Quality Materials

Granite

A hard, naturally occurring igneous rock.  Granite slabs are harvested from quarries, cut and polished.

People often confuse granite with marble and vice versa, but these stones are different materials geologically. Granite is much older and harder than marble and is actually igneous rock formed mainly of feldspar and quartz, usually with traces of mica or hornblende. Granite can be highly polished to expose all of its natural characteristics, honed for a matt finish or flame-textured for an aged, antique finish. These finishes are sometimes combined to produce interesting patterns and features.

Granite is tremendously popular for its aesthetic looks and its hardwearing, almost maintenance-free qualities. Which are used for kitchen Counter tops and Vanity tops.

Pros Cons
Beautiful designs
Many colors and patterns
Natural and unique
Heat resistant
Very durable and scratch resistant.
Requires periodic sealing
Porous and can absorb stains
Visible seams
May contain pits and fissures

 

Marble

A naturally occurring metamorphic rock.  Marble is quarried, cut and polished.

Marble has been used for centuries as a structural and decorative building material and the many famous buildings that still exist today, such as the Colosseum and Pantheon in Rome, are a fitting tribute to the skilled craftsmen of the day and the tremendous durability of marble itself.

Marble was created through a metamorphosis involving heat and pressure and its’ most common characteristic is calcium carbonate. It is normally white, but often tinted by iron oxide, carbon and serpentine to form attractive shades of yellow, brown, green or black. Other minerals may grow from impurities within the stone often resulting in coloured streaks or veins. Marble is usually finely crystalline, hard and dense and consequently can be highly polished.

Marble is usually highly polished to highlight its wonderful natural characteristics. However, it is also available in a matt (honed) finish or an aged (antiqued) finish for a more traditional look.

Pros Cons
Variety of colors and patterns
Elegant, graceful look
Unique and natural
Heat tolerant
Not as durable as granite
Porous and stains easily
Visible seams
Difficult to repair
May take a little maintenance

 

Quartz / Engineered Stone

Engineered stone is a composite material made of crushed stone bound together by a polymer resin. It is used primarily for kitchen countertops. Related materials include geopolymers and cast stone. The material is factory made in slabs, cut and polished by fabricators, and assembled at the worksite.

Engineered stone products are gaining in popularity and are sometimes preferred over granite products because engineered stone requires less maintenance. Compared to unsealed granite, it has better resistance to stains. However, recent research reported in Consumer Reports magazine reveals virtually no difference in performance between quartz products and sealed granite.

Engineered stone kitchen countertops with undermount sink and cooktop installed.

Pros Cons
Very hard and durable
Stain and heat resistant
Rich colors not found in nature
Manufacturer warranty
Made from natural stone.
smaller slab size
more uniform in color
limit in exortic color