Attention: We do not recommend placing hot pans directly on any stone surface as this could cause the sealer to break down over time or cause the stone to crack.
Quartz is a man-made stone composed primarily of quartz the mineral and a resin. It is uniform in color and pattern, does not need sealing, and is stain and scratch resistant.
Granite is a natural stone, which varies greatly in color and pattern. There are a few types of granite that are fairly consistent in color and pattern but generally we order slabs within the same lot number or that are bookmatched so that they came out of the same area of the same quarry and “match” each other. As with Quartz, it is stain and scratch resistant and can take heat well. We use a 20 year sealer on granite.
APPLIES TO GRANITE ONLY: may need to be resealed. Rule of thumb is that if the water beads on the surface, it is still sealed. There are cleaning products available that help reseal the granite as they clean.
Steel Grey is one granite that is fairly consistent.
Soapstone is a natural stone that is softer than quartz or granite.
Marble is softer than quartz or granite and easily etches when an acidic substance comes into contact with it; it is for this reason, that we typically do not recommend it for kitchens. We also typically recommend a honed finish (not shiny/polished) because it will hide etching.
Quartzite is a natural quartz-based stone that is very hard.
Travertine is a type of limestone that is very porous and is considered a softer stone (in comparison to quartz and granite). It often has little fissures within the stone that can be filled; these are an attribute of the stone and not a defect.
CARING FOR AND MAINTAINING YOUR QUARTZ OR GRANITE PRODUCT
Use soap and water to clean granite or quartz surfaces. With all stone countertops we install we give a care guide.
It is inadvisable to use abrasive cleaning products on granite or quartz.