This beautiful stone comes from mother earth in a unique display of color and pattern. Granite is the top choice for high use areas, such as kitchen countertops and backsplashes because it is dense and durable. These slabs are also highly resistant to scratches and heat. Granite does require additional preventative maintenance of sealing over time but will deliver long lasting beauty to your home.
Nothing makes more of a statement than a beautiful granite slab. Known for their durability and longevity, granite slabs come in an abundance of colors, pattern or movement and finishes.
Different types of stone are better suited for different uses due to their degree of hardness and porosity. Granite is one of the top choices for high-use kitchen countertops since it is one of the hardest stones available.
Natural stone slabs begin as giant pieces of rock that are removed from large quarries and cut into slabs. Each slab has its own characteristics. Veining, crystallization, irregular markings, and shading are all considered normal aspects of natural stone and add to the beauty. Every slab of granite stone is unique.
"Stone is not perfect, it is original."
Veining is a natural part of the beauty of stone. It adds character and interest to any surface and may vary in consistency throughout the slab creating visual “movement” or pattern.
If the area where you are installing slab requires more than one piece, seaming is necessary. The placement of seams is dictated by the size of the slabs, density of the stone and the layout of the area. Granite slabs with more pronounced movement and veining may increase the visibility of the seams.
Even after the polishing or honing process, no granite slab will have a perfectly smooth surface. There may be small chips or pits that are sometimes apparent in different lighting conditions. Different lighting can also cause faint “cloudy spots” to become visible when viewing your countertop or wall from different angles.
Sealing your granite slab after installation will protect the stone’s original beauty and provide additional stain resistance. There are different types of sealers depending on the type of stone.
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Quartz countertops, also know as engineered stone, is a smart and stylish choice for your countertops. This highly durable, stain resistant material offers all the beauty found in natural stone and is practically, maintenance free. Captivating colors and gorgeous textures that will be right at home in any space.
Quartz counters are manufactured with nearly 100 percent quartz which is one of the hardest minerals found in earth, even harder than granite. The mixture is comprised of approximately 95 percent quartz with the remaining from polymer resins.
Quartz is ideal for kitchen and bath countertops as well as bar tops, wall and flooring applications.
Naturally hard and scratch resistant, quartz is as tough as it is beautiful. Extraordinary styling makes this countertop a show stopper with the wide variety of colors and tempting textures. OOh la la! Neutral tones to vivid colors, plain to small grain to veining, every decor will find its perfect complement.
The finishing touch comes from a selection of edge treatments which range from a simple straight edge or bevel to an elegant bull-nose or ogee.
Unlike granite, which can permanently stain from cooking oils and grease or etched by acid found in many common household products and foods, quartz is impervious to these hazards. It resists stains, is non-porous and non-absorbent to water, moisture and bacteria. Say so long to your worries about lemons, spilled coffee, wine and makeup.
What’s more is that quartz is virtually maintenance free. No sealing and no polishing. Just wipe it down with warm water and a mild soap. Voilà! You’re done.
While Quartz countertops are superior in stain resistance, strength and durability, prolonged exposure to heat may cause damage, so use a hot pad or trivet. Strong chemicals, harsh cleaners and bleach should be avoided. Also, seams may be present depending on the slab size and application. However, seams are often less noticeable than with granite. These slabs are extremely heavy and can crack if not properly handled so only use certified installers to get the job done right.
Many manufacturers offer warranties so be sure to check with your design professional for details.
Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with stylish and high performing quartz.