12 36 40 Stone Countertops

12 36 40 Stone Countertops

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8.5" x 11"


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Stone Countertops


CSI specification for design professionals to specify natural stone countertops, splashes, and aprons.


Many natural stones are suitable for use as countertops including granite, marble, quartzite, slate, soapstone, and onyx.


A porous stone such as limestone can also be used for countertops but are susceptible to staining. Applying a sealer to absorbent stone minimizes the possibility of staining but sealers wear off and must be reapplied.


Some granites give off radiation as a natural occurrence. Avoid using these stones in enclosed interior spaces.


Also, see section 12 36 16 – Solid Surfacing Countertops.




Stone Countertops

Stone Countertops

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