Natural Stone refers to several products quarried from the earth, used over many thousands of years as building materials and decorative enhancements. These products include granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate, quartzite, sandstone, onyx, and others.
BAGM works with many of these natural products; however, the majority is granite, quartzite, and marble.
- Granite is the most common natural stone used at BAGM. Granite is a very hard, granular, crystalline, igneous rock consisting mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar. This hard surface makes for a beautiful and extremely durable surface.
- Quartzite is also a commonly used natural stone. Quartzite and granite are very similar as far as performance. Quartzite is generally harder and denser than granite and often has pattern similar to marble. Quartzite is more difficult to work with, making it more expensive.
- Marble is a much softer material than granite or quartzite. While marble is often a beautiful surface, you can expect a patina effect to take place. This means scratches, etching, and chipping are likely to occur. These are the natural characteristics of this material and should be expected when purchasing.
BAGM uses “Dry Treat” sealer, a 15-year sealer, designed to protect your natural stone from stains. All natural stones are different; therefore, it is recommended to test your natural stone to ensure the sealer is performing. Note care directions provided on the last page.
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Quartz materials are man-made engineered stone product formed by combining 90% to 95% ground quartz (a natural hard mineral) with 5-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. This forms a very hard granite-like surface that is non-porous. As quartz is made up of mostly natural material, you may experience the same imperfections as natural stone; however, imperfections are much less common and you will have a more consistent finish than natural stone. Quartz is more stain resistant than natural stone; however, it is not as scratch or heat resistant as granite.
Quartz is created in “dye lots” similar to tile. This means there can be variation from one slab to the next and/or variation from a sample to a slab(s).
You are always welcome to view your actual quartz slabs before fabrication.
With all of the quartz options out there BAGM has negotiated the best pricing for the best quartz colors in the marketplace…BAGM 40.
We have ensured the quality and availability of these select quartz colors. Ensuring the highest quality end product at the best possible price. Come into any of our 3 showrooms to view and select your quartz colors from a large 40’’ X 54’’ sample. These larger samples allows you to see the entire range of color and design in each quartz color.
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Porcelain and the ultra compact material Dekton by Cosentino. These are the latest products in the hard surface industry. While these products can be used for countertops, they also work great for showers, flooring, walls (inside and outside), along with other building applications. These products range from ¼’’ thick to ¾’’ thick. Note the color design of these products is not all the way through the product at this time; however, is the manufacturers goal. All this means is that you would be required to have a mitered edge profile or understand that the edging will be different than the surface.
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Polished: This is the most common finish for natural stone and quartz. This will be the most stain and spot resistant as in the act of polishing the stone the pores are tightened up.
Leathered: This leaves the stone with a soft texture that feels similar to leather. This finish will leave the stone with a textured matte finish. The manufacturers do use resins to help with how porous the material is; however, expect more staining and/or water spotting. Most of the time this will dissipate; however, it may take some time. Leathered seams may also be more noticeable due to the variation in texture.
Honed: This is a flat finish like polished; however, not polished to the same level. This leaves the stone with a smooth matte finish. Honed materials will show water spotting and be more susceptible to staining. Other than some specialty materials such as soapstone and certain marbles BAGM, recommends a leathered finish over honed if the matte look is desired.