About Natural Stone Countertops

Granite Countertops

Granite

Granite is a very hard crystalline igneous rock consisting mainly of quartz, mica and feldspar.

Granite is both durable and beautiful. Easy to clean, heat, scratch and acid resistant this is a low maintenance material selection for any countertop application.

Available in an array of colors, patterns and finish’s granite is a great option for any commercial or residential project.    

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Marble

Marble

Marble is a metamorphic rock consisting chiefly of recrystallized calcite or dolomite.

Classic and luxurious marble is a top material selection when you are looking for that “wow” factor. Available in a wide variety of colors and durability levels clients should be aware that while marble is heat resistant it can be susceptible to scratches, stains and etching from household acids. Today’s sealers are quite advanced and can provide great protection from staining.  Some marbles have been treated with a revolutionary new process “Antolini Zero Care”. This process does provide acid resistance for a period of time. Please ask a Terrazzo and Marble representative for more information. 


Marble can require regular maintenance but its unique elegant appearance makes it a top choice for many projects.

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Quartzite

Quartzite

Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that is formed when quartz rich sandstone is altered by heat, pressure and chemical activity.

Because it is formed from sandstone most quartzites have a fine grained soft and elegant appearance. Most of the selections are in the grey and white tones but certain minerals cast a spectrum of colors into the material.

Quartzites are scratch and acid resistant so they will not etch. The hardness level can vary greatly; we recommend the material be sealed per your contractors direction.

Acid resistance with a soft elegant appearance makes quartzite a popular material selection with our clients.
 

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Limestone CountertopsLimestone

Limestone is a sedimentary rock consisting predominantly of calcium carbonate or dolomite. 
 
Limestone continues to be a popular choice for those clients seeking a more subtle tone. Most commonly used colors are earth tones and grays, darker browns and other colors are available.
 
As with most natural stones the durability of limestone spans a wide range. It is heat resistant but care should be taken to avoid scratching and house hold acids as it can etch. Sealer should be applied to avoid staining issues. Pending the end users tolerance for normal wear and tear, regular care and maintenance should be expected over time.
 
Sophisticated and timeless, limestone remains a classic material selection.


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Specialty CountertopsSpecialty Stones

Specialty is a category of natural stone specific to Terrazzo and Marble. Most specialty stones are similar to quartzites in appearance and durability with the major difference being Specialty materials can etch from house hold acids due to the calcium or dolomite content.
 
Specialty offers a wide variety of colors and patterns, many of these providing a bold look that is sure to make a statement. 
 
Specialty stones are heat resistant and are typically more stain, scratch and etch resistant than marbles or limestone’s. More resistant does not mean “proof” for that reason care should still be taken to avoid scratching and house hold acids that can result in etching. Sealer should be applied to avoid staining. Pending the end users tolerance for normal wear and tear, regular maintenance should be expected over time.
 
When your project calls for bold colors and patterns specialty natural stone may be your answer.
 

 

Precioustone

Precioustone

The appeal, rarity and beauty of semi-precious stones have inspired legends and stories full of fantasy and adventure for centuries. Today the legend becomes a reality and with the availability of these collections. We have great pleasure in presenting to you our Precioustone Collections. 
 
Each slab of these specially selected specimens has been painstakingly laid out and hand assembled in Verona Italy by experienced craftspeople to take full advantage of the beauty of the precioustone collection. Visit our precioustone gallery located in Wheeling Il, and see these remarkable stones in person.
 

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Natura CollectionNatura Collection

Nature and technology team up to produce unique results with these beautiful slabs. Patterns and finishes can be tailored thanks to the wide range of materials available and the use of innovative production techniques.
 
The Natura Collection utilizes digital technology to etch unique designs into the stone.  This can be done with lasers, water jets or other techniques depending on the stone and design.  Designs can be done on over 500 different types of stones, making the possibilities endless.
 

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