Entries by Dean Hung

What is Travertine

What is Travertine Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or […]

Granite As A Building Material

Granite As A Building Material Granite is one of the most popular building materials. It has been used for thousands of years in both interior and exterior applications. Granite dimension stone is used in buildings, bridges, paving, monuments and many other exterior projects. Indoors, polished granite slabs and tiles are used in countertops, tile floors, […]

What is Slate

What is Slate The word slate is sometimes used to describe any stone that splits into flat slabs and is used as roofing tiles. True slate, however, is a very distinctive dark grey, brittle metamorphic rock that flakes into smooth, flat sheets. It is created when shales and clays are altered by low-grade regional metamorphism […]

Granite Natural Rock

Granite Natural Rock What is Granite? Granite is an igneous rock composed of mostly two minerals: quartz and feldspar. It is an intrusive rock, meaning that it crystallized from magma that cooled far below the earth’s surface. Its name is derived from the Latin word ‘granum’, which means ‘grain’, a reference to the easily-seen minerals […]

Bluestone in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bluestone in Melbourne, Victoria There are two distinct building materials called “bluestone” in Australia. In Victoria, what is known as bluestone is a basalt or olivine basalt. It was one of the favoured building materials during the Victorian Gold Rush period of the 1850s. In Melbourne it was extracted from quarries throughout the inner northern […]