Quartzite Countertops Cincinnati OH, Soapstone, Slate and Limestone


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 their strength, beauty, and overall durability.

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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.

Solid-Surface (Such As Corian)

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.

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The 4 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.

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