Stone Types

Stone Types


Polished – Shiny, smooth surface
Honed – Matte, smooth surface
Suede – Matte, textured surface


Of all the natural stones used in the countertop industry, Granite is typically the most durable and cost-effective.

Wholesale material cost of granite comes in lower than the other options available however depending on the uniqueness of material, One granite slab could potentially cost much more. The pricing of granite spans a wider range from entry level to exotic than any other material.


Quarried for centuries, marble is a trusted building material by many. Softer and more porous than granite, marble requires a sealer to prevent staining. Even when sealed, etching and scratching are inherent properties of marble. Etching is the dulling of a polish due to the presence of an acid (fruit, alcohol, vinegar, ect.) This is not to be confused with a stain. Choosing a honed finish can help this process be less noticeable.


Soapstone is a unique stone that has been used for centuries for fireplaces, science laboratories, and even farmhouse sinks and countertops. Made predominantly of the soft mineral talc, soapstone is known for its natural patina (scratching and wear0. Soapstone is non-porous, naturally anti-bacterial, and does not need to be sealed. It can be treated with mineral oil to darken the material overall, which also helps minimize the appearance of scratches and wear.


Not to be confused with quartz, quartzite is a natural quarried stone. Homeowners often choose quartzite for its durability paired with its marbleized pattern. More resilient to scratches and wear, however quartzite still needs to be well sealed. While typically minimal, scratching and etching can occur in some quartzite.


Often described as a young marble, this material has similar wear and patina to marble and travertine. Limestone is known for its unique look, which can sometimes include fossils.


The Coliseum in Rome may be one of the greatest examples of the use of travertine. Formed near bubbling hot sprints, travertine can be identified by its natural holes. The surface can be filled to maintain a smooth surface. Commonly sold in a honed finish, this stone is also prone to scratching, etching, and staining.


Known for its translucency, onyx can be backlit, creating a breathtaking glow. This makes it great for decorative applications. One of our softest stone offerings, onyx can very easily etch, scratch, and stain.


Typically known for a sparkling appearance, schist can be a bit more fragile than granite with the potential to scratch. The layers that make schist sparkle can also make it more difficult to work with, resulting in some fabricators avoiding the material. However, schist is a viable option that can be a great choice for kitchens.


Quartz is a great, durable surface that is rapidly gaining popularity. This material uses natural quartz stone which is ground up and resined together to form a slab. Quartz does not need to be sealed. Unlike natural stone, quartz can be less heat resistant. The use of a trivet or pot holder under pans is recommended. Hone quartz slabs have a higher risk of staining.

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