This magnificent and durable natural stone is a quarried metamorphic rock. The colors are unique per slab and is known to resemble marble. Quartzite resists UV radiation (meaning the colors remain unchanged); is fire and heat resistant; and is stain-resistant because of its low porosity. This easy maintenance stone only requires mild soap and warm water for cleaning. Though it is on the harder side of natural stone; its best to seal your quartzite at least once a year.
Quartz is an engineered stone made from the same crystals found in quartzite, but undergoes a man-made process that binds the crystals with resin, pigments, and other materials such as glass. Quartz comes in a wide range of colors that are not only rich but luxurious. A huge advantage of quartz is that it does not need sealing, polishing, or conditioning. It is also resistant to stains and scratches. Though it resists mold and mildew, because of its almost nonexistent porosity; you should still use caution with hot pots and pans.
Marble is a timeless and classic material that can be found in the oldest layers of the Earth’s crust. Though this unique stone is one of the most recognizable natural stones, no two slabs are alike. It has been used for some of the most important works of art in history which include the Washington Monument and the Taj Mahal. Marble is a limestone that has gone through a re crystallization process. The veining is created in this crystallization process with sand, silt, and clay. There are some cautions when using this stone for your solid surface needs. It is not heat resistant, etches easily, and can chip if you drop a heavy stockpot on it. For cleaning, the rule of thumb is “never use anything you wouldn’t use on your hands”. The charm of marble is the patina that is created from the imperfections throughout the years of it in your home.
This visually appealing natural stone has always been a top selection for homeowners looking to improve the look and feel of their home surfaces. Granite is used in kitchens, outdoor barbecues, and bathrooms to bring extra value to your home. Not only is each slab unique, but it comes in hundreds of varieties and colors. Granite is known for its overall durability. It is a very hard surface to scratch, resists heat, and resists stains when properly sealed. Ask your fabricator or stone provider for the best advice on sealing your specific variety of granite.
This elegant natural stone, composed mainly of talc, has been around for ages. Many used it for the bread counters back east, or even chemistry lab counter tops in high school because of its durability. Soapstone does not absorb liquids and is chemically inert You do not have to seal your soapstone. The slabs generally come in a grey color with white or off-white veining. Most people oil their soapstone and let the oiling fade to a patina that takes on the function in their home (replicates where people work, eat, and cook with oils). For cleaning, usually soap and water will do the trick! Avoid using anything abrasive on your soapstone counter tops.
Ultra-Compact Surfaces are a new generation of materials. Some manufacturers of UCS include Dekton, Neolith, and Lapitech. They are man-made to replicate what Mother Nature has created over millions of years. Ultra-Compact Surfaces are composed of natural raw material, made without resin and are manufactured at extreme pressure and heat. Some of the pros of this material include the ability to withstand high heat, it doesn’t fade in UV light, and it is 100% non-porous. These features make a great choice for outdoors, shower surrounds, saunas, and bench tops. The finish to Ultra Compact Surfaces is only on the surface. Since the pattern doesn’t go all the way through the stone, it must be mitered and laminated to give you a finished, clean look. To make your counter top look thicker and have a continuous color flow, an eased edge is your only option for a finished edge detail. This material is very hard, but can still chip easily on the edges. Overall, this versatile stone is great for many applications. It is a higher priced stone to fabricate and install because of the intricacies of it.