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Selecting Limestone & Travertine takes care and knowledge of what to look for. The following information is intended to enlighten the novice as well as the experienced person as to what to look for when physically selecting granite slabs for your project.

1   Of all of the materials used for countertops, limestone and travertine have a range of pricing. It can range from the inexpensive to expensive. As cost is always a primary consideration, knowing what the limestone and travertine costs, or what price group it is in, could save time in the selection process.

2  As limestone and travertine are quarried stone created by nature, they inherently have many flaws and defects. The quarries will patch, fill, reinforce the back of the slab, and make other cosmetic enhancements in order to avoid scraping slabs. Thus, carefully and thoroughly, visually inspect each slab. Look for repairs, cracks, voids, fissures, and other imperfections. If these material imperfections are in the center of the stone, it will become part of the countertop. If they are on the edges of the slab, it may or may not be eliminated from the countertop. Will these imperfections be acceptable? If not, DO NOT select the slab.

3   After completing the visual inspection, run your fingers over the stone's surface. Your touch will uncover flaws that your eye missed.

4  Finally look at the back of the slab. If there is a mesh adhered to the back of the slab, the material is more prone to cracking and breaking. The mesh is a red flag to look for quarry made repairs to cracks, voids, and fissures in the stone. Even without the mesh backing, inspect closely for quarry made repairs and for un-repaired cracks, voids, and fissures in the stone.

5  Does the limestone or travertine being selected have dramatic color variations and/or veining throughout the slab? If so, seams in the fabricated countertop will be more apparent due to the color and/or grain shift from section to section. In order to minimize the apparent discontinuity, bookmarked slabs should be selected. That is, the slabs are quarried from the same stone block and are taken from the block in consecutive order. Bookmarking generally creates more waist from slabs as the color and pattern matching are more important than yield.

6  To assure consistency in the stone slabs, Rembrandt conducts this extensive and rigorous inspection process when material is received from the distributor.

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