Understanding the different stones

GRANITE (click for samples)



People choose granite for its enduring color and texture. Granite is highly heat, scratch and stain resistant. It is the traditional favorite for countertop and fireplace materials for its unique colors and patterns, proven durability and lasting value. Granite comes in hundreds of different colors and is quarried in such places as the Brazil, China, Norway, India, Portugal, Italy, Spain, and more. Maintenance is required, sealing of stone is recommended.

QUARTZ (click for samples)



Quartz stone is a man-made engineered stone, formed by combining 90% ground quartz with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. This forms a very hard granite-like surface. There are many brands of quartz , including Cosentino, Silestone, Cambria, CaesarStone, to name a few. It is a durable, glossy sheen, non-porous, stain and crack resistant material. Quartz is NOT heat resistant and does not require sealing.

QUARTZITE (click for samples)



Quartzite is a very hard, metamorphic rock created by sandstone, through a process of high heating and pressurization it is transformed into Quartzite. It’s an extremely strong and durable natural stone. When heated, individual quartz pieces recrystallize giving it a beautiful and decorative sparkling pattern. Consider quartzite countertops for its strength, beauty, and overall durability. Maintenance is required, sealing of stone is recommended.

MARBLE (click for samples)



Marble has been used for centuries in just about every possible interior and exterior application. Marble is relatively hard, but very porous material. It is a very popular for bathrooms and fireplaces, comes in a wide range of colors. Marble has the similar characteristics of limestone and can stain, etch or scratch, but only becomes more beautiful over time. Most marble has veining mineral deposits throughout and is quarried from Italy and other parts of the world. Maintenance is required, sealing of stone is recommended.