Friday, June 01, 2007

GB Quartzite - Not Just For Pavers Anymore

An excellent choice of material for pavers, wall caps and pool coping applications is a quartzite stone. The GB Quartzite that I carry is one of the most popular quartzites for these applications.
Quartzite is a great choice because it is a very hard stone formed from quartz and/or feldspar, which are common minerals found in the Earth’s crust. Quartzite started its life as a sandstone, and was converted to quartzite by applying heat and pressure to the stone.

To get an idea of how strong the stone is think of this.

Imagine taking a piece of sandstone and baking it in a furnace until enough of the minerals melt to create a cement like bonding agent. Then apply pressure to the stone while you are slowly cooling it. This is the metamorphosis that sandstone undergoes to become quartzite. After it is slowly cooled it is pushed to the surface of the Earth, where it is quarried and processed into pieces of stone that are used to adorn beautiful landscape applications.

Because the stone has been formed by heat and pressure bonding the sedimentary layers together it is very hard. However, it still maintains its grain which was formed when sediments were compacted together to form layers. The layers were then compressed to form sandstone formations. The heat and pressure created enough energy to bond the layers together, but not enough for the stone to lose its grain. Because quartzite still has a strong grain in it, it can only be processed by splitting it in the direction of the grain. If you try to split against the grain of the stone it will shatter and fall apart.

This is the main reason why the stone is quarried in pieces that are much smaller than granite, sandstone or marble. My maximum lengths for the 2 inch thick coping pieces is 36 inches. The maximum width is 24 inches. This still allows for a very nice piece of coping that is proportional to the pavers and other coping products.

Because of the grain formation the stone needs to be rocked from the edge and not the top. This edge rocking creates a very rough split looking edge that highlights the grain and different mineral colors that are captured in the stone.
I think it looks fantastic. Take a look at some of the pieces that I fabricated for pool coping and let me know what you think. The pool coping runs right to the edge of the pool with the quartzite pavers butting up to the coping. All of the material is cut from the same stone so it is a perfect match.
The range of colors for the quartzite is another reason that it is such a popular stone for paving, coping, wallcaps and accent pieces. The minerals that helped form the cementing material as well as iron oxide, carbonate and clay all give the stone its vibrant full range of color. These colors include gray, brown, yellow, tan, pinks and dark shades of reds. This palette of color provides for some very interesting streaks, lenses and textures that are not found in any other stones.
Quartzite is a stone that is just starting to find its way into pool coping and wallcap applications. If you are looking for a product that is durable, lively and original try my quartzite. It will wear well both functionally and aesthetically.

Let me know what applications you have for my quartzite stone. You will enjoy the product for many years.

I read this quote from a motivational newsletter that is put out by the Napoleon Hill Foundation. I think it is sage information that we should think about everyday.

“Strife and struggle can inspire you to overcome adversity and to propel yourself to real achievement. View every struggle as an opportunity for personal growth. It is the struggle itself, not the result that builds character. If you know you are right, stay the course even though the whole world seems to be against you and everyone you know questions your judgment. When you prevail-and you eventually will if you stick to the job-they will all tell you that they knew all along you could do it.”

Enjoy the weekend!

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