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GRANITE

Much of the Granite that we use today is at least 30 million years in the making. It is harvested from many parts of the world including Italy, Brazil, India and Africa to name a few. Huge slabs of Granite are cut into smaller slabs and then polished with diamond wheels to give it a permanent shine.  Polished countertops are naturally resistant to stains, heat and scratching. Costing more than butcher block or traditional laminates, Granite adds value to a home by enhancing the investment for future sale while proving immediate pleasure.

The granite colors represented below are not all, but the most popular choices that we carry in stock. In addition, we have our local distributors who collectively carry several thousand slabs of Granite, Quartz & Marble representing endless colors and price ranges. Visiting them through us is an easy process and part of the service we offer our customers. We can easily accommodate your specific requests. Come to our showroom to see the unmatched beauty of granite in person. While visiting us, you can pick out the exact granite slab that you want to use for your countertops!

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*Note: The color examples shown below are a digital representation of the granite colors. Each slab of granite is unique in appearance. These digital pictures may be subject to variation due to individual monitor settings.

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Absolute Black Granite Aspen White Granite Barcelona Granite Bianco Romano Granite Black Galaxy Granite
Blizzard granite Blue Pearl Granite Cactus Granite Emerald Pearl Granite Giallo Verona Granite
Gray Nuevo Granite Impala Black Granite Lapidus Granite New Kashmir White Granite New Venetian Gold Granite
Peacock Green Granite PortFino Granite River White Granite Santa Cecillia LC Granite Tan Brown Granite
Typhoon Green Granite Verde Butterfly Granite Volga Blue Granite White Alpha Granite White Ornamental Granite

 

QUARTZ

Reasons To Use Quartz Versus Granite

quartz countertopsWith the many varieties of countertop materials available, it's often challenging for homeowners to determine which will be the best choice for their home. To aid in the process, we offer eight reasons why you should seriously consider quartz versus granite as your top choice. Come to our showroom and you'll be sure to find a color and style to compliment your kitchen.

  1. Cost. Every homeowner has a budget for their home renovations. You want the best value for your money. Quartz is less expensive than exotic granite. If your kitchen is large with lots of counter space, the cost of your counter top can quickly rise to high numbers. With quartz, you don't have to compromise a great look for an affordable price.

  2. Appearance. Quartz, unlike other stone slabs, can be crafted with a controlled appearance. The way quartz slabs are produced allows the manufacturer to ensure that the slab is exactly the color, texture and pattern you want. There are no defects in the slab to cut around and run up the cost.

  3. Strength. Quartz counters are made by combining 93% natural quartz stone with 7% resin binder and some colorant. This creates an extremely hard stone that is stronger than granite or marble. The slab is the same working thickness as other materials, and it is shaped, cut and finished using the same stone cutting equipment.

  4. Non-porous. Granite and marble are both porous stones with tiny capillary channels between the minerals. If you spill wine on unsealed granite or marble, the wine can sink into these channels and potentially permanently stain the stone. Quartz has no channels and it never requires sealing. Quartz is very stain resistant. This makes it much easier to use and maintain in the kitchen and bathroom.

  5. Hygienic. Top brand quartz are manufactured to be hygienic and reduce the opportunity for bacteria growth. This makes top brand counters appropriate for food preparation and consumption. When evaluating quartz, make sure it's been certified by the National Sanitation Foundation as a safe countertop.

  6. Maintenance. Granite and marble countertops must be sealed regularly to prevent staining and the growth of bacteria. This maintenance adds to the cost of these countertops. Quartz does not require sealing or other routine maintenance to sustain its beauty and functionality.

  7. Cleaning. When you pay for your countertop, you want it to be user friendly. With quartz, cleaning at surface is easy. The quartz washes off with soap and looks as good as new. You don't have to use special bacteria-preventing soaps.

  8. Scratches. Quartz, because of its design and manufacturing process, is a durable and scratch resistant product. By exercising standard care, your finish will look fabulous throughout your countertop's lifetime.

 

MARBLE

marble countertopsAs the favorite medium for sculptors and architects, marble has become a cultural symbol of tradition and refined taste. Its extremely varied and colorful patterns make it a favorite decorative material. Marble is relatively soft, indicating that is easily scratched by most materials, including common metal utensils. It is one of the more delicate natural stones when compared to granite, but more dense than limestone and travertine. Marble is frequently used for more graded purposes primarily polished facing and flooring.

Marble is a metamorphic rock found in the mountainous regions of most countries of the world that is ideal for foyers, bathrooms, floors and hearths. Marble, with its inherent warmth, adds a sophisticated element wherever it is installed. Marble's naturally random appearance, engineering characteristics, and ease of maintenance makes it a premium choice for wall cladding, table tops, wainscot and vanity tops. Marble is a stunning material with a traditional feel and unparalleled beauty. It is popular in households in Europe and has been used for thousands of years ~ a testament to its classic nature. A sturdy stone for bathrooms, it is proven to be adaptable for use in other areas of your home. Many marbles are well suited for wet area application, which extends the versatility of this material to include tub decks and showers. Marble creates an elegant and inviting atmosphere, which no other material can equal.

 

 
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