THE ART OF DECORATIVE CONCRETE FINISHES
Cantera, A Mexican Stone Where Beauty and Function Collide
Cantera stone has been used on buildings for centuries.
The Spanish word “cantera” translates to the English word “quarry,” which is a place where rock, stone, or slate escapes the ground. Cantera originates from Mexico and Central America where it’s mined from volcanic rock. The properties of the rock are exclusive and hard-to-match with synthetic stone options given that cantera is rich in color, texture, and durability. Although the rock is durable, there are several ways it can be cut and carved into unique shapes and designs. Throughout Latin America, the stone is seen in the oldest cathedrals and haciendas. The popularity of design translated to the United States, where now cantera is seen in hotels, restaurants, and homes.
Create Modern and Timeless Looks with Cantera
One of the greatest benefits of cantera in addition to its durability is that the appearance is both classic and contemporary. The options are also essentially endless given that the stone comes in different colors and can be conformed to fit varying shapes and structures. Considering that the stone is permeable, it also creates non-slip surfaces, which is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, or areas with heavy foot traffic. We always recommend applying a sealer on top of the tile because it will absorb the water.
While the color can depend on the region the stone is excellent for commercial and residential applications.
Colors of the stone include:
- Shades of dark to light brown
- Light pink and red
- Shades of orange
- Grey to dark black
Common applications and uses:
- Accent walls inside homes
- Commercial use such as malls, hotels, restaurants, and offices
- Floors as tile
- Full or partial exteriors of homes
- Kitchen range hoods