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No Matter What Kind Of Stone Countertop
You Need In Cincinnati, We Can Deliver.
From Soapstone To Quartzite, We Work With
Every Style & Variety Of Stone Imaginable.
In addition to granite, quartz, and marble, we work with every other type of stone on the market. Below, you’ll find a list of some of the most popular stones we use for Cincinnati homeowners’ projects. If you don’t see the stone you’re looking for on this list, contact us. We absolutely CAN do it for you.
Types of Stone
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock that was used to form the outer layers of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It typically comes in light grays, blues, and greens when quarried, but darkens when mineral oil is applied. Soapstone countertops are completely non-porous, so they will not stain. It’s also heat-resistant, so hot pots and pans will not affect it. These properties make soapstone a great choice for kitchen countertops.
Although it's not ready to overtake granite in popularity, soapstone has come into its own as a countertop material. It offers a subtle, more humble beauty than granite or marble. Soapstone's natural softness and depth fits very well with older homes and cottage style homes. Although it starts out green-gray, it will darken over time. Its appearance is Soapstone’s primary strength. Soapstone resists heat and acidic materials well. Soapstone can be fabricated into sinks to match the countertop.
Soapstone comes in smaller slabs, so seams are often visible in countertops longer than seven feet. Soapstone is soft, however, making it susceptible to scratches and deep gouges. It has a natural surface roughness that can scuff glassware and china.
While having a similar name, quartzite is not the same stone as quartz. Quartz is an “engineered stone,” meaning it goes through a manufacturing process. Quartzite, however, is a purely natural stone formed when sandstone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure from tectonic plate compression in the earth’s crust. Quartzite is usually white or gray in color, but can also have strains of yellows, blues, greens, and reds. Quartzite is impervious to heat, so you can set hot dishes and kitchenware on it; however, it is porous, so it must be sealed regularly to prevent stains. Consider quartzite countertops for its strength, beauty, and overall durability.
Limestone is a versatile stone that is used for many projects including flooring, vanities, and countertops. It is formed at the bottom of seas from the skeletal fragments of coral, mollusks, shells, and other items rich in calcium. Limestone comes in colors ranging from gray to tan to blue-silver. Limestone is on the softer side and is also porous. It can scratch and stain, so it needs regular sealing and maintenance to stay looking new.
Travertine is a type of limestone formed by mineral deposits from hot springs and limestone caves. Its colors are typically warm, ranging from cream to beige to brown to gold. Travertine’s porous nature gives it a textured appearance; however, it can be sanded and sealed for a smoother appearance. Travertine is also noticeably softer than many stones. Travertine can look beautiful, but keep in mind its soft and porous nature if you’re considering it for a project like kitchen countertops.
Slate is a metamorphic stone composed mainly of clay and volcanic ash. It is a non-porous stone, so it will not stain and requires no sealing. Slate stands up exceedingly well to heat, and will not scratch or chip easily. Slate can be found in black, gray, pewter, and brown shades. You can also find slate stones with hints of blue, green, or red.
These countertops are primarily made from 100% acrylic, 100% polyester, or a combination. DuPont held the exclusive patents on this material through their brand-name Corian until relatively recently. Now a host of manufacturers make countertops in solid surfacing materials. These materials come in literally hundreds of colors and patterns, many of which are made to resemble natural stone. Solid surface sinks are also available for those who want integral or perfectly matched sinks.
The most compelling advantage to solid surface countertops is that the design possibilities are virtually limitless—if you can dream it, there is a good chance it can be fabricated. Because solid surface materials are not porous, they’re virtually maintenance free. They need no sealing or special cleaning. Seams are fused together to create undetectable joints with no cracks to trap dirt and debris. Solid surface countertops are susceptible to scratches and burns, although most are easy to sand out.
The 6 Crucial Things You Should Know
Before Choosing A Countertop Company
New stone countertops are a wonderful investment. Their durability and great looks should be a source of pride and enjoyment for a very long time. So, making good choices is important. Not just the choice of the stone itself, but also about who is going to fabricate your countertop from the stone, and who is going to install it to insure those great results and long life. Here are the six things you should evaluate when choosing your countertop company.
In today’s world, it’s easy to see what past customers think of a granite and stone company by looking at online reviews. Google tends to collect the most reviews on the internet and is the easiest to access. Pure Granite & Stone has a 4.6 star ranking on Google, which is much higher than our competitors because of our commitment to high-quality fabrication and installation and our dedication to support you after the installation. Our focus on customer delight drives everything we do. That’s why we are the highest-rated granite company in the greater Cincinnati area.
Pure Granite & Stone is an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. This is a very prestigious category that recognizes outstanding service during the year. Don’t confuse this with a simple “Angie’s List Certification,” which merely means that a company is paying to get listed in a high position. The Outstanding Service Award means that the granite and stone company is in good business standing, carries the proper licenses, passes background checks, maintains an “A” quality grade, and has exceptional reviews.
On HomeAdvisor, Pure Granite & Stone has a rock-solid, verified 5-star rating. Every single one of HomeAdvisor’s online reviews is individually verified as legitimate. There is no ballot stuffing here. Companies can’t get friends and family to write fictitious top-notch reviews, which can happen on reviews websites with no vetting process. The average legitimate review scores determine HomeAdvisor’s verified rating.
Pure Granite & Stone is a family-owned company that’s been in business for more than 10 years. That not only speaks to credibility, expertise, and customer satisfaction, but to financial strength too. Don’t put down large deposits with companies with shaky financials!
At Pure Granite & Stone, the majority of our customers are contractors and kitchen remodelers who come back to us over and over again because we offer great pricing and excellent customer service. We rely heavily on word-of-mouth business because we don’t “burn” people by selling them something they don’t like or need. We have a well-deserved reputation for being highly ethical, standing behind our work, and delivering great value.
Larger, more “corporate” companies are all about speed and making sure that your “job” is cut and polished quickly and out-the-door as fast as possible. We, on the other hand, prefer to think of ourselves as craftsmen. We cut and polish everything by hand and triple-check everything before it leaves our shop. For example, edges that come off an automated machine have tiny score lines on them which you can feel with your hand if you inspect closely; our edges are smooth and silky to the touch. When you visit, ask us to show you the important differences between hand-crafted stone and mechanically processed countertops.
Pure Granite & Stone isn’t set up like a factory. Instead, we are set up to work together to create beautiful pieces of art that families and friends will love when they’re sitting around the kitchen table eating, drinking, and talking together.
If you do it “their” way, by the time your countertops are installed and ready to use, you’ll have invested countless hours visiting stone wholesalers, waiting for workers to come move large slabs of stone with forklifts so you can examine your options, and running back and forth between the stone yard and granite company to manage all the details.
At Granite & Stone, we simplified the process by half. We know that your time is extremely valuable, and that there are many ways to streamline the process to save you energy and help you make better and faster decisions.
Our experts are directly involved in educating you about options, pointing out obvious and hidden features of stones, helping you avoid inexperienced mistakes, and selecting everything you need for a stunning new, long-lasting, stone countertop.