Stone Guide

Stone Comparison Chart

Stone Comparison Chart

MarbleGraniteQuartziteDolomiteBCS QuartzQuarella QuartzQuarella Marble
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TypeNatural StoneNatural StoneNatural StoneNatural StoneEngineered StoneEngineered StoneEngineered Stone
Durability***********************
Maintenance RequiredHighLowLowHighLowLowLow
Heat Resistance**********************
Stain Resistance**********************
Scratch Resistance*********************
Indoor Use
Outdoor use
ApplicationsKitchen*
Bathroom
Flooring
Fireplace
Kitchen
Bathroom
Flooring
Fireplace
Kitchen
Bathroom
Flooring
Kitchen
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Kitchen
Bathroom
Flooring
Kitchen
Bathroom
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Bathroom
Flooring

*Namib Fantasy & Grigio Fantasy-White Marble-Suitable for kitchens

Stone Formation

MarbleMarble is a metamorphic crystalline rock formed when limestone has additional heat and pressure applied to it by the earth’s crust, causing the stone to re-crystallize. BCS Quartz
And engineered material that when combined with pigmentation and binding agent, the result is a beautiful and durable manufactured countertop.
GraniteGranite is a platonic igneous rock having visible crystalline texture, generally composed of feldspar, mica and quartz Quarella Quartz
Manufactured through a process that combines natural quartz with polymer resins to create a low-maintenance, super-hard, natural stone-look countertop available in a dazzling array of beautiful colors.
QuartziteQuartzite is a metamorphic stone where quartz grain originally belonging to sandstone has recrystallized.Quarella Marble
An engineered marble that is crushed, pressed, heated, and bonded with polymer resins. A material less absorbent to moisture and more resistant to scratches and stains compared to cultured marble.
DolomiteDolomite is a type of limestone and is found in large, thick areas called dolomite beds

Surface Texture

POLISHED HONEDLEATHER/VELVET TOUCH
A glossy surface that is very smooth
Reflective polished crystals bring out the brilliant colors and grains of natural stone
Shine is due to polishing bricks and powders used during fabrication
The sheen is not from coating
Provides a flat to low sheen gloss
This surface is very smooth, but often very porous
This texture is common in high traffic buildings
It should always be protected with a penetrating sealer because it was wide-open pores
Honed Stone colors are not as vibrant as polished stone
A textured matte finish most commonly seen on darker granite
Surface usually has a soft sheen to it but is much less shiny than the glossy look of a polished stone.
Leathered granite hides fingerprints, water spots, and smudges
Shine is due to polishing bricks and powders, used during fabrication

Edges

DOUBLE BULLNOSEFLAT
Bullnose trim is used to provide a smooth, rounded edge for countertops An flat edge style is a slightly ‘softened’ square that alleviates that hard, sharp edge

Care & Maintenance

Natural StoneEngineered Stone
– Keep glasses containing fruit juices or alcohol on coasters as acids and alcohols can react and darken the surface
– Sealing the area may bring out the color of the stone
– Immediately cleanup spills using a soft cloth or sponge
– Stone cleaner is preferable, avoid using abrasive cleaners such as dry cleaners or soft cleaners
– Use a few drops of neutral cleaner, mild cleaning liquid detergent, or stone soap along with warm water to clean the stone surfaces. Dry with a soft cloth.
– Using strong chemicals such as vinegar, ammonia, lemon or acids can dull the surface
– Granite is hard and can dull your knives. Using a cutting board to maintain their sharpness.
– Use a squeegee to minimize soap scum. Use non-acidic soap scum remover to remove the scum.
– Does not scratch easily but is affected by heat. Use hot pads or pot stands.
– Not recommended to use as a cutting board.
– Even though quartz is resistant to liquids such as wine, lemon juice, tea, and soda, clean them up as soon as they spill on the surface.
– Avoid cleaners with acidic or bleaching effect. Simple cleaning procedures such as non-abrasive cleaner, damp cloth, paper towel can be much better for regular cleaning purposes.
– Strong solvents and chemicals such as paint removers, trichlorethylene or methylene chloride will – damage the material. Bleaches, permanent markers or inks are better kept away from quartz stones.

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