Quartzite is a hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally sandstone. Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure usually related to tectonic compression within organic belts. Pure quartzite is usually white to gray, though quartzites often occur in various shades of pink and red due to varying amounts of iron oxide. Other colors, such as yellow and orange, are due to other mineral impurities.
Granite is a hard crystalline, igneous or metamorphic rock primarily composed of feldspar, quartz and lesser amounts of dark minerals. It is visible crystalline in texture. The igneous rock is created deep within the earth from magma and cooled slowly under great pressure. Granite, the hardest building stone, has dense grain, which makes it impervious to stain. Granite is not a gomogenous rock and its composition caries depending on its location. Other less common components give granite a wide variation in look and color.
Marble is a metamorphic crystalline rock composed predominantly of crystalline grains of calcite, dolomite, or serpentine. Marble is generally formed from limestone undergoing metamorphism. When exposed to extremes of pressure or heat limestone turns into calcite or dolomite crystals, which are the primary materials in marble.
Limestone consists of sedimentary rock wholly or in large part composed of calcium carbonate. It is ordinary white but may be colored by impurities, iron oxide making it brown, yellow, or red and carbon making it blue, black, or gray. The texture varies from cores to fine. Most limestones are formed by the deposition and consolidation of the skeletons of marine invertebrates; a few originated in chemical precipitation from solution. Limestone deposits are frequently of great thicknesses.
Soapstone is a metamorphic rack that is largely composed of the mineral talc and is thus rich in magnesium. It is produced by dynamothermal metamorphisum and metasomatism, which occurs in the areas where tectonic plates are subducted, changing rocks by heat and pressure, with influx of fluids, but without melting. It has been a medium for carving for thousands of years. We are the Central California dealer for soapstone. We offer 6-8 different colors of soapstone.
Travertine is a form of massive calcium carbonate resulting from deposition by springs or rivers. Some varieties of travertine take a polish and are known commercially as marble. It is often beautifully colored and banded as a result of the presence of iron compounds or other impurities. Travertine is actually a dense closely compacted form of limestone.
Engineered material is actually created through a manufacturing process that mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. The result is a super-hard, low-maintenance, natural stone-look countertop available in a dazzling array of colors. And for many of the homeowners choosing quartz, those virtually unlimited color options are what sold them.
CaesarStone Quartz Surfaces and Countertops offer the ultimate combination of form and function, allowing for a more diverse, durable, and practical countertop surfacing material than either granite or marble. With its stain, scratch, and heat-resistant properties, CaesarStone is the ideal choice for care-free countertops.
Silestone offers a sophisticated elegance and timeless beauty. The natural quartz in Silestone delivers distinctive depth, brilliant clarity, glimmering radiance and a cool, solid feel unique to natural stone.
San Luis Marble is a certified fabricator for all these brands ensuring you get the best quality installation possible as well as a valid manufacturer’s warranty.
San Luis Marble is proud to offer a variety of environment friendly products. Recycled glass products are a great way to do your part in getting green while having beautiful counters.
Vetrazzo All of the glass used in Vetrazzo is recycled, and it makes up about 85% of the total material. Most of the glass comes from curbside recycling programs. Other glass comes from windows, dinnerware, stemware, windshields, stained glass, laboratory glass, reclaimed glass from building demolition, traffic lights and other unusual sources. Every Vetrazzo surface has its own history.
IceStone is the most healthy and environmentally responsible material on the market – 100% free of harmful plastics, toxic resins, and VOCs . Each slab is pre-cast in a day-lit factory that meets OSHA standards.
Dekton employs exclusive Sinterized Particle Technology, a high tech process which represents an accelerated version of the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes when subjected to high temperatures and pressure over thousands of years.
Sinterized particle technology synthesizes truly innovative procedures from the most advanced technology industries. This evolution represents a technological and industrial leap capable of generating a new process, a revolutionary material and a leading product.
San Luis Marble is the exclusive dealer for distinctive ceramic and porcelain tile makers, representing Richards & Sterling, Avalon, Malibu Tile, Encore, Antiquity Wiseman Spaulding, Bronzeworks Studio, Talisman, Stonepeak, Hirsch Glass, Metal Focus Tile, Wizard and more. Our designers will work with you to select the tile that best suits both your vision and your budget.