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GRANITE

01. OVERVIEW

Granite is one of the most popular of different countertop materials.

 

02. APPEARANCE

  1. There are many different types of minerals in granite, some of which appear like small, shiny flecks or longer veins of varying colors. Granite itself comes in many different natural colors and can be polished or finished in many different ways.

 

03. BENEFICIAL FEATURES

Granite is one of the most popular of different countertop materials.

 

04. GRANITE CARE

Use of a granite sealant for an additional layer of protection is recommended. Clean with a clean, damp cloth and use a small amount of soapy water for heavy residue or debris. Avoid ammonia, bleach, or any cleaning products with solvents or caustics, as this will remove the sealant.

 

Granite is an igneous rock, which means it was once molten and formed as it cooled deep within the earth.   Minerals within granite typically appear as small flecks throughout the stone, once creating a "salt and pepper" look.  Other types have veining similar to marble.  Granite is a dense-grained, hard stone.  It can be highly polished or finished in a variety of other ways.  A broad spectrum of color is available. Quarried from the mountains of Italy, the U.S., Canada, India, Brazil, China, and dozens of other countries around the world, Granite is one of the most popular natural stones in the market.

 

Granite countertops will create a dramatic visual enhancement to any kitchen or bathroom.

 

MARBLE

Prized for its unparalleled aesthetic beauty—to the point that many overlook its ability to scratch, stain, and etch. However, by simply using cutting boards and proper sealant, scratching and staining issues can be prevented, and etching is more of a reality.

 

01. OVERVIEW

Marble is a popular choice of different countertop materials. Commercially, any stone that can be polished is also known as marble, with the exception of granite. This includes serpentine, travertine, limestone, and onyx.

 

02. APPEARANCE

Marble comes in a wide variety of colors and with different veining and sizes.

 

03. BENEFICIAL FEATURES

Natural marble is very hard, making it a versatile choice. Even so, owners must be sure to protect marble from water, spills, and stains

 

04. MARBLE CARE

Clean up any water or spills on marble as quickly as possible and consider adding a sealant. Do not use marble in high traffic areas of the home where dirt, sand or other particles may grind into the marble, which can permanently damage or mark the stone.

 

Never leave a chemical, citric, or acidic item or substance on your marble.

 

Clean marble with a clean, slightly damp cloth and then dry with a soft towel. Avoid bleach, acidic cleaners, or any abrasive household cleaners on marble, as etching and dullness may occur

 

Marble has both a scientific and commercial definition. Scientifically, marble was once limestone that achieved metamorphosis from intense pressures and high temperatures within the earth. This altered its crystalline structure and introduced other minerals that produced the valuable colors and veining. Commercially, any stone capable of taking a polish (with the exception of granite) is known as marble. This includes travertine, onyx, serpentine and limestone. Marble is found in the mountainous regions of Canada, Italy, Germany, Spain, the U.S., Greece, and among some other countries worldwide.

 

QUARTZITE

This is an amazing material. It is naturally strong, resists heat and is hard to stain. Quartzite is formed from sandstone and quartz together under a great deal of heat and pressure. The empty grains of sandstone are filled with quartz. This process makes quartzite harder than quartz. On the Mohs scale of hardness (1-10), with 10 the hardest, granite measures between 6 and 6.5; whereas quartzite measures around 7.

 

However, there is a chance for etching to occur on its surface. Quartzite is considered an exceptional material for use in countertops. This can be literally found all over the world, as it is a very common material formed in the crust of the earth. You will notice the more sought after material originates in Brazil and India. The difference in price for the material in either slabs or tiles will be reflected through the availability of colors and location.

QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS

Quartz countertops are fabricated from natural quartz, one of the hardest minerals found in the Earth, and small amounts of glass or metallic flecks are added to create variety, resulting in beautiful countertops. Other advantage of quartz is that it is a non-porous material, its texture does not allow bacteria to grow and resists against stains, protecting your family and making kitchen cleanup easy. For this reason, quartz countertops never need to be sealed. Aside from the durability that quartz provides, this material is beautiful and its wide variety of color options are sure to catch your eye. Your options are nearly endless as quartz ranges from natural colors such as whites, blacks and browns to other colors such as golds or blues. The design of a quartz countertop not only brings character to your kitchen, but offers performance advantages that exceed other traditional materials.

Natural stone products are the preferred choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops and granite countertops are the most popular. Granite offers a one-of-a-kind elegance found only in nature. Its durability is unsurpassed by any man-made material, and it’s nonporous surface makes maintenance a breeze. Compared to other stone products (marble, soapstone, or slate) granite offers a much wider selection thanks to its natural variations. The unique beauty of granite countertops is the perfect complement to any décor. Granite is also the most budget-friendly stone product you can choose. Available in any size or shape, and in varying thicknesses, there is sure to be a product to suit your budget. Granite is still the most popular choice for natural stone users, due to its durability and resistance to scratching, staining, and etching. Granite can take a higher heat than other natural stone, but still requires a sealant because there are varying levels of absorbency.

 

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