General information about how to choose the right stone for your project.
There has never been a wider selection of stone surfaces for your project.
Here are 4 outstanding choices:
Granite: We built our business on granite and it is still a terrific choice for kitchens, baths and fireplaces. It is almost completely heat resistant, extremely durable, and comes in a dazzling range of colours and patterns that must be seen to be fully appreciated. An optional sealer is available that will provide a 15-year transferable warranty against staining. If the sealed stone stains and the stain won’t come out, the warranty provides for replacement. This warranty makes granite more appealing than ever.
Marble: For centuries the most exclusive homes have displayed this beautiful and iconic surface in kitchens and baths. Homeowners should understand , however that marble is almost entirely alkaline. When acidic substances like lemon juice come in contact with this alkali they neutralize one another, leaving an etch mark on the surface.
Our warrantied sealer can protect against staining but cannot prevent etching.
Recently, varieties of “hard marble” like “Superwhite” have come to market that are much harder and less susceptible to etching. Ask us about this stone.
Soapstone: Soapstone is a distinctive and handsome option. It is completely heat resistant, non-porous, feels somewhat softer to the touch and is normally oiled to highlight the subtle veining. This oiling also gives it the traditional dark charcoal or almost black appearance.
We specify Church Hill soapstone from Alberene, Virginia for two reasons:
- It is the hardest soapstone quarried in North America, and
- The quarry that produces this stone is owned by a Canadian company
Engineered quartz : Engineered stone is created by combining fine ground quartz aggregate, resins and colours, baking and polishing the slabs using much the same process as polishing natural stone. The finished product offers very consistent colours and for many customers, beauty similar to natural stone.
Caesarstone is the best-selling engineered quartz in North America and with a wide range of appealing colours and patterns it is easy to see why. We sell the full range of these colours and would be happy to review them with you.
Silestone is the largest supplier of engineered quartz in the world. Like Caesarstone , they offer an impressive selection of colours. It is important to note that Silestone makes a number of these slabs in larger (jumbo) formats. This minimizes the number of seams required, and half-slabs are also available, which allow us to control material costs for your project.
Hanstone: Manufactured in London Ontario, Hanstone is carving a market share with a strong palette of colours and well polished surfaces. This supplier will sell half-slabs and jumbos and will also mail samples for review.
Each of these choices has its own appeal and are best viewed in person. We’d be happy to make an appointment to show you what we mean!