Available in a striking array of colors, granite’s durability and longevity make it ideal for kitchen countertops and other heavily used surfaces, including tabletops and floors.
Marble adds a sophisticated element to your home and its wonderful appearance, superior engineering characteristics and ease of maintenance make it a natural choice for floors, wall coverings, table tops, vanity tops, tub decks and showers.
Slate is a popular flooring material and sandstone and slate are often used for exterior paving stones. Other slate applications include kitchen countertops, fireplace facings, tabletops and roofing. Sandstone is frequently used for fireplace facings, chimneys, garden walls, patio benches and at poolside.
Less absorbent than other marbles. Danby Marbles can be a better choice for kitchen applications. Scratching and etching will still occur, but trouble spots can often be easily buffed away with a scouring pad and comet cleanser.
Quartzite is versatile and has a great look for entryways, patios, bathroom vanities, shower surrounds, kitchen countertops, kitchen islands, fireplace surrounds and wall cladding. Quartzite is a natural stone and has a marble type of look, but is more resilient than marble. Quarzite has the elegant look of granite with the nonporous property of Quartz.
Quartz is custom designed to appeal to a wide array of contemporary designs and is unique in its movement, color, brilliancy and clarity. This highly engineered surface combines long lasting beauty with durability and strength creating uniquely beautiful surfaces. The appearance of Quartz can take on the look of a more formal or contemporary stone. This material uses natural quartz stone which is ground up and held together using a resin compound to form a slab.
Because of its translucence, onyx can create an aesthetically intriguing look for several areas of your home or business such as wall or bar areas. Onyx is a rare stone that is being used more frequently on bar tops, kitchen panels, accent walls and bathrooms. A soft stone, onyx can very easily etch or scratch. Some onyx is translucent and used with some back light to give the material a breathtaking glow.
Soapstone is the perfect material for homeowners who want something just a little different. Soapstone is a popular granite or marble alternative with a unique “soapy” texture. A common use for soapstone is kitchen countertops because of its proven strength which can stand the test of time while maintaining its integrity. Soapstone is nonporous and does not need sealed. The biggest concern with soapstone is scratching, as the material has a softer composition. Soapstone can be treated with mineral oil that darkens the material overall and can help minimize the appearance of scratches.
Popular limestone applications include flooring and interior and exterior wall cladding and back splashes. Limestone surfaces are very smooth and can add an organic look to modern kitchen and bathroom design. It comes in muted shades including brown, gray, black and green. Limestone is known for its unique look. The material can have problems with staining, scratching and etching.
Travertine is a type of limestone that is very popular for interior and exterior wall cladding as well as flooring applications. Travertine is more porous than marble, which makes marble less likely to stain.
Porcelain comes in a high-gloss polished finish to guarantee unique interiors and features high technology, sunning looks ad great resistance. Porcelain is available in polished, honed or natural finish and is great for backsplashes, flooring, fireplace surrounds, wall cladding and wainscoting. Porcelain is man-made, nonporous, fade, scratch, stain and heat resistant.
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About Olympia Stone
Getting Started With Granite and Marble
Do I need an appointment to visit your showroom?
No appointment is required when visiting our showroom Monday through Friday during the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. We are pleased to offer extended hours by appointment.
What is your payment policy?
Olympia Stone accepts cash, check, and major credit cards. Fifty percent of the total price is due upon contract signing and the remainder is due at installation.
What is a CNC Machine?
Computer Numerically Controlled or CNC machinery is the most precise way to cut stone. This process utilizes computer aided design, laser measurement, and wet cutting to give our end products a smoother, finer edge which promotes tighter seams. This process also allows us to cut stone into unique shapes and edge finishes, fitting your style and taste.
How is granite formed?
Granite is an igneous rock of visible crystalline formation and texture. It is composed primarily of feldspar, quartz and mica. It begins as liquid magma deep within the earth’s core, where it is cooled and compressed over many years under tons of pressure. It is then quarried, cut and polished for various applications.
Can my granite top be stained?
Granite itself is approximately 95-98% stain resistant. Also, Olympia Stone uses an impregnating sealer on all our stone, which ensures lasting life and beauty.
Can I set a hot pot on my granite countertop?
Granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure combined beneath the earth’s crust. It cannot be affected by heat from a cook top or frying pan. A lit flame placed under the granite will have no melting effect and will not leave any burn or scar marks.
Can granite chip?
Only in cases of severe abuse with a hammer or impact tool. If the countertop does chip, it can easily be filled with granite dust and epoxy.
Do granite seams show?
Because granite is a natural material and is mined from the quarry in blocks usually no more than 10' long, it is often necessary to seam countertops to reduce costs and utilize slabs effectively. The seams are joined with epoxy that is mixed with a color that matches the stone. Then, the joined area is smoothed, leaving only a very thin line. Most customers have found that the beauty of natural granite outweighs the concern of seams.
Does granite have any pits or fissures?
Granite has pits and fissures that are part of the stone’s natural structure. Pits can be minimized by applying sealer to the surface of the stone.
Can granite be repaired?
It is very hard to damage granite. If damage does occur, the stone can be sealed with a mixture of epoxy and granite dust.
What is the difference between granite and marble?
The main difference between granite and marble is that granite is a highly dense material composed deep inside the earth’s core, while marble is formed from sediments under the seabed. Both solidify into stone over many years, but the mineral composition of the two stones makes marble and granite react differently to various chemicals and household cleaners.
Can I seal marble?
Just like granite, marble is sealed after the fabrication process.
Where can I use marble?
Marble can be used for a number of applications such as fireplace surrounds, tabletops, saddles, and shelves. Ideally, it can be applied to various projects in the bath area like Jacuzzi surrounds, vanities, and shower paneling. Marble can safely be used as flooring in low-traffic areas.
Is marble really appropriate to use in living areas?
Since ancient times, marble has been used in all areas of the Grecian home – from furnishings to floors. Marble has proven as durable as materials traditionally considered to be sturdier with the added benefit of creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
GETTING STARTED WITH GRANITE AND MARBLE
What do I need to consider when buying marble or granite?
Because they are natural stones, marble and granite possess a remarkable natural beauty that has captivated humans throughout the ages. Inherent in such natural products is a certain lack of predictability that architects and designers celebrate. Consumers who are less acquainted with the material expect the marble or granite ordered to be identical to the picture or sample they were shown. Although sample stones are intended to be representative of the quarry’s product, slabs may differ slightly in color and veining from the sample. Moreover, even a single marble or granite slab will possess a certain amount of color variation from one end to the other. Interior designers and architects have come to view this tendency of natural stone as an advantage. Slight irregularities can be pleasing, introducing an element of the natural into human-designed spaces, whether residential or commercial.
Should I use marble or granite for my kitchen countertops?
Although typical application of marble is for the bathroom, it is possible to use it in the kitchen with extra care. However, due to the fact that it is easy to scratch and is affected by acidic substances such as vinegars, ketchups, etc., we don’t usually recommend it. Moreover, the high gloss of the marble countertop can be partially lost as chemicals etch its surface. Granite’s polish, in turn, is not subject to etching by household acids or scratching by knives, pots and pans under normal use.
Is it necessary to seal stone?
Since mineral surfaces are porous, they absorb liquids, which may result in discoloring and staining. Although there are many commercial grade products available on the market that may bring the stone back to its original luster, simple precautions and regular maintenance can save a lot of trouble and cost. All of our marble and granite countertops are sealed before they leave our shop. The impregnating sealer penetrates the stone, clogging most of its pores and making it impervious to alcohol, juices, soft drinks, cosmetics, cleaners, coffee, food and oil. With the course of time and depending on how heavily the tops are used, the sealer gets washed out. The clear indication of this happening is easy absorption of liquids into the countertop. Marble should be sealed at least every six months and granite should be sealed at least once a year.