstone Sink

The result of using soapstone for a sink, countertop, fireplace, or other application is a very natural and maintenance free surface. Soapstone does not need to be resealed and will not stain. This is why some may choose soapstone over other natural stones.

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For those persuing another natural look, there is limestone. Limestone is a unique natural stone, which can have different colors not found in othersurfaces like granite or quartz. It is also a highly variable surface, with some stones being softer like marble and some harder like granite.

Limestone is very porous, meaning that it needs to be sealed occasionally to prevent staining. Since limestone is composed majorly of calcium, it can be damaged by acidic substances. Also, limestone is typically very heavy; making it difficult for transportation and installation.