Kohlhepp Custom Counter Tops
203A Beaver Drive DuBois, PA Phone (814) 371-8023
Granite is a natural stone which occurs in many colors similar to that of Marble. There, however, is where the similarities stop. Unlike marble, granite is composed of different minerals with different properties. It is chiefly made up of 30% quartz and 70% feldspar; both substances are much harder than the calcite in marble, and for this reason, granite is much more difficult to scratch than marble. Granite is highly resistant to most acids, they will not etch and leave dull spots. There is only one acid to avoid: Hydrofluoric acid, which is found in most rust removers.
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Soapstone is a natural quarried stone. It's a metamorphic rock that is called soapstone because of the soft, or soapy, feel of its surface, which is thanks to the presence of talc in the stone. Most American soapstone is sourced from the Appalachian mountain range, or imported from Brazil and Finland.
Marble is a metamorphic rock resulting from regional or, rarely, contact metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks (either limestone or dolomite rock) or metamorphism of older. This metamorphic process causes a complete recrystallization of the original rock into an interlocking mosaic of calcite, aragonite and/or dolomite crystals. The temperatures and pressures necessary to form marble usually destroy any fossils and sedimentary textures present in the original rock.
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Made from one of the hardest minerals on earth, quartz countertops are arguably the most durable option for kitchens. They come in a wide variety of colors, including fire-engine red and apple green, as well as earthy browns, blacks, and creams, with sparkles and veining for the look of granite or marble. But unlike natural-stone slabs, which are mined, these slabs are engineered in a factory. Their primary ingredient is ground quartz (about 94 percent), combined with polyester resins to bind it and pigments to give it color. For some designs, small amounts of recycled glass or metallic flecks are added to the mix. The resins also help make these counters stain and scratch resistant—and nonporous, so they never need to be sealed. Compare that with granite, the reigning king of high-end countertops, which typically requires a new protective top coat at least once a year.