Jersey Granite and Marble
Natural stone is a beauty of nature. Every rock mined from the earth has its own unique color and design, no two are alike. Being that it is a natural resource, stone is very durable and has a long life span. It is very easy to maintain and visually pleasing to the eye. Each type of stone has its own strengths and weaknesses. There are many uses for natural stone throughout a home or business. It can be used for flooring, backsplash, countertops and more. The most popular stone used for kitchen and bathroom countertops is granite. Granite counters stands up to most stains, heat, and water once it is sealed. It comes in many different colors and designs and looks absolutely stunning once installed. Since it is 100% natural your piece will be unique and no one else will have the exact same design. Another popular choice is quartz. Quartz is a mineral and it is very abundant on planet Earth. A quartz countertop is actually 93% crushed quartz mineral mixed with 7% plastic resin. This is the reason there are many more color and design options, since it is man made. It is also the reason that it is usually a bit pricier than granite since it takes more work to produce. Since quartz counters are mixed with resin they are very stain, heat, and water resistant without the need to be sealed. One should be careful not to put anything hotter than 300 degrees Fahrenheit on it since it can melt or burn the resin holding it together. Another very popular kitchen countertop is made from quartzite. Quartzite is very similar to Quartz. The main difference is that Quartzite is not man made. It is the naturally occurring stone mined from the earth. This makes it more heat resistant than quartz since it does not include the plastic resin that binds together quartz. Quartzite looks the most similar to marble but is significantly easier to maintain. Last but not least is marble countertops. Marble counters come from limestone in the mountains. With a little TLC marble can be one of the most beautiful and elegant options for a countertop. Since it is 100% natural, it is porous and very dense. It needs to be sealed in order to avoid heat, water, and residue stains. Most marbles come in the white, black, and gray families and each piece is unique and different.
You can find a full listing of all types of stones we offer on our types of stone page. To help you visualize what a granite, quartz or marble countertop looks like, take a look at our gallery to see some of our completed projects. A picture of your completed project may be coming soon! To start the 3 step easy process, you can either call us at 732-243-2700 or contact us through the contact form found here. A knowledgeable representative will guide you through the process.
While using stone for a countertop may be a pricier option, the benefits will definitely make you feel like you took the correct route. Read below for some of the positive reasons to choose a granite, quartz or marble counter for your kitchen or bathroom. To see a a comparison chart of the pros and cons of all the stone counters we sell, you can check out our comparison chart.
Mother nature is unbeatable when it comes to design and colors. The natural beauty of using granite, marble, or quartz for a kitchen or bathroom counter is unbeatable by any human being. It is timeless and can match a variety of styles and tastes. Also, since it is a natural product of the ground, it is unique and no two pieces are alike.
The stones most commonly used for counters are very dense and should have a very long life span. Due to the density and weight it is very hard to actually break or destroy it. With just a little bit of care (depending which stone you choose) a stone counter should outlive any other counter made from another material.
Stones are natural resources and they are found out in mother nature. They can withstand a lot before deteriorating. This makes them the ideal material for a bathroom or kitchen counter. Heat will not affect a counter made from 100% stone. (with counters that have plastic resin mixed in, like quartz, you need to be a little more cautious)
Add Value to the Home
Since a granite, quartz or marble kitchen makes a great impression on those who see it, it adds value to a home in the case of a sale. When someone is looking to sell or buy a new home having granite counters or marble counters really increases the value and appeal of the house. (as a side point, having a fireplace installed, and the landscaping done nicely will also increase the home's value)
A stone counter is naturally very eco friendly, after all it is made from the earth! It is helpful to our environment to use our natural resources rather than man made materials. This helps us in our journey to 'go green'.