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Cantera Stone: What is it?

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Cantera is a natural stone that is very similar to cast stone and cast limestone. It is exclusively found in and imported from numerous regions of Mexico and Central America. It is a soft and highly durable material that can be hand carved into literally anything one can imagine. It is porous and light weight, which means it is easy to manipulate and maneuver, making it easy to ship anywhere in the world. 

It is formed naturally by a blend of volcanic ash and dust. The ash is washed into a bed of mineral silt and mixed with the lava, dirt and rocks that are already present on the ground. This combination is what gives Cantera its light and absorbent properties. It can come in a wide range of unique and natural colors and tones.  It also has a few varying texture options. It can be available in a smooth texture or with engraved texture for a non-slip surface.

Cantera stone is becoming a very popular architectural stone in custom homes because conveys a natural and timeless beauty that dates back to thousands of years ago. Several buildings, including malls, hotels and office spaces, along with statues and monuments have been erected using this beautiful stone. It has stood for centuries in many cathedrals, haciendas and other buildings throughout Latin America. Some of the most common ways that Cantera is utilized indoors include as fireplaces and mantels, columns of several kinds including roman and Corinthian, door surrounds and as kitchen stone range hoods. This pliable stone can be utilized outdoors as well. It absorbs air and humidly without causing expansion, making it perfect for any outdoor or wet space. For example, Cantera is highly used for custom fountains, pool deck tiles, balustrades, pool coping, and plant pottery. However, one does not have to limit themselves to just these few things.  If you are looking to add a distinctive luxurious feel to your home or office, Cantera is a reliable choice.



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