Exotic Granite

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Premium Quality exotic granite countertops start with premium quality Exotic stone slabs.

A quality granite slab starts with highly selective stone blocks. Blocks are quarried and graded based upon their size, color, veining, and fissures. Only the very best and exceptionally clean blocks are graded as premium. They are specially handled, cut and resin treated at the best facilities with the best equipment and polished under the highest quality standards.

The blocks that are not as nice are 2nd grade they are sold at discounted prices and go to second rate facilities that are more interested in price than quality. Finally there are commercial grade blocks. The blocks that are not 2nd grade are "commercial" grade blocks. They are typically used for building exteriors where flaws are not as visible when viewed from the ground. They are also used for making tile as flaws can be cut around and some of the material can be salvaged.

Discount counter-top fabricators frequently use commercial grade slabs. Most consumers can not tell the difference because they do not know what to look for. Unscrupulous fabricators may tell you it is 1st quality material when in fact, it is not.

Premium Quality Exotic Granite Counter-tops

Premium Quality Granite

A quality resin finish is critical to the overall performance of the counter-top. The resin treatment serves many purposes. First it fills pores and fissures which increase the counter-tops resistance to staining. This also strengthens the stone. More fragile, high end granite counter-tops and even exotic granite counter-top stones are resin treated on both the front and back of the slabs. When you come across a slab that has resin on it's back, it is typically further reinforced with a fiberglass mesh called scrim.

The creation and fabrication of hi-end granite kitchen countertops starts with premium granite slabs. Next the design of the project, work flow
of the area, the stone design elements such as arches, radius and edge details all have to come together in an overall design that makes the most of the stone, room and surroundings. You have to plan for results in order to achieve them.

Once you have a design plan and a quality raw material you need state of the art digital equipment to produce the results that are only possible with CNC equipment and Water-jet technology to achieve hi-end consistent results.

One more critical ingredient are the skilled artisans and workers who design and operate the equipment which actually fabricates to
the design and direction of the homeowner.

The last essential ingredient is the installers and craftsmen who will physically bring together all the pieces and make them work in concert so that rare kitchen counters turn out exceptionally well in your project.

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What to avoid when selecting slabs/fabricator

What to avoid when selecting slabs fabricator

 

What to look for when selecting slabs/fabricator

what to look for when selecting slabs fabricator

Stone Types

Granite is hard and dense. As such, it is naturally scratch, etch and stain resistant. That makes it suitable for use in kitchens, bathrooms, wet and dry locations. Granite is stable and not overly sensitive to heat and that makes it suitable for fireplace applications.

Marble is soft and vulnerable to scratching, staining and etching and is most suitable for use in bathrooms. It can be used in kitchens but extra care should be taken to maintain its appearance.

Quartz is manmade from natural minerals including quartz plus resins and pigments. It is very hard and both stain, etch and scratch resistant. It is vulnerable to heat damage as is not recommend for fireplace applications

Quartzite is a natural stone that is very hard and therefore scratch and stain resistant. It can be used anywhere granite is used.

Soapstone is softer than marble and can scratch easily, but can also be sanded and repaired with no special tools or skills. Soapstone is very heavy and dense and completely non-porous therefore very stain resistant and handles heat like no other stone so it is suitable in kitchens, baths, fireplace and both wet and dry locations.

Slate is harder than marble and soapstone and almost non-porous but NOT recommended for wet locations as water can get between the layers and cause separation and warpage.

Chipping, All stones can and will chip if impacted hard enough. The really hard stones are actually more prone to chipping as the material is so hard it is brittle and may chip. Chipping is most evident around a sink.

Competitors will claim that certain stones are quartzites so aid them in sales. The stones are actually marble or dolomite, this makes it easier for them to sell the stones and they are beautiful, but still very vulnerable to etching. Test a sample for yourself using a few drops of lemon juice. If the surface etches........You know it contains calcite and is not going to perform like a granite or quartzite at all.