We want to ensure our clients satisfaction by making sure they are informed.
Purchasing a new countertop is very exciting; however, it is very important to be well informed. This document provides a breakdown of the process, risks and limitations of your purchase.
Is natural stone for you?
When selecting the right countertop for your project, there are some things that you should know if you are considering natural stone. Every product has its limitations.
Understanding the limitations will determine if natural stone is for you.
Which stone is right for you
Having trouble deciding between a natural stone and man-made? Here are some factors to consider when choosing your surface. Man-made materials are marked with *
Quartz will discolor with Direct UV light, is not suitable for outdoor applications
*Granite, Marble and Quartzite will handle heat better than quartz, however any extreme temperature change could crack your stone. Soapstone will handle Heat Better (keep in mind nothing is built proof) NEVER APPLY HEAT TO YOUR QUARTZ COUNTERTOP, PROLONGED HEAT CAN CRACK OR DISCOLOUR IT OVER TIME.
* ALOT OF PRODUCTS ARE STAIN RESISTANT NOT STAIN PROOF some granites, and Quartzite do not require sealant, especially if it’s a darker stone. Black stones are dense and do not absorb sealant. SEALING YOUR STONE ONLY PROTECT AGAINST STAINS (ABSORPTION). Quartz has a low absorption rate making it stain resistant but NOT STAIN PROOF under the right conditions anything could stain, especially the lighter the stone.
Understanding Etching (it is not the same as staining) it’s a physical change in your stone, a reaction to something Acidic. As Technology continues to evolve, the industry is coming closer to producing a product to protect marbles from Etching. THE NATURAL STONE INDUSTRY IS NOT REGULATED, AS A RESULT ALOT OF STONE ARE MARKETED INCORRECTLY, WE CANNOT TELL YOU 100% the TRUE MINERAL COMPOSITION OF THE STONE THEREFORE WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND IF ETCHING IS A CONCERN TO YOU TEST THE PRODUCT BEFORE PURCHASING IT.
Fissures are naturally occurring and part of the character of the stone. This means that the vein goes all the way through the product
* NOTE: THIS CHART IS A GENERAL INFORMATION CHART AND IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE THE MANUFACTURER'S INFORMATION. ALWAYS REFER TO MANUFACTURING DETAILS FOR PERFORMANCE, APPLICATION AND CARE GUIDES.
Understanding the difference between etching and staining.
Etching: is a physical change within the stone. It is when a mineral within the stone reacts to something acidic such as, lemon juice, milk and ketchup. If left sit on the surface of marble too long, it will make the surface dull there is currently no product on the market that will prevent this
Staining: is when a substance penetrates the surface. Under the right condition even quartz can stain. Staining is absorption we use sealers to prevent it.