The Magic of Cantera Stone: Versatile & Durable Beauty

Cantera stone pillarsFor as long as human beings have been building structures, they have been using natural materials in order to bring the beauty of nature and all her splendor and glory into our homes. Whether it is limestone, granite, or the very popular and desired Cantera stone, builders seek to bring the functionality and durability of these stones to our fireplaces, kitchens, and backyards. Here at FN Decorative Concrete, we know the exhilarating power of Cantera stone, which is one of the most sought out stones in the Southwest due to its regional proximity and other desirable characteristics. This stone is often affectionately called lava stone or Cantera stone and is seen a lot in rustic decor and Southwestern style adobe homes. Let’s take a look at this wonderful stone, where it comes from and the properties that make her the queen of the Southwest. 

Cantera stone, on her face, is a beautiful stone reminiscent of Latin provincial estates, haciendas, and classic fountains. It is similar to cast limestone and is imported from regions in Mexico and Central America.  This beloved stone is a naturally occurring mineral formed over the course of millions of years of compression of volcanic ash and lava. It is created of a blend of volcanic ash and dust. The stone’s light and absorbent properties are created thanks to the ash mixing with the lava, dirt, and rocks that are already present on the ground. For centuries, it has been used as a construction material or ornamental material on various structures. 

This timeless stone is commonly seen in Latin America in various cathedrals, fountains, statues, building columns and more. It certainly possesses a pastoral quality, as it is seen from anything from ancient cathedrals to contemporary homes.  People often use it in their homes in their backyards to improve decor, columns, patios, etc. The stone is quite versatile and durable and therefore optimal for a variety of projects. 

The Versatile Stone that Keeps On Giving

When it comes to building materials, architects and designers always look for materials or options that are going to last but will offer some versatility and altering ability. People often struggle to think a stone is malleable. Cantera stone, however, can be manipulated or carved and decorated easily and is durable against weather, humidity, and more. 

This stone also comes in a wide array of colors, which gives you customizable options. The Southwest style tends to include neutral and warm hues, which go great with Cantera stone and a mixture of wooden structures as well. The colors exude a timeless beauty, one that is both simultaneously classic and contemporary. 

Cantera stone can be used for the following:

  • Columns 
  • Fireplaces
  • Tile floors 
  • Fountains 

In addition, Cantera stone is often used in commercial properties such as malls, hotels, restaurants, and offices. Its permeable nature also makes it a great option for creating non-slip surfaces and can thus be utilized in rustic-style kitchens, bathrooms, or areas with a lot of foot traffic.

Depending on what you’re looking for, Cantera might be the right choice for your project or vision. It is also important to understand the characteristics of the stone to ensure that it is installed properly and sealed accordingly when necessary. 

Add Timeless Beauty to  Your Backyard or Patio

Cantera stone is a highly durable material that can be hand-carved because it is porous and lightweight. In fact, designers and architects can get quite detailed when it comes to carving out designs or other decorative finishes. The fact that it is lightweight also makes it easier to ship from its native lands to the United States. Traditionally, the stone is used to enhance residential or a commercial building’s structure and decor. 

If you’re looking to install a backyard fountain, for example, Cantera stone is a great choice. This stone contains unique thermal properties. This allows it to absorb air and humidity without expanding or contracting. This is a great quality, as it means the stone can be exposed to rain, humidity, and water and not warp or be compromised. 

Cantera Stone and Southwest Style or Rustic Style

You know it when you see it. The identifiable Southwest style that is so famous and sought after in places like Arizona, New Mexico, and even West Texas. The style is influenced by a particular landscape and culture and is beloved in more places than just the Southwest. The style draws its influences from the Spanish and why the style shares some elements with the Spanish revival style. 

Stand Out and Be Unique With Cantera Stone 

Whether you are a homeowner or own a commercial property, your structures are highly important. If longevity and beauty are important to you, give us a call for more information about Cantera stone and what we can build for you. Infuse your home with more than just material; give it life and luster and energy of magical stones like Cantera and more. Call FN Decorative Concrete today. 


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