Granite is a very versatile material that is great for many applications. It is an Igneous Rock that was formed by volcanic activity, and is made up of molten that cooled beneath the earth's surface. This type of stone can be quarried from Italy, United States, India, Brazil, and many other exotic places around the world. Stone from each location will have colors and patterns exclusive to that quarry. Granite can come in a Variety of different colors and patterns. Most Granite appear to be made up of flakes, while some can be veined like marble. Granite is particularly a very hard type of stone which makes it very resistant to wear and tear in turn this material is great for countertops indoors and out. Granite can also be used in applications such as walk ways and wall cladding depending on the type of finish that is applied. This material can be polished to a smooth reflective surface or it can be honed, Leathered, or flamed depending on the use.
Granite is slightly porous, and should be sealed with a high quality stone sealer. Sealing a stone surface is not difficult, or expensive. Because there are several types of stone sealer, it would be best to talk to your fabricator or builder to see what product they recommend. The process to seal a stone surface is to, clean the stone with a mild detergent that does not contain ammonia and allow it to dry for several hours. The next step would be to apply the sealer product according to the directions and wipe off the excess as instructed. It is time to reseal your stone when water will not bead up on the surface. When cleaning stone, there are a couple of do's and don’ts. Don’t use any products with ammonia, strong caustics, or solvents such as Windex. Ammonia will remove the sealer, and strong caustic cleaners will do the same.
Marble is a metamorphic Stone, which means it is made up of limestone that was exposed to intense pressure and high temperatures over a long period of time. This causes the material to go through a molten phase, which allows minerals to come in and give marble the distinct swirls and veins. Marble is of medium hardness and is Ideal for Bathrooms, floors, foyers, and fireplace surrounds. Marble has also been used for centuries for making monuments and statues and is still the top choice for stone sculptures. With the beautiful patterns and amazing polish, marble can bring elegance to your home. Marble is found in wonderful places around the world such as: Italy, Canada, Spain, Greece, and many more. Like granite, marble quarries can be known for a specific color.
While Marble is a very durable stone, when the finish is polished one must take care to prolong the finish. Standing water will cause the finish to fade. When using polished marble as a countertop you must be careful not to leave anything that might cause stains from rust, Chemicals, or food. Harm to the polish can also be caused by acidic food, that could etch the finish over time, and you should never use bleach, comet, or any acidic cleaners for they will have the same affect. Marble countertops will need to be sealed and resealed occasionally, and it is recommended that you consult your fabricator or builder for the best sealing product and timeline for sealing.
Caesarstone is the original quartz surface manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Southern California, with divisions in Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA, Phoenix, AZ, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, Miami, FL, Atlanta, GA, New York, NY, Boston, MA, and Chicago, IL. We also have independent distributors across the country to serve our customers across all regions.
With two state-of-the-art production sites and four fully automated production lines, Caesarstone has an annual capacity of over 2 million square meters (over 20 million square feet). Our brand new second plant utilizes cutting-edge techniques and the latest technologies available, doubling capacity and increasing the possibilities for technological advancement.
Silestone is the world's leading producer of quartz surfaces designed for high-quality kitchens and bathrooms, including countertops and sinks with advanced bacteristatic technology.
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