WHAT IS NEOLITH MADE OF?
Composition: 100% natural based on 3 groups of elements:
1. Minerals from granite: quartz and feldspar which provide the product with hardness and strength.
2. Minerals from glass and silica that provide chemical stability.
3. Natural oxides that offer chromatic properties.
WHAT IS NEOLITH?
Neolith Estatuario 12mm Polished Countertop / Neolith Estatuario 6mm Pillar Covering & Backsplash
Neolith is part of a new and revolutionary product category that came about in the last decade to meet more demanding architectural and design needs.
It is not at all what is known as traditional “ceramic” or “stoneware” but rather evolved from these materials to the point that a new type of surface was created which was non-existent up until that time.
Neolith is the pioneer of the Sintered Compact Surface industry.
Natural Stone for Lasting Beauty
(above) Italian Mtns.
Natural Stones have been the premiere building material for millions of years inall regions of the world. Whether your building a new home or remodeling, natural stone offers unparalleled beauty, permanence, uniqueness and lasting value.
The Right Stone for your Project
You have unlimited options when it comes to Natural Stone for your Project. Choosing the right Material is a very personal decision, and always varies on your lifestyle, location, and taste.
Always ideal for foyers, bathrooms, floors, and even fireplaces. Depending on the use Marble is great in the kitchen with the right protective sealants.
Quartzite & Granite
Granite and Quartzite’s are well known for their long lasting durability. An excellent choice for kitchens, and other high traffic heavily used areas.
Travertine, Limestone, & Soapstone
“Beautiful enhancements for the home, inside and out”(— MIA) Great for indoor, outdoor, staircases, flooring, wall cladding and much more.
Here are the facts about natural stone
Granite is ranked #1 as the most cleanable compared to 6 other countertop surfaces including stainless steel, and Engineered Stone. (Based on a study by the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management).
Marble has increasingly become a popular choice for countertops due to its unmatched beauty and timeless appeal. Unfortunately, one of the major concerns with marble countertops is acid etching. Acid etching can occur on any calcareous stone such as marble, limestone, sandstone, and travertine. Mild acids like those found in many fruits and vegetables or even soft drinks will react with the calcium in the stone slightly altering the finish creating a dull spot. Typically etch marks are not detectable to the touch and are often only visible in certain light. Sometimes the etch mark will appear slightly darker than the surrounding area, leading some to believe it is a stain. Sealers help protect your stone from stains but because acid etching is the result of chemical reaction sealers will not protect against acid etching. Installing countertops with a honed (matte) finish instead of a polished (glossy) finish will help to reduce the appearance of etch marks. One of the benefits of natural stone is that it can always be refinished and restored to its original condition.
Natural Stone is very low maintenance, often only requiring warm water, mild dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth to maintain its beauty.
Resin Treated Slabs
Most stone slabs imported to the United States have been treated with resin. Treating slabs with resin is simply a way to fill naturally occurring micro-fissures and tiny pits in the stone allowing for a smoother surface. The process usually involves applying liquid resin prior to the final polishing stage. The liquid is then drawn deep into the surface of the stone using a vacuum process, and the resin is allowed to cure. Once cured the slabs are then given their final finish, removing all excess resin from the surface. Slabs treated with resin are not coated; the remaining resin only resides in the pores and micro-fissures. Properly treating slabs requires skill and expertise which is why at Ollin we only work with experienced, reputable stone processors. When done properly, resin treating enhances the natural beauty and durability of the stone.
(Volatile Organic Compounds)
Research by the University of Tennessee’s Center for Clean Products found that Natural Stone does not directly emit any VOCs.
No other building material is as recyclable as Naterual Stone. Nearly 100% of stone from de-constructed projects is recyclable and able to be used on other projects, or crushed for use as roadbeds, etc…
Natural Stone Flooring
Flooring materials show age differently and at different rates. Flooring options, such as vinyl composition tile, require frequent refinishing and lose surface quality relatively quickly. In contrast, natural stone flooring ages gracefully and can last for centuries, as many historic examples illustrate. Of all the choices for flooring natural stone has also been proven to be one of the least expensive materials to maintain. While some estimates indicate a 50-year lifetime for flooring, the National Association of Home Builders expect natural stone, particularly granite, marble, and slate, to last approximately 100 years with proper maintenance.
The Urban Heat Island Effect
A significant impact of the built environment is the generation of a heat island, an area of increased ambient air temperature due to absorption and release of the sun’s energy by buildings and other manmade structures. Heat islands are most common in urban areas where surfaces are comprised of synthetic materials. In particular, roofing and pavement absorb heat from the sun, especially when their capability to reflect solar radiation is poor. When the absorbed heat is returned to the air (through convection), the resultant rise in temperature can be quite burdensome on air quality, natural resources, and ecosystems. Increases in temperature can fuel smog formation, creating visual impairment and health hazards. A constituent of smog is ground-level ozone, which can cause short-term or chronic respiratory injury. Heat islands are particularly of concern when the ambient temperature is high, clouds and wind are absent, and the sun sits at a steep angle to the earth’s surface. The sun is most powerful when at its highest point in the sky because incoming radiation strikes (horizontal) surfaces at nearly 90° angles, essentially allowing very little reflection of the heat. Cloud cover can mitigate this intensity, while ambient air temperature only exacerbates heat islands.
The amount of heat absorbed by a building determines the quantity of energy expended by the building’s cooling system. Increased heat absorption results in greater consumption of energy, and the generation of additional pollutants. Even when a building is cooled by precipitation, the heat transferred to the water can strain ecosystems of the receiving water body. Therefore, designing to mitigate the occurrence of heat islands is imperative in reducing the overall environmental footprint of a building. Light colored natural stone can greatly reduce the amount of heat and pollution a building contributes to the surrounding environment.
Should I Seal My Natural Stone?
Sealing is a common step taken on some stones as an extra precaution against staining. Sealing a stone does not make it stain proof; rather it makes the stone more stain resistant.
We recommend Dry-Treat Stone Care products for the Sealing and Care of your natural stone.
Stunning Material: Illuminated Onyx Stone
(above)Illuminated Onyx Alabaster Bar Design
(above) LEFT HALF: Bourbon Onyx/RIGHT HALF: Bourbon Onyx Backlit
This unique stone is formed from Limestone or Dolomite that has been dissolved in hot water. Often translucent and available in a range of colors and intensities unavailable in any other stone it is one of nature’s most beautiful creations. When “backlit” Onyx illuminates a multi-dimensional blend of whites, yellows, reds, oranges, and many more…
(Above: French Limestone Quarry)
Quarry Direct; Hand Picked
We believe in quality here at Ollin International, therefore we travel the world looking for high quality and unique natural stone. We frequently send our buyers around the world in search of the most beautiful materials. All of our natural stones are hand picked from our quarries in order to ensure our clients get the highest quality Natural Stone.
We import a majority of our material from Italy, Brazil, Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, and Israel.
The Use of Reclaimed Stone
Natural stone with its durability and flexibility of use is an excellent candidate for such practice. Adaptable to a range of applications, natural stone can almost always be reused and thus need not contribute to landfill waste. Moreover, extending the life cycle of the product reduces its overall environmental impact. Using reclaimed stone may even contribute to green building programs, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Adhesives — Tenax for Strength and Lasting Quality
We Choose Tenax for Our Stone
Adhesives are a crucial component in the stability and overall quality of your stone countertop. Tenax manufactures high end epoxy and polyester resins, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Many of these adhesives boast a speedy curing time, have extreme bonding strength, and are very easy to color. Installers with skills in applying adhesives are able to accomplish much more technical stone applications, and will produce a cleaner, more professional finished product. There are many other uses for Tenax’s various products, such as repairing fissures or filling natural holes in travertine, for example.
What is a Book Match?
What is a Book Match?
Book matching involves two slabs that are mirror images of each other. This is unique natural phenomenon that occurs when the large blocks of stone are pulled out of the quarry walls then cut and bundled together. “Book Matched” slabs open a whole new window of design opportunities.
Book Matching is great for:
—Large Countertops & Tables
— Ceiling to Floor Applications
— Shower Walls
—Over Sized Kitchen Islands
What types of Natural Stone do you carry?
Here at Ollin we carry a wide variety of stones including Marble, Granite, Quartzite, Travertine, Limestone, Onyx, and Soapstone in a variety of formats including slab and tile.