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  • 12/4/2019 7:39 AM

PT 2: Sedimentary stones

GMS Werks offers customers with commercial and residential spaces the opportunity to choose the natural stone that works best for their space. While these stones might appear to all be the same to the untrained eye, the slight differences in the stone and where they were made makes all the difference! 

While metamorphics stones are the most common on the market, do not forget about sedimentary stones. 

What are sedimentary stones

Sedimentary rocks are formed from preexisting rocks or pieces of once living-organisms. These organisms form the deposits on Earth’s surface and create a layer of rock like crust which is known as sedimentary rocks! These types of rocks are found in rivers, lakes and the most common place is the ocean. 

These organisms die and fall to the bottom of the ocean floor, and as they decompose, the organisms start to form sediment. Yes, these rocks are made up of dead organisms, but they are also made out of pre-existing rocks! These pre-existing rocks have slowly chipped away at the water from rivers and oceans. As these rocks are slowly chipped away at, the sediment travels to new places to help form new rocks! 

Sedimentary rocks are formed and transformed by the ocean and rivers they exist in! 


This type of sedimentary stone is made of calcium carbonate which forms into mineral calcite. This type of natural stone is known to be durable and used throughout history due to the fact of where it is formed. The Greeks and Romans commonly used limestone to build statues and temples, but fast-forward to the future and this stone can be used for interiors or exteriors! 

Fun Fact: If limestone is allowed to be formed for long enough it can turn into marble! 

This materials is one of the easiest natural stone on the market to cut which makes it a preferred choice for contractors. Limestone can be installed in the following ways: 

  • Fireplaces

  • Countertops 

  • Flooring

  • Backsplashes

  • Accent Walls 

As limestone begins to transform and mold into the natural stone that everyone knows and loves, it can transform to travertine. 


Travertine is formed out of limestone which means this stone has been commonly used since the Roman Empire. While travertine and limestone are formed from one another, these two stone’s appearances are different. Travertine is easy to cut, durable and cheaper than other stones on the market. 

Travertine is a unique stone, not only where it forms, but because this stone can be transformed into large tile for flooring purposes. Yes, all natural stone can be made into flooring, but travertine is especially easy and is a light-weight flooring option for a home. 

Travertine can also be installed into kitchens and bathrooms due to the fact that it is ONE of the oldest building materials that can be offered to homeowners and commercial spaces. This type of stone can be installed as slabs in these spaces, but this stone does require a bit more maintenance than others on the market! 

GMS Werks offers customers with a 50,000 square foot warehouse of metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous natural stone slabs with thousands of colors and varieties available for their choosing. Contact us today to set up a walk through our warehouse!  

We have been meeting the needs of both residential and commercial customers for over 90 years.