A dense, solid, and beautiful igneous stone, granite makes an excellent countertop. It’s impermeable to liquids and naturally resists staining. Its fine-grained texture polishes to a high luster, giving your countertop a luxurious appearance.
Marble says “luxury” like no other countertop surface. Its special crystalline structure is formed from limestone in nature’s deep, hot furnaces. Marble occurs in many natural colors, all timeless in their beauty and durability, and has a natural cooling effect on a room’s ambience.
Quartz is one of the hardest surfaces in the world. It makes a perfect countertop, being naturally impermeable and stain-resistant, while its gem-like beauty sparkles in any light. A quartz countertop is maintenance free and needs no polishing or sealing.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed from calcium carbonate. It’s mostly made up of fossilized shells of sea creatures such as coral. Limestone is great as a building material because it’s easy to shape, and can be cut or carved in any direction without splitting or warping. Most limestone is grey in color, but it’s been found in many colors ranging from pure white to deep black.
Travertine is a type of limestone that forms on land, mostly in hot springs and mineral springs, rather than in the ocean bed. Similar in texture to limestone, travertine comes in a variety of colors, with a grainy appearance that gives your countertop a warm, aged look. The famous Roman Colosseum is built mostly of travertine. Like other limestone, travertine is easy to shape, making it great as a countertop material.
Onyx is a type of layered chalcedony, similar to agate, but with parallel bands rather than the curved bands of agate. The colors of the bands in onyx cover most of the rainbow, although the most common onyx contain shades of black and white stone. A somewhat translucent stone, onyx is especially popular in fireplace surrounds or other uses where the transmission of light is a plus.
Quartzite is a hard, durable, non-foliated metamorphic rock formed from pure quartz sandstone by the heat and pressure of the Earth. Usually white or gray, quartzite is sometimes found in shades of pink and red due to the presence of iron oxide, while rarer deposits may be yellow, green, blue, or orange due to other mineral impurities. As a countertop material, quartzite is strong and takes a high polish.
Soapstone is a relatively soft metamorphic rock always containing various amounts of talc. Architectural-grade soapstone, which we use for countertops, has less talc than other grades, making it significantly harder and more durable, although still easy to cut, shape, and form. Soapstone has superior thermal conductive properties, which makes it an ideal material…
When you think of precious and semi-precious stones, you think of jewelry, but in fact several types of semi-precious stone can make excellent, beautiful countertops. Petrified wood, rose and yellow quartz, agate, tiger’s eye, jasper, and similar materials produce countertops of rare beauty and intricate patterns. The physical properties of precious stone countertops vary with the specific stone used, but all are chosen for their durability and attractive appearance…
Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock that forms in layers called foliation. Its formation under heat and pressure gives slate a distinctive appearance, warm and comforting. Slate is hardy and durable, too, so much so that it’s a preferred roofing material in some areas. You can count on a slate countertop to last for ages and be resistant to staining and damage.