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Where does Marble come from?

The word “marble” derives from the Ancient Greek μάρμαρον (mármaron) that translates into “crystalline rock, shining stone”. Marble is a metamorphic rock composed of recrystallised carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite. It forms from limestone being subjected to an immense amount of pressure and heat for long periods of time.

Marble’s popularity as a building material began in ancient Rome and Greece, often used for structures, massive pillars or sculptures. Right from the impressive columns of the Parthenon in Athens to the Pantheon in Rome, marble has been incorporated by architects for centuries. More examples of the countless historic architecture across the globe crafted by marble include the Taj Mahal, the leaning tower of Pisa as well as the Washington Monument & Lincoln Memorial. While Marble is quarried around the world, today’s biggest marble producers are Italy, Spain, China, Greece and Turkey.

Is Marble durable?

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Marble is an extremely durable material, usually harvested in enormous slabs directly from mountain sides, making it ideal for large applications. Marble is also heat-resistant and remains cool naturally which makes it a popular choice particularly for countertop surfaces and interior or exterior flooring. If you are seeking for a higher level of density and durability choosing the right type of marble and stone finish is a vital factor to consider.

Like all natural stones, Marble is a living, breathing material which needs a little more diligence when it comes to upkeep. Finishing your marble countertop or marble floor tiles with an appropriate penetrating sealant is vital for long-term performance. As long as you are aware of the measures of sealing and caring for your marble properly, you can be a proud owner of a distinctive masterpiece that is exclusively yours and will last a lifetime.

Below are some guidelines to keep your marble looking its best.

Are Marble bench tops and tiles easy to maintain?

The maintenance requirements depend on the type and texture of marble that you select for your project, but as long as you follow these simple steps your marble stone will stay looking beautiful for years:

Like for all natural stone, regular sealing and cleaning are vital for the long-term performance of marble: 

Sealing: All marble products must be finished correctly with an appropriate sealant during the installation process and re-sealed after a few years, depending on surface usage and traffic. We recommend and supply various ‘Lithofin Stain Stop’ sealants for different applications. Find more information about Lithofin at the bottom.

Cleaning & Maintenance: Marble surfaces must be cleaned with warm water and a mild pH neutral cleaner only, as harsh chemicals and acid cleansers can eventually break down the sealer and disturb the finish. Spilled liquids should not be left unattended and wiped up quickly to avoid staining and etching of the material. Always use protective mats to place hot items on the natural stone and put coasters under glasses to prevent unseen spills from remaining on the marble benchtop.

Is Marble suitable for both, indoor and outdoor use?

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Unlike some other flooring types, marble tiles are timeless and will still look as beautiful many years down the track as it does today. It’s a natural material that offers a multitude of textures, colours, and patterns that can add significant value to a home.

Marble is suitable for use both inside and out seamlessly connecting your indoor and outdoor spaces. Thanks to its versatility marble tiles and slabs suit virtually every style of home. When it comes to using marble outdoors, choosing an appropriate stone finish is a vital factor to the function of the stone. Learn more about how different finishes alter the aesthetic appeal and functionality of the stone here.

The most common forms of marble tile and slab installations (residential or commercial) include:

Bottom Line – Why choose Marble?

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Marble has carved its place in history, endorsed by the ancient structures that withstood forces of nature and stood the test of time. It is a natural stone in a class of its own, prized for its timeless beauty, durability, and versatility.
 
When it comes to sheer luxury Marble has no rivals and never goes out of style. A material renowned for its unique ability to adapt to contemporary lifestyles and tastes.
 
Marble stone is heat-resistant and is used to cool down living spaces. It’s also commonly used in fireplaces and can withstand high temperatures without losing any of its beauty.
 
There are countless varieties of Marble tiles and Marble slabs with a colour palette to suit all tastes. Indoors, marble tiles can be used in every part of the home, elevating interior spaces to new levels of refinement. Outdoors, it keeps cool, even in direct sunlight, ideal for the Australian lifestyle.
 
While it has been the epitome of historical buildings and architectural delights for years, the material has become a touch of elegance for every modern home. Marble is an excellent investment – with mindful use and a good design, it is a cost-effective way to enhance the value of your home.

OUR NATURAL STONE SEALANT TIP FOR YOU

Lithofin Stain Stop Sealers & Pre-Sealers
For invisible protection against staining and facilitating the maintenance of natural stone.  Lithofin Stain Stop penetrates into the surface and coats the capillaries with an extremely thin, invisible film. Contact us and we will gladly advise the Lithofin product specifically suitable for your chosen type of stone and finish.

Lithofin natural stone sealer

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    Finish: Honed & Unfilled
    Size: 950x600x20mm
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    Natural Stone Slabs

    Large Format Natural Stone Tiles

    In superior quality, handpicked for you!

    Travertine Large Format

     

     

    Available Finishes: Honed & Unfilled (Interior) & Antique (Exterior)
    Size: 1000x1000x20mm tiles, 1000x1000x30mm Pool Coping
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    The smooth, uninterrupted look of large-format tiles provides a dramatic appearance and a sense of gravitas. It works perfectly in larger spaces as well as limited areas you want to appear more spacious and open.  Large format tiles provide a seamless and continuous floor as visual interruption is reduced with fewer grout joints, creating a more cohesive look that allows to visually lengthen the size of a room or floor space without compromising on a design.

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    Odessa Marble

    Natural Stone Slabs

    Introducing elegance into your home with

    ODESSA

     

    Odessa Marble – timeless and elegant – will add a touch of luxury to any decor by incorporating it into your design.

    Durable and versatile, Odessa has perfect clarity, definition and veining and will create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. The marble is available in a variety of finishes which help dictate the functional characteristics of this stone and its variety of uses.

    Natural Stone Slabs

    Available Finishes

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    Finish: HONED

     

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    Finish: SANDWASHED

     

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    Finish: SANDBLASTED

     

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    Finish: HEAVY SANDBLASTED

     

    Stone Type: Marble
    Finishes: Honed, Sandwashed, Sandblast, Heavy Sandblast, Bushhammered & Brushed
    Sizes: 300×600, 400×800, 600×600, 1000×1000, 1200×600, slabs, custom size

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    Natural stone finishes

    Surface finishes not only alter the appearance but more importantly the performance of natural stone tiles. It is essential to choose finishes suitable for the intended use, particularly for any outdoor floor application. Using different techniques will affect the stone’s functionality providing different slip resistance, weather resistance and water resistance. Our natural stone tiles are available in a wide variety of finishes, colours and sizes. Let’s explore the most popular natural stone finishes of STS STONE:

    Natural Stone Exterior Finishes

    SANDBLASTED

    In sandblasting, a high-pressure jet of siliceous sand or steel shots is applied to the area to be treated. This treatment produces a smooth abrasion, leaving the material with a slightly scratched (but not rugged) surface. The colour tones and the veins are slightly dulled. Sandblasted stone has a degree of slip-resistance, making it an ideal finish for exterior applications.

    Recommended use: Outdoor floors, alfresco & pool areas, pool coping, paving, pathways, driveways

    ANTIQUE (SANDBLASTED & BRUSHED)

    After the stone has undergone a sandblasting process, the surface is then brushed with mechanical wires to make the stone smooth and slightly restore the colour. Stone in Antique finish is perfect for outside areas when slip-resistance is important.

    Recommended use: Outdoor floors, alfresco & pool areas, pool coping, paving, pathways, driveways

    FLAMED & BRUSHED

    This process entails passing a blowpipe that emits a high-temperature flame over the surface to be treated. The heat acts by blowing the crystals out as they suffer thermal shock, with an effect that is particularly evident in materials composed of minerals with various degrees of expansion, (such as the vast majority of granites). The resulting surface is rough, non-slip and generally faded in colour, thereby hiding defects and tone variations. Ideal for all exterior applications.

    Recommended use: Outdoor floors, alfresco & pool areas, pool coping, paving, pathways, driveways

    BUSH HAMMERED & BRUSHED

    A bush-hammered and brushed effect is obtained by pounding the material surface mechanically or by hand with a specific multi-pointed tool. End result is a rugged surface full of little grazes at the impact points and a lighter colour. This process gives the stone more texture and enhances slip resistance. Mostly used in exterior areas.

    Recommended use: Outdoor floors, alfresco & pool areas, pool coping, paving, pathways, driveways

    TUMBLED

    The tumbled finish is essentially an ageing effect. This finish creates softer surfaces and rumbled edges suited for Travertines & Limestones. Tumbled look is aesthetically pleasing and exudes character and warmth and suits an French provincial design style. Suitable for use indoors and outdoors.

    Recommended use: Travertine tiles in tumbled finish for outdoors. Limestone tiles in tumbled finish for indoors

    Interior Finishes

    POLISHED

    A polished finish is created when a stone surface reaches its most refined stage. It is buffed to the highest level possible, and the results are either a high shine or the actual highest level of shine that can be achieved naturally. This finish gives the stone a very elegant and rich look, providing it with a pinnacle depth of colour.

    Recommended use: Indoor only. Floors, walls, benchtops, kitchen islands, splashbacks, bathrooms, cut to size features

    HONED

    A honed finish is achieved when rubber heads smooth out the stone’s surface to create an overall consistency and uniformity in the stone’s texture. When suppliers are finalising a honed finish, they typically sand the stone just before it reaches the polishing phase. This accounts for its lack of glossiness and gives the stone a more matte appearance. Natural stones in Honed finish have a smooth, non-reflective, satiny sheen and are mainly used for interior floors and walls.

    Recommended use: Indoor only. Floors, walls, benchtops, kitchen islands, splashbacks, bathrooms, cut to size features

    Belmondo BrushedBRUSHED

    The brushed finish gives the stone surface a slightly textured feel and aged nature. Using hard nylon or steel mechanical brushes the natural stone tile results in a rough to the touch but rather smooth finish.

    Recommended use: Indoor countertops, vanities, feature walls.

    LEATHERED

    A leathered finish stone has a surface that is textured and pebbly, like leather. This type of finish is achieved by further processing the stone through sanding and buffing, sometimes using brushes and water jets. While the surface appears well-worn and weathered, it is pleasantly smooth to the touch. Stone in a Leathered finish feature a soft sheen and a textured appearance. Only certain hard-wearing types of stone slabs like quartzite, dolomite and granite can get leathered.

    Recommended use: Indoor bench tops, kitchen islands, feature walls.

    October 12, 2021 0 comment
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    Natural Stone Slabs

    Created by nature, brought to you by STS

    Our beautiful collection of premium-quality slabs, handpicked from the finest quarries around the world to complement latest Australian design trends. Effortlessly elegant, each exhibiting a unique character, natural stone slabs have the power to transform every design project into a work of art.

     

    JUST IN: Our ultimate strength collection, the perfect balance between functionality & aesthetics.

    Extremely hard-wearing and durable quartzite, dolomite and granite slabs.

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    Stone type: Quartzite

    Finish: Leathered

    Indicative size: 3400x1900x20

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    Stone type: Dolomite

    Finish: Honed

    Indicative size: 2750×1700

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    Stone type: Granite

    Finish: Honed

    Indicative size: 2560x1360x20

    September 10, 2021 0 comment
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    Luxury apartments put new shine on Bondi Post Office

    designed by William Smart of Smart Design
    developed & built by Taylor
    supplied by STS STONE 

    We are proud to be a part of this incredible project of new luxury boutique apartments located at the original Bondi Post Office site, footsteps away from the iconic Bondi Beach. Twenty Hall designed by William Smart of Smart Design and delivered by the developer/builder Taylor will retain historically significant parts of the existing building while embarking on a contemporary extension marrying the old and the new. STS Crema Valencia Limestone was selected for interior floors throughout the living areas complementing Bondi’s beachy feel and exquisite natural environment.

    May 27, 2021 0 comment
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    Discover Porcelain: An excellent complement to natural stone

    To be able to offer you the ideal solution for each application, we complement our natural stone range with a handpicked premium selection of porcelain tiles and slabs. A safe alternative that balances aesthetics, functionality and costs.

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    Outdoor stone tiles Sydney

    While summer officially ended, the days are still long and nights warm and cosy. A perfect time to still enjoy entertaining outdoors, the garden or the pool. Natural stone is the ideal material that adds a sense of style, luxury and sophistication to any alfresco area and landscape design.

    Drawing on over two decades in the industry, we can source premium stone from around the world and offer fit-for-purpose products for any build. We carry a comprehensive selection of outdoor stone tiles for walls, floors, driveways, pavers, stepping stones, cut to size pool coping and surrounds as well as stairs with various edge profiles as well as Mosaics from the top producers in the world.

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    STS Stone commercial projects showed a significant growth in the fast year, we are excited to share some of the recently completed office spaces, hotels and lobbies. Commercial design briefs differ from residential in terms of scale, proportion and customisation – giving the creative license to create unique cuts, dramatic contrasts and magnificent detailing.

     

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    Everyone who specifies flooring products has to ensure that flooring surfaces do not pose a safety risk. In our case, we talk about slippery resistance that shows how slippery the floor is.  Natural stone have to be tested due to the fact that the product is natural and has the significant variation of hardness and surface finishes which give different slip results.

    May 9, 2018 0 comment
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