Polished granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops due to its high durability and beauty.
Other residential and commercial uses of granite include floors, walls, fireplace surrounds, window sills and building fascia. Granite was formed from volcanic activity and is called an igneous rock. It is relatively non-porous and is one of the hardest stones available. It is not affected by acids contained in vinegar and citrus. Several factors affect granite price, particularly supply and demand. Supply is affected by the accessibility of the quarry, the amount and uniformity of stone in the quarry. Rare colors such as blue will be more costly.
IceStone® is man-made material that creates a durable surface from 100% recycled glass and cement.
This is an ideal choice if you want an eco-friendly, green countertop. IceStone can also be used for backsplashes, bathroom vanities, table tops, bar tops, interior walls and commercial flooring applications. IceStone can also be used to create shower and bathtub surrounds and kitchen sinks. Twenty-nine standard colors are available, and IceStone is a LEED-compliant building material.
Polished limestone is used for a variety of residential and commercial applications.
It is one of the most commonly used architectural stones. Limestone can be used for countertops, flooring, and window and door moldings. Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed under great pressure. It is a relatively soft rock compared to granite and is not recommended for kitchen countertop applications.
Polished marble is a popular choice for bathroom countertops and fireplace surrounds due to its unique patterns and beauty.
Other residential and commercial uses of marble include floors, walls and fireplace surrounds. Marble is a sedimentary rock formed under great pressure. Marble is a relatively soft rock compared to granite, so you should be aware before making this important decision that it’s not recommended for kitchen countertop applications. Supply is affected by the accessibility of the quarry, and the amount and uniformity of stone in the quarry.
Onyx is a sedimentary rock like marble and limestone.
The cryptocrystalline construction of the rock and the size and uniformity of its crystals contribute to the classic translucent property of most onyx varieties. Onyx is a relatively soft rock compared to granite so it is not recommended for kitchen countertop applications but is recommended for bathroom countertops, foyers, walls and fireplace surrounds. The decorative appeal of onyx is perhaps unsurpassed by any other material and is currently a popular choice with architects and designers.
Luxury so versatile that its lustrous glow has no equal.
Semi-precious stone surfaces make a statement in indoor applications because of its exotic makeup. Counters, wall cladding, vanities and more become works of art that glow with backlight. Truly one-of-a-kind, these surfaces often consist of mineral crystals such as amethyst, quartz, and may feature fossils, petrified wood, agate and so much more.
A natural stone suitable for your many design applications, featuring beauty that’s matched by its cost-effectiveness.
This natural stone offers a marble-like appearance with the durability of granite to open your mind to a world of mother nature’s possibilities. Quartzite creates striking surface opportunities that are both beautiful and functional.
Quartz - Caesarstone
Combining beauty with performance to bring your design imagination to life.
Premium quartz surfaces used in both residential and commercial projects, Caesarstone is a popular choice for countertops, vanities, wall cladding, floors and other interior surfaces. A rigorous manufacturing process blends raw materials into a natural quartz that sets the standard for beautiful utilitarian surfaces.
Quartz - Cambria
Leading quartz production across the continent.
Cambria is a family-owned producer of quartz that is typically mined in North America. Certified for low VOC emissions, it is an increasingly popular choice for green installations indoors as quartz is one of the world’s most abundant minerals. It can take the form of many beautiful color combinations to marry with your interior designs.
Quartz - Silestone
A non-porous surface that’s highly resistant to staining caused by many everyday kitchen products.
Silestone is a combination of natural quartz and other raw materials that are extraordinarily hard and resilient to an everyday workload. It features characteristics that unite under high heat to create the ideal surface for kitchen counters, bathrooms, flooring and even wall siding.
Sintered Stone - Dekton
Sintered stone is ready to go mainstream and Dekton by Cosentino is leading the way.
Ideal for any number of interior and exterior applications because of its exceptional durability, Dekton sintered stone is spectacularly indestructible. It’s 100% natural and formed by ultra-high heat. Cut at nearly any thickness and used for flooring, counters, interior walls, exterior siding, or pretty much any modern aesthetic.
Sintered Stone - Lapitec
Lapitec unifies design with superior mechanical and physical properties.
Lapitec is an innovative sintered stone offered in large formats for use both indoors and out. Similar to porcelain, it has the elegance, workability, colors and typical finishes of natural stone. The product is highly eco-friendly and contains no resins or petroleum derivatives.
Sintered Stone - NeoLith
All-natural and extremely durable, NeoLith surface materials can be used for countertops, floors, and even as siding for walls.
Neolith is an innovative material with extraordinary characteristics appropriate for both interiors and exteriors. For nearly a decade, Neolith has been a pioneer in sintered stone surfaces that blend the beauty of architecture with the need for durability.
Travertine is a sedimentary rock that forms from geothermal springs.
Like marble, it is a relatively soft rock and is acid sensitive. While not recommended for kitchen countertops, it can be used for bathroom countertops, floors, walls and fireplace surrounds. The soft earth tone of travertine stone makes this material a popular choice in contemporary and traditional home designs.