Comparison of Countertop Materials

Granite is the often the surface of choice for high-end applications. It is quite expensive, but it sure provides a look that is incomparable for beauty and elegance.

If you are considering granite countertops for your kitchen, you should be aware of its general characteristics, as well as other options, such as engineered stones and solid surface.

Natural granite comes from the ground. Engineered stone is man-made. Solid Surface is a plastic material. Each offers its own pros and cons. Continue reading

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Natural Stones

Granite, Marble, Onyx, Travertine, Sandstone, Agglomerate, Supplier, Installer, Direct, Importer, Fabricator, Balintawak, Quezon City, Manila, Metro Manila, Countertop, Flooring, Bullnose, Edge Profile, Chamfered, Design, Cladding, Polished, Bush Hammered, Decorative Stone, Cultured Stone, Natural, Slate, Quartzite, Kitchen, Jet Black, Black Galaxy, Salt and Pepper, Salt & Pepper, Pink Porrino, Beige Porrino, Gray Honda, German White, Thassos White, Crema Marfil, Baby Pink, Ariston White, Volakas White, Teakwood, Engineered Stone, China, Italy, India, Emperador, Nero Marquina, Rosso Levanto, Blue Pearl, Emerald Pearl, Tiger, Joy, Lion, Phoenix, Teresa, SDZ, Euroasia, Italica, Timbal, Tayag, Rafaello, Samitrade, Stoneasia, Kaufman, Benco, Guanco, Stefistone, Construction, Interior, Floor, Makati, PhilippinesGRANITE is considered one of the most popular natural stones in the market. Its durability and longevity make it ideal for kitchen countertops and other heavily used surfaces available. It’s heat resistant, nearly impossible to scratch, and will not stain under normal use with proper cleaning.

MARBLE  has long been valued for its strength and beauty. Unique natural color variations make marble a popular choice for countertops, floors, fireplaces, windowsills, vanities, and bathtubs. It is also fire, erosion, and stain resistant (requires propers sealing). Once only available to the wealthy, marble is now accessible to all who appreciate its ageless beauty.

Compared to granite, marble is a much softer stone. This natural stone is best where it won’t be subjected to frequented use and abuse. Continue reading

Stone Surface Finishing

Surface finishing brings out unique aesthetic features of stone materials. The ornamental function and other technical characteristics, like slipperiness and resistance to wear and weather conditions, are strongly influenced by which type is applied to the product. The following are the most common finishes for stone:

Granite, Marble, Onyx, Travertine, Sandstone, Agglomerate, Supplier, Installer, Direct, Importer, Fabricator, Balintawak, Quezon City, Manila, Metro Manila, Countertop, Flooring, Bullnose, Edge Profile, Chamfered, Design, Cladding, Polished, Bush Hammered, Decorative Stone, Cultured Stone, Natural, Slate, Quartzite, Kitchen, Jet Black, Black Galaxy, Salt and Pepper, Salt & Pepper, Pink Porrino, Beige Porrino, Gray Honda, German White, Thassos White, Crema Marfil, Baby Pink, Ariston White, Volakas White, Teakwood, Engineered Stone, China, Italy, India, Emperador, Nero Marquina, Rosso Levanto, Blue Pearl, Emerald Pearl, Tiger, Joy, Lion, Phoenix, Teresa, SDZ, Euroasia, Italica, Timbal, Tayag, Rafaello, Samitrade, Stoneasia, Kaufman, Benco, Guanco, Stefistone, Construction, Interior, Floor, Makati, Philippines

Polished

Undoubtedly the most widely used finish for granites and marbles. Polishing uses high-grade machines and polishing abrasives to produce highly reflective brilliance on stone surfaces. It highlights the stone’s full color and crystal structure.

Moreover, it is the least porous of all the finishes available. This does not mean, however, that it won’t be required sealer application. Some stones are porous and will need to be sealed regardless of their surface finish. Continue reading