Granite, Marble, Quartzite, Quartz and Soapstone: What are the Differences in 2017?
Quartz has matured in quality, appearance and market share which is bringing down the price....dramatically. In the past 2 years it seems as if quartz manufacturers have outdone themselves each quarter with better and better colors and patterns. During that same time, quartz market share has gone up and that has enabled the economies of scale to lower the price of quartz. Significant appearance enhancements have made quartz the preferred choice for customers seeking marble or the marble look.
Both Marble and Dolomite are soft and vulnerable to etching and scratching whereas the quartz colors that look like real marble do not suffer either of those drawbacks.
Granite does not etch or scratch easily either and makes a great countertop choice, but it doesn’t look like marble.
Soapstone is the softest of all stones, but most resistant to heat and staining as it is completely nonporous and any small scratches are very easy to self repair.
Quartzite is even harder than granite, doesn’t etch or scratch easily but is pricy by comparison due to how much energy and tooling are required to extract it from the earth, slab it and polish it as compared to granite.
The big problem in the countertop industry is bad and misleading information. There are numerous importers and fabricators that claim that certain stones are a quartzite when they are really a marble so that they can sell t to consumers who are anxious to believe that since it is a quartzite it cannot etch or scratch easily. Stones frequently misrepresented and presented as quartzite when they are in fact marbles or dolomite are:
The really good news here is it is very easy to tell what you are buying with a pair of simple tests. Lemon juice left on the sample will show you within an hour or two if the material being considered will etch. A steel razor blade will not scratch quartzite or granite, but will scratch Marble or Dolomite.
Stone not only makes a elegant statement in the design of a room, but it can transform a space into an inviting and warm entertainment spot. Our stunning collections of marble, granite, quartzite, quartz and soapstone allow you and our designer to plan your kitchen, bath, tile back-splash or custom projects. At Stone Masters, we provide natural stone and exotic beauty. We welcome you to visit our showroom and make your selections. Each stone is different as it comes directly from nature. Not only will you have a completely unique stone but a show piece for your kitchen, bath or other room to share!
Quarrying stone from the earth is not only an elaborate process but exciting as well. Rock is cut out of the earths surface. Large cranes extract this rock and bring the natural beauty to light. After the stone blocks are cut from the earth, it is then cut into slabs, in some cases resined and netted and then face polished. Finally it is shipped directly to us for fabrication. It is exciting to receive these beautiful pieces into the Stone Master's warehouse.
Stone Masters offer a wide variety of material selections. We welcome you to visit our showroom for your selections as every piece is very unique. Additionally, our design team can help you with your requests.
In our state-of-the-art fabrication facility, we use a blend of old world craftsmanship and new age technology. Using this old world knowledge blended with modern technology, the natural beauty of your selections emerge into the shapes and design just for you. Review our slab selection and layout policy.
It has never been more affordable or easier to add the warmth and natural beauty of stone to your home.