Basalt Stone from Egypt:
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Basalt is a volcanic stone that has been used in architecture for centuries. Basaltina, one of the premium basalts in Stone Source’s catalog of materials, has a particularly rich history. It is quarried near Egypt and was used by ancient Egypt to Make Pharaonic statues and like this on Roma. Examples of its uses in architecture can still be seen still today. Basalts are rich in magnesium, feldspar, pyroxene, and iron, with hints of olivine and amphibole; all of which are siliceous materials similar to those in granite. Although Basalts boast the durability of granite, they tend to have the consistent coloration, markings, and subtlety of a limestone.
Geology of Basalt:
Care + Maintenance Tips:
Do not use resin-filled material outside, as the resin will discolor over time. Choose cement-filled or unfilled materials as an alternative.
Always seal this material prior to grouting or use.
Always use a grout that is similar in color to the stone to avoid a picture-frame effect.
To reduce the appearance of staining in kitchen countertop applications, always wipe up spills immediately. Oil and highly-pigmented liquids can penetrate and stain the stone and may need poultice to remove the stain.