Stop by our slab yard to see our current inventory or ask our Fabrication department about sourcing a specific slab type.

Got a small project? Ask about our remnants which are a great option for vanities, hearths, shower benches, etc. 

SLAB TYPES & CARE INFORMATION

GRANITE:

Granite - Granite is one of the hardest stones available. Granite is the number one choice for high use areas, such as a kitchen countertop, because it is extremely dense and durable. It cannot be scratched in ordinary use and will actually dull knives. The only materials that can scratch granite are tools designed specifically to cut it, such as those made of diamond or tungsten. Chipping only occurs when granite is severely abused with impact tools, like a hammer.

 

MARBLE:

Marble is a crystallized limestone that comes in many different color variations and usually displays a veining pattern that adds to its uniqueness. marble is a durable material that can be used for kitchens, but the look and the required maintenance are not for everyone. Marbles are calcium-based materials and are therefore susceptible to etching, staining, and scratching. Etching occurs when acids microscopically eat away at the surface of the stone, leaving dull spots in the material. This effect can be visually minimized by using a honed surface instead of a polished surface. Also, since marble is more porous than granite, it is more prone to staining and scratching, so we recommend that a penetrating sealer be applied to marble twice a year to protect it against damage. Any spills that occur should be wiped up immediately. Despite these maintenance points, marble countertops have been used for centuries to epitomize elegance.

 

QUARTZITE:

Quartzite is a silica-based stone with durability comparable to that of granite. It is a metamorphic stone that is formed when sandstone is transformed through heat and pressure, a process which maintains the stone’s fine sandy texture. Quartzites can often be very colorful, and are very resistant to chemical and abrasive deterioration, making them excellent choices in kitchens and in areas with higher traffic.

 

TRAVERTINE/LIMESTONE:

Typically, these stones are honed with the matte finish although some of the harder types can be polished. As these stones are even more porous than marble, they may require more preventative maintenance over time. The mineral content, areas of application, and care for limestone and travertine are almost identical. They do have distinctive characteristics, however, which stem from the different way in which each stone was formed. Limestone tends to have a more solid look with a particulate texture and possible inclusion of fossils. There may be some color variation between tiles, but overall the look of installed limestone is usually understated and European. Travertine, on the other hand, has more variation within each piece and can show off its texture in both linear vein-cut materials or in the whorls and clouds of the cross-cut varieties. The small holes that are inherent in travertine were created by escaping carbon dioxide when the stone was formed. Typically, these holes are filled at the factory before the tile is sold. Travertine has an overall sense of warmth which makes it very popular for residential and hospitality applications.

 

SANDSTONE:

Sandstones are sedimentary stones with a small and consistent crystal structure that can vary dramatically in density and durability. You will see that while there are only a few sandstone options durable enough to be used in building projects, they can be quite unique.

 

SOAPSTONE:

Soapstone is a soft but very dense stone which has been used for centuries. Today, it has a revered status as a kitchen countertop material with some bakers and cooks. Soapstone is also chemically inert, non-reactive to harsh chemicals, and extremely heat stable. Cooks enjoy the ability to set hot pans directly on the surface. It is extremely dense, even more dense than granite. Soapstone will naturally darken over time, although most industry professionals advise using mineral oil to hasten the darkening to make it more even in appearance in the meantime.

 

ONYX:

Onyx is formed as a sedimentary stone in caves when mineral deposits build up and stalactites and stalagmites grow together. It is more fragile than other types of stone, susceptible to both chemical and abrasive deterioration, and therefore more suitable for low traffic areas or vertical applications. Admired for its translucency and gem-like properties, onyx is the undisputed “princess” of the stone world. Onyx’s breath-taking beauty can be magnified by backlighting, and thrives on being the center of attention. With colors ranging from white, to honey colored neutrals, to stunning blues, greens, red and gold, the choices are more varied than ever.

 

QUARTZ (MAN-MADE):

Industry-wide, all quartz countertops are made with 93 percent quartz or they cannot claim the hardness, durability, or impermeability of a true quartz surface. The prescribed mixture results in a product that is non-porous, exceedingly durable. Engineered quartz is manufactured by blending natural quartz with 5 to 7 percent polymer resins. Pigments are added to the mix to achieve the myriad hues in which engineered quartz is available. Its texture can be fine or coarse, depending on how it is processed, and can be combined with glass and other reflective materials for a sparkling finish. Quartz countertops are heat resistant, not heat proof, so don't place hot pots, pans, or bakeware on them without a trivet or protective hot mat.

 

NEOLITH:

Neolith line sees the world of Hard-surface/Countertops as an environment where design and functionality co-exist as well as elegance and durability, aesthetic details and technical characteristics. With this purpose, Neolith brings life to a surface that is extremely resistant to scratching, high temperatures, chemicals and UV rays in addition to being stain resistant and featuring practically zero absorption due to its porosity of nearly 0%. Neolith also offers more than 50 models in different finishes to satisfy all types of tastes, needs and trends for any owner, interior designer or architect anywhere in the world.

 

Showroom Hours:
Monday-Friday :: 7:30 AM- 4:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday :: Closed
*Please note that Fabrication leaves at 3:45 PM

 

 

Montana Tile & Stone

58 Peregrine Way

Bozeman, MT. 59718

Tile Showroom: 406.587.6114

Fabrication: 406.556.8417