Bella Tile’s range of natural stone will meet the needs of any creative and functional idea. Natural stone is a versatile
and alluring surfacing materials. Its look varies greatly depending on the chosen type and finish (see below).
Stones have different levels of porosity and hardness, so type, finish, and format should be carefully selected with end-use in mind. Bella Tile professionals can help you with both selection and installation guidance.
The minerals in stone came from the same liquid and gas minerals that formed the Earth. The Earth developed as a massive body of gas and liquid minerals that slowly cooled and condensed to a solid core. Through pressure, the Earth's crust began to form and heavy minerals were forced down to the core of the Earth where they were trapped. As the crust got thicker, it squeezed around the inner core, which created intense pressure and heat from within the Earth. Crystals and other solid forms began to grow from the mineral vapors that were being released. As the Earth's crust began to expand and erode, heat and pressure pushed the solid minerals up to the Earth's surface, which formed huge rock beds. It took over a hundred million years to form some of these beds.
Most of these minerals can be identified by their color, hardness, and crystal formation. Crystals come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The wide arrays of these minerals are often difficult to identify. Many stones look very similar to each other; however, they are all very different. Stone is a natural product and may vary from slab to slab and tile to tile. A majority of natural stone comes from Italy, Spain, Turkey, United States, Mexico, China, Taiwan, India, Greece, Canada, France, and Brazil.
LIMESTONE has a soft, muted color pallete with little pattern variation. It can be polished or honed, and is used in bathrooms, fireplaces, countertops, and less-traveled floor spaces.
GRANITE is strong, durable, and comes in many colors and designs. It is ideal for flooring, countertops, vanities, exterior use, and structural projects. It is also the most maintenance-free of all stone.
BLUESTONE is richly colored and typically blue and grey. It is a type of sandstone formed from a mixture of quartz particles and sand. It is highly durable and can be used for both internal & external spaces.
TRAVERTINE was used in ancient architecture (e.g., The Colosseum). It has an antique look that improves with age bringing an elegance to any space.
SLATE is rustic stone with traces of metal and earth. It is hard, durable and available in many colors. It is used outside and indoors. It looks good and is a cost effective solution for walls, floors and countertops.
SANDSTONE is available in vibrant tones that reflect the colors of nature. Sandstone is known for its durability, dynamic color palette, and exotic beauty.
ONYX has an incredible depth of color (yellow, brown, green, orange, white). Onyx is nearly pure crystalline silica and is related to agate, a semi-precious stone. Onyx tiles are used for flooring and wall applications.
MARBLE is elegant and available in many colors and patterns. Countertops and floors are beautiful, unique, durable, and can tolerate high temperatures and wear and tear.
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