Graniteis the stone of choice for most projects. It has been utilized throughout history as a construction material due to its durability and natural beauty. Granite is an igneous rock formed through the cooling and solidification of lava or magma. See the granite wikipedia page here. Granite is ideally suited for kitchen countertops due to its extremely high melting point, hardness, durability, natural beauty, and it’s aversion to staining or etching. Granite can be found in almost any color, from brilliant deep blues to fiery reds to absolute black. Every slab of granite is completely unique and slabs can be found in almost uniform color patterns to slabs with several striking color changes, veining, and movement. It is a low maintenance stone, easy to clean, and requires infrequent sealing with a quality sealer. It is also easier to repair scratches and chips on granite than it is on an engineered stone. Granite is also very affordable depending on the type of stone. There are several granite stone options for around $8 to $10 per SqFt. There are also exotic granite slabs that can be as much as $95 per SqFt. Please visit our Granite suppliers’ websites to get an idea of the slabs that they have available, although nothing substitutes visiting the suppliers warehouse and seeing these beautiful slabs in person.
Marble is a sedimentary stone that is completely different in composition than granite. Is a softer stone that is comprised almost exclusively out of calcite or dolomite. You can find the marble wikipedia page here. Marble is desired for its elegant look and is popular in bathrooms, retail stores, and restaurants. It is not generally recommended in kitchens as it is softer resulting in scratching more easily, more porous resulting in staining, and can be etched by anything acidic such as lemon juice. Some homeowners will elect to have marble in their kitchens, keeping in mind that it will require more frequent sealing, and generally more care than a granite or engineered stone alternative. Please visit our marble supply partner’s links below.
Engineered Stoneis a synthetic stone made of a high polymer resin and crushed marble or granite. Engineered stone is composed of 93% organic quartz or marble material and 7% high polymer resin adhesive. The wikipedia page for Engineered stone is here. Engineered stone is becoming a more and more popular alternative to granite for countertops, especially in a commercial setting. This is usually due to engineered stone being more flexible and less prone to breaking than a natural stone counterpart. You can also find engineered stone slabs with far more uniformity in color and composition than most natural stone slabs. Others may shy away from engineered stone because it has a much lower melting point (300 degrees fahrenheit) than granite, and also may crack if there is an extreme temperature difference (such as hot pan out of the oven). Another downside of using engineered stone is that in the event that the surface is scratched it can be difficult to impossible to repair the scratch and bring back the original shine of the surface, something that can be fairly easily achieved with marble or granite. You cannot go wrong with selecting engineered stone or granite for any and all residential and commercial applications.