Engineered Quartz and Quartzite : What’s the difference?

Engineered quartz and natural quartzite are both excellent and popular choices for countertops. Although their names sound similar, they are extremely different products. Engineered Quartz Engineered quartz is a man-made product consisting of crushed up stone and epoxy resin. Because it is man-made, the slabs are typically uniform in size, color, and pattern. The slabs … Continued

Marble vs. Engineered Quartz

Engineered quartz (EQ) products have come a long way in the past ten years. Once monotonous and consisting of plain, solid colors, EQ has progressed into the more natural and classic looks we now have available in 2020. The most popular EQ’s for 2020 maintain the classic aesthetic of marble while providing a durable surface … Continued

The Facts on Stone: ASTM Standards

When selecting a product, nothing is more important than access to evidence-based data. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) provides consumers with accurate knowledge of various products to enable them to make the best purchasing decisions. Natural stone and engineered quartz are among the products routinely tested. ASTM testing data is critical when … Continued

Stone Countertops – Recycle Reuse Restore

Those not in the stone industry often believe that sealer is what gives stone its sheen. While sealer does color enhance, stone polishing and restoration takes much more effort than simply sealing. Various types of stone require different polishing techniques. Porous marble countertops usually require an 800 grit polish, and acids can be added to … Continued

You Can Help the Planet with Terrazzo!

If you’re considering terrazzo products for your next project, you’re making an environmentally conscious decision. Terrazzo is sustainable and can be produced from recycled materials. The epoxy matrices used in terrazzo also low VOC, and most aggregates consist of natural marble or recycled glass. It isn’t just for flooring either. A London-based designer uses leftover … Continued

Does Engineered Quartz Stain?

Many people believe that quartz is maintenance free, but this isn’t necessarily true. Quartz is stain proof, but not completely stain free. Several substances can stain quartz, including hot sauce, turmeric, food coloring, and permanent marker. How do we get rid of these pesky stains? Most stains can be removed with warm water, mild soap, … Continued

Seek and Find : Which minerals are in your granite?

Most granite slabs found at distributors include fusions of various minerals. These these minerals are what bring the slabs to life. From labradorite to quartz, minerals bring beauty and unique qualities to your stone finishes. Let’s take a look at various common mineral inclusions in granite slabs: Mica Mica gives granite a reflective, sparkling, three-dimensional … Continued

Engineered Quartz vs. Solid Surface : A Comparison

It’s 1967 and the countertop material of the future has arrived! It’s durable, it’s heat resistant, it’s shiny, and best of all it’s customizable. This material is solid surface. Tired of plastic laminate burning and scratching at every touch, Americans fell in love with the composite countertop product as soon as it the market. Solid … Continued