Granite Countertops | Product Information

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Types of Stone:

  • Granite - Granite is the number one choice for high use areas, such as a kitchen countertop, because it is extremely dense and durable.
  • Marble - Marble is a crystallized limestone that comes in many different color variations and usually displays a veining pattern that adds to its uniqueness. Marble is more porous than granite, therefore popular for bath applications rather than the more heavily used kitchen areas.
  • Limestone/Travertine - Typically, these stones have a matte finish although some of the harder types can be polished. As these stones are even more porous than marble, they may require more preventative maintenance over time.
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Natural Stone Slab

  • Slabs are solid pieces of stone that are used for countertops, backsplashes, wall and surrounds.
  • More expensive than natural stone tile.
  • Different stone types are better suited for different uses. Granite is the most popular slab for kitchen counters for hardness and durability.
  • Seams in slabs are possible and can be visible depending upon the application and layout.
  • Edge Treatments
    You will have a choice of edge treatments for slab. Some edge details are simply the edge of the slab rounded or cut in different styles such as a bullnose, bevel edge, or ogee.

The Value of Upgrading

  • Access to more durable stones
  • Wider selection of colors
  • Wider selection of edge details
  • Adds value to any home

Natural Stone Slab Countertops | What You Need to Know

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Nothing makes more of a statement than a beautiful natural stone slab. Known for their durability and longevity, natural stone slabs come in an abundance of colors and stone types. Different types of stone are better suited for different uses due to their degree of hardness and porosity. Granite, for example, is one of the top choices for a high-use kitchen countertop since it is one of the hardest stones available.

All natural stone slabs, just like the natural stone tile, begin their existence as giant pieces of rock that are removed from large quarries and are then cut into slabs. Each slab has its own shape and characteristics. Veining, crystallization, irregular markings, shading are all considered normal aspects of natural stone and add to its authentic look. No two slabs of the same type of stone will look exactly the same.

In some slabs you will see markings that may be mistaken for imperfections. For example, inclusions, particularly inherent in granite, are mineral spots that are darker or lighter in color. Fissures, often times mistaken for cracks in the stone, are not. Also, please be aware that the veining direction may not be consistent throughout the slab. These are not defects, but rather a natural part of the beauty of the stone.

If the area where you are installing slab requires more than one piece of stone, seaming is necessary. The placement of seams in a slab countertop is dictated by the size of the slabs, density of the stone and the layout of that area. For example, the same type of stone slabs installed in two identical layouts will have different areas of seaming due to the size of the individual slabs. Slabs with more pronounced veining will increase the visibility of the seams.

Even after the polishing or honing process at the manufacturers, no natural stone slab will have a perfectly smooth surface. Just like natural stone tile, there may be small chips or pits that are sometimes apparent in different lighting conditions. Different lighting conditions can also cause faint cloudy spots to become visible when viewing your countertop or wall from different angles.

To create a more customized look, incorporating natural stone liners, also called feature strips or deco tiles, to enhance the beauty of your slab. Remember that these decorative pieces are porous and grout will fill the crevices of the liners. This will affect the liner’s color. They also can vary in thickness and width causing them to not line up perfectly. Finally, keep in mind that not all manufacturers' liners have matching end pieces available.

To keep your slab protected from the rigors of daily use, ask your design consultant for recommendations on sealing your natural stone and be sure to maintain all caulked areas to guard against water damage.