Granite is normally a coarse grained igneous rock that is comprised of quartz,feldspars and micas. The quartz will be be the lighter color minerals with the remaining consisting of feldspars and muscovite. The dark minerals are hornblende or biotite. Granite is by far the most common rock found in the outer crust of the planet. Granite is formed by the cooling of magma in the ground.
As the name implies it is a countertop product that is made of quartz and resins. Before granite slabs were resined Engineered Stone had one major advantage over its natural counterpart, it was difficult to stain. Now with the advent of resined slabs that advantage is gone. The primary difference is the appearance. Man made products come in a large range of consistent colors which do not occur naturally in nature.
Quartz is also known as engineered stone. Quartz is has an antimicrobial built in and never has to be sealed.
Technology makes visualization possible!
Slabsmith allows a unique advantage over other fabricators, providing you an understanding and comfort level that has previously not been possible. It’s hard to overstate the benefits our layout process provides as a direct result of being able to easily and accurately layout a job on your digital slabs. You get a true “What you see, is what you get” experience.
This technology is perfect for exotic slabs with large veins and lots of movement. We can show you exactly how it will lay in your kitchen before it's ever installed!
In most cases not for years and years after it is installed, if ever. Sealers are solids that have been emulsified in a solvent. They are designed to penetrate the stone taking the solids with them. When the solvent evaporates (think paint) the molecules lock into the stone and seal it. Combine one good coat of a quality sealer (which we will do for you in our shop) with the resin applied by the factory you will have a very stain resistant top that will be virtually maintenance free. Rarely, if ever will you need to seal granite that has been resined and properly sealed.
Over time, in the unlikely event you do see some water absorb into the stone simply reseal. You can find natural stone sealer at most retail outlets or we can help you.
Often people make the mistake of assuming that if it is more expensive then the slab is better quality. Often in our industry stone cost has more to do with availability. So the simple answer is: No....the cost has nothing to do with the structural quality. However, the more complex answer is Yes.
For example; Santa Cecilia Granite is available from many quarries so the base price of the granite is fairly low. First Choice Material, which has the most even looking coloring and movement. Then there is Second Choice Material: This will look close to first choice but have minor color variations which make it slightly less expensive then the first choice. The final classification is Builder Grade Material: This class of stone will have things that make it look less then desirable, spots/eggs of color that do not match the “Norm” for that material.
These ratings are subjective and have to do with what the granite looks like. At the end of the day all three classification will perform perfectly in your kitchen but the “quality” is based on the subjective appearance.