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We have experts who can draft your commercial or residential stone services and remodeling to suit the space and dimensions. Once you select the stone from our vast collection of slabs, your personalized upgrades to existing spaces can add both monetary and intrinsic value. As property value increases with a high-quality update, you also gain a sense of comfort and pride in your spaces. Your business gets a welcoming environment, and your house feels like home.
Our skilled stone fabricators perform every residential and commercial stone service with a commitment to top-tier craftsmanship. This devotion to quality at a reasonable cost ensures your satisfaction with the finished stone products. Creating and installing a custom marble or custom granite countertop, tabletop, or flooring can add a sense of style and prestige to any space. With our competitive rates, we can help transform any space paired with personalized customer service for every project at a price that you will be happy with.
Call us for more information on all our marble, quartz, quartzite and granite options available, or come check out our showroom in Chicago, virtually minutes from I-90/94.
G R A N I T E
Granite surfaces can be finished in a variety of ways; polished, honed, or brushed; each with its own unique look and texture.
A polished finish is most common due to a few key factors. Polished finishes will give your home an elegant and formal look. This finish is also a great option, especially for kitchens, because it is easier to maintain than other finishes and its shiny appearance brings out the color of your granite. Many people describe polished finishes as mirror-like.
Honed finishes are gradually becoming more popular for granite countertops. This finish is smooth but less shiny than polished finishes and gives your home a more casual and contemporary feel. One drawback of honed finishes is that they are known to show stains more than others. But, do not let this deter you from choosing a honed finish; as long as you make an effort to clean and care for your countertops, you should be fine. Certain sealers and treatments will also help keep your honed countertops stain free. As with all granite countertops and finishes, honed countertops are durable and will last a lifetime.
Brushed finishes (also known as antiqued finishes) are created by brushing the granite’s surface to obtain a worn-in look. This finish gives countertops a dramatic look.
M A R B L E
Very few rocks have as many uses as marble. It is used for its beauty in architecture and sculpture. It is used for its chemical properties in pharmaceuticals and agriculture. It is used for its optical properties in cosmetics, paint, and paper. It is used because it is an abundant, low-cost commodity in crushed stone prepared for construction projects. Marble has many unique properties that make it a valuable rock in many different industries. You may have seen marble used in kitchen countertops before, but experts do not recommend heavy use of marble in kitchen designs (except as an accent stone). Marble is highly susceptible to staining and damage from the acidic substances we all have in our kitchens, including vinegar, ketchup, and harsh chemicals.
For this reason, we prefer using marble in bathroom designs where it is less likely to encounter extremely high heat or acidic food and drinks. Marble makes even the smallest bathrooms look larger and more luxurious thanks to its gleaming white surface, so the results are well worth a little extra care.
Q U A R T Z
Quartz is often mistaken for a natural stone like granite or marble. In reality, quartz is a man-made blend of at least 90% powdered quartz stone and a polymer resin like silicon dioxide. During the fabrication process, the liquid quartz blend is poured into a mold to create a hard-pressed slab.
Any color of pigment can be added to the blend to produce the exact look you want for your countertop. As an engineered stone, quartz is consistent in terms of quality and performance, and a uniform appearance throughout the slab is ensured by the fabrication process.
Quartz countertops have become one of the most versatile building products on the market thanks to its varied stunning looks and bountiful benefits. From solid neutrals and bold hues to natural stone styles to concrete looks, quartz comes in a wide array of shades and patterns to perfectly suit any interior design project.
Q U A R T Z I T E
Not to be confused with quartz, quartzite is characterized by streaks and striations that are kind of similar to marble, and can also come polished, honed or leathered. But unlike the softer marble, quartzite is much harder and durable Just like with every other natural stone, it should be sealed during installation, and resealed over time, to protect it from stains and other abrasive materials. (Strong chemicals, in general, could ruin a stone’s sealant over time.) Because it is not a very porous material, is scratch-resistant, and is not sensitive to acid, it’s a great alternative for shower surrounds and hard-working kitchens. That’s quartzite! It’s also UV-resistant so they are great for indoor and outdoor use without having to worry about fading issues from sun exposure.
Quartzite is well-suited to most modern kitchens because it’s typically a white- or gray-based stone, sometimes with hints of brown and black. With a little searching and help from our team, it’s also possible to find natural quartzite with pink, red, yellow, blue, or green tones based on the minerals mixed in during the formation of the stone in the Earth. Rust-colored iron oxide, for example, tints quartzite with red or pink hues depending on the number of trace minerals in the stone.
P O R C E L A I N
Porcelain slab countertops, on the other hand, are a newcomer (relatively) in the stone industry game…in the US at least, however it’s been around in Europe for a while. Similar to your porcelain dinnerware, when used in this capacity, it has some more additives and is fired at a higher temperature which makes it extremely hard and strong.
It is very much resistant to chipping, scratches, and general wear and tear, blunt force. Be aware with ceramic knives, could potentially scratch your porcelain surface (because they fall under the same grade in the hardness scale). Porcelain, because it literally took the heat during manufacturing, has no problems handling hot pots or tools! No more worrying that your curling wand will burn your pretty stone. Because it’s made out of clay, it’s considered to be a very green material that can be recycled for use in other products at the end of its life cycle.
COUNTERTOPS EDGE PROFILES
Countertop edges can have a huge effect on function, impacting everything from cleaning to safety. Once you have decided on your countertop for your home improvement project, it may seem that choosing the edge is the most important decision left to take to ensure the perfect design for your space