quartz

 

Quartz is a recently popularized material that is loved for its versatility, domestic manufacturing, and no maintenance.

More durable and long-lasting than granite, quartz is one of the strongest materials in the world, making it a viable choice for a kitchen countertop.

Because quartz countertops are man-made there is an endless array of designs and options for customers, most developed to make seam-matching perfect.

Where quartz stands out from natural stone is in its non-porous nature. Unlike types of granite and marble, quartz is non-absorbant which makes the material stain-resistant and highly resistant to mold and bacteria.

natural stone

Granite - Granite is an igneous stone, meaning it is formed from cooled lava or magma in the Earth’s crust that is comprised of quartz and feldspar. Granite is known for its veiny and geometry patterns of various types of rock interacting.

Granite is made by natural forces and comes unique as a result. Heat-resistant and durable, most granite is hardy as a surface. However, due to is veinous and interlacing nature granite is a porous stone meaning unaddressed spills of oils and acids can discolor and form crystals within its pores.

Granite is a durable and uniquely beautiful option for customers who can commit to yearly sealing and are attentive to the cleanliness of their surface.

Marble - Marble is a metamorphic rock meaning it is formed by existing rock types in the Earth’s crust that is comprised of calcite, making marble a limestone. Marble is known for its prestigious white look and its deep use in ancient civilizations around the world.

Marble as a material is porous like granite but also soft which makes it is susceptible to etching and scratching. This etching nature is an attraction to some owners who see personality come through its wear, others will find it frustrating.

Marble is a classic and proven stone for customers who can commit to yearly sealing, attentive cleaning, and tolerance to wearing of material.

Soapstone - Soapstone is a metamorphic rock meaning it is formed by existing rock types in the Earth’s crust that is comprised of the mineral talc. Soapstone may be civilization’s original stone-based building material with use in ancient Egyptian, Viking, and Native American cultures.

Soapstone as a material is soft like marble but nonporous like quartz, so it doesn’t absorb oils and acids, and therefore soapstone doesn’t need sealing. Due to its talc-based nature soapstone has a silky feel to it but can “dry” out which means its deep color can fade. Good news - simple applications of mineral oil will restore the deep, rewarding look.

Soapstone is another classic option like marble with deep beauty for customers who can provide mineral oil applications to keep its gleam and can be tolerant of signs wear.

tile

 

We carry thousands of beautiful tile options from brands like Conestoga Tile and Artistic. Flooring to backsplashes, tile adds a new dimension to the design and visual feel of your home, whether it be on the floor or on walls.

 

Our granite, marble, soapstone and quartz look better up close.  

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