Granite is formed by the solidification of magma in high temperature and high pressure conditions. From a physical point of view, granites are extremely compact and have high hardness (6-7 on the Mohs scale) and mechanical resistance values. Granite is resistant to wear, exposure to atmospheric agents, and pollution which leads to its heavy use in the building industry. Whether it's an indoor or outdoor project granite stands up well to the trials of time. It is perfect for projects such as countertops, monuments, wall and floor applications, pool and wall coping, stairs, window sills, and many other design projects.
Marble is a metamorphic rocks with a crystalline limestone structure formed by the combined action of high pressures and very high temperatures. Marble may be pure (metamorphic origin) or re-composed (sedimentary origin). Marble is not particularly hard (3-4 on the Mohs scale). The color of marble depends on the presence of mineral impurities (clay, silt, sand, iron oxides and flint/chert nodules); white marble does not contain these impurities. It is well suited for outdoor projects and excellent for indoor applications. Marble is perfect for projects such as countertops, wall and floor applications, pool and wall coping, stairs, window sills, and many other design projects.
Travertine is a very porous sedimentary limestone, formed by the deposition of calcium carbonate and the subsequent decomposition of the vegetal components incorporated in the mass. It is by no means unusual to find imprints of plant and animal fossils. Incorporated oxides can give travertine colors ranging from milk white to walnut, passing through various shades from yellow to red. This material has reasonable mechanical properties and is widely used in buildings, since low hardness means it is very easy to work. It is excellent for exterior projects and well suited for interior applications. Travertine is perfect for projects such as countertops, wall and floor applications, wall coping, stairs, window sills, and many other design projects.
Thanks to Limestone and Slate's good mechanical features, these materials have historically been used as dimension stone as well as for decorative applications in capitals, plinths and friezes for places and buildings of particular importance. Limestone and Slate are perfect for projects such as countertops, wall and floor applications, wall coping, stairs, window sills, and many other design projects.
Onyx is a sedimentary rock formed by the precipitation of calcium carbonate in very still underground settings (grottos). It is characteristically translucent with variegated veins of differing dimensions, generally having shades of brown, that give this marble a multi-colored appearance. Onyx has always been associated with decorations given its transparent and multi-color appearance; unique aesthetic effects can be achieved when onyx is back-lit with neon or led lighting. Onyx is essentially used in interiors.
Other Materials in this category be classified as marble, granite, or other types of stone but are a bit rarer and/or harder to obtain though their beauty is well worth it. These materials are excellent for projects such as countertops, wall and floor applications, pool and wall coping, stairs, window sills, and many other design projects.
Q Premium Natural Quartz is a natural quartz surface made by an optimal fusion of quartz and resin materials. Treated and pressed, natural quartz stone is one of nature’s hardest minerals. Q is scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, and is offered in an array of modern colors providing a beautiful solution for discerning Homeowners, Architects, and Designers alike. Q’s durability makes it a great choice for today’s interior surfaces. Q does not require sealing, re-polishing or reconditioning. Keeping your Q countertop clean is easy; simply wipe down with warm water and a mild detergent. Q is 99.93% solid and resist stains from coffee, tea, wine, grape juice, food coloring, nail polish and many other agents.
Q Natural Quartz Surface is manufactured using internationally patented Bretonstone® system of Breton S.p.A., Italy, as well as state-of-the-art manufacturing systems across the globe.
Silestone is another quartz material which is a combination of natural quartz and other raw materials that are extraordinarily hard and resilient. A 25 year limited transferable warranty is also offered through Cosentino. Check out their basic information page here!
Caesarstone quartz products are our third offering in natural quartz. Originally based in Israel, Caesarstone evolved a new kind of work surface by adding quartz to the Bretonstone process. The manufacture of slabs from a mixture of ground quartz aggregates, pigments and polymers proved to be the unique components necessary for this new generation of surfacing.
Our fourth set of Quartz options comes from Cambria, a family-owned, American company with a rich history. Through state-of-the-art facilities, unsurpassed design innovation, and the work ethic of experienced employee teams, Cambria has rapidly become an industry leader. When it comes to beauty, nothing can compare to Cambria. But every one of Cambria's more than 130 designs is much more than just a pretty face. Look a little deeper and you’ll find the uncompromising quality and unbeatable performance that make Cambria the perfect choice for life.
Viatera is made from 93% natural quartz stone and blended with advanced polymer resins and colorfast pigments; Viatera provides consistent color choices and hygienic properties with the look and feel of natural granite. Because Viatera countertops are low-maintenance, easy to care for, durable and don't harbor bacteria or mold, you can enjoy an attractive and functional upgrade to your home worry free.