Granite, Solid Surface, Marble, Porcelain, Quartz, Quartzite & Soapstone countertops are available for purchase They are installed by one of New Hampshire's leading fabricators. You are able to select view & select slabs in most cases. Many materials are available to see in our showroom.
COSENTINO, a leader in sustainable design surfaces for architecture and home and manufactures:
Silestone The ultimate mineral hybrid surface. Designed for life.
Dekton The versatile carbon-neutral architectural surface
Sensa Protection and superior quality in natural stone
Scalea One-of-a-kind designs for sophisticated spaces
What material is the right surface for your design and lifestyle?
Granite endures. The startling upthrust of rock that is Sugar Loaf in Rio De Janeiro or the majestic upsweep of mighty El Capitan in Yosemite stand in testament that granite can withstand the harshest of weather in nature. Of course, it can take whatever your busy life can throw at it!
Granite is composed of the minerals Quartz, Feldspar, Mica, and Hornblende, but it can play host to beautiful surprises of semi-precious gemstones embedded within their crystal structure. With so much variation in mineral content, crystal size, patterning, or flow, we strongly suggest that you view your slabs in person before making a final selection.
Michelangelo's David, the Taj Mahal; the Lincoln Memorial - Marble is the world's most cherished and beautiful building material that has been used to celebrate art, religion, and the history of our life since the time of the Pharaohs in Egypt. It has an inner glow and a fine crystal structure that can breathe life into your home, and similar to all living things, it will age.
True Carrara Marble is almost pure calcite, and calcite reacts vigorously to acid.
Items found in a kitchen: such as lemon juice, vinegar, cola, and coffee contain acid. All acids will react with marble to a certain extent, by eating at the top layers of the marble, which is known as “etching”. If the marble has a polished finish, the top microns of stone that have been polished will etch leaving dull areas. Selecting a honed or leathered finish, rather than polished, will help mitigate the visibility of etching.
Marble’s beauty can weather the ages, as seen in the statues and buildings we have admired, and it can beautify your home if you can accept that your life in your home will be documented on your counters. The patina of aging marble can be a grace in your home if you will accept it.
There is no denying the beauty of porcelain counters. Our featured product in this category is LAMINAM, an Italian company that produces state of the art porcelain/ceramic slab material suitable for kitchen counters.
Laminam manufactures its signature porcelain stoneware by wet-grinding clay, granite and metamorphic rock raw materials with a feldspar component and ceramic pigments. The result of this technology is a product that mirrors the look of natural stone, is stain and heat-resistant, will not etch, and can be used outdoors.
Porcelain is here to stay, Laminam has produced the material for high-quality fabrication and installation.
Startling beauty and understated elegance are available in Quartzite, one of the newer natural stones now made available to the building and remodeling world. Bold Fantasy Macaubas with intrusions of White Quartz and Aquamarine Beryl or Taj Mahal with a solid golden bronze of uninterrupted crystal offer enough differences to appeal to all tastes.
Quartzite is a Metamorphic Rock. Starting as pure quartz sandstone, extreme geological heat and pressure fuses the individual quartz sand crystals into a solid mass that is harder than granite and impervious to most household acids. Quartzite is usually white, gray, or honey toned like its original form in quartz, but it can be colored by trace minerals carried through ground water into the original sandstone bed. Blue Luise / Van Gogh and Macaubas are examples of colored Quartzite.
A Colonial Classic and a Timeless Beauty. Soft enough to cut by hand, Soapstone has been used for hundreds of years to make countertops, sinks, and stoves that last a lifetime.
Soapstone is a metamorphic siliceous natural stone that is non-porous, inert or non-reactive making it impervious to acids, and heat resistant. The hardness of Soapstone varies between different areas of the word and from soapstone deposit to deposit. It starts out as the soft mineral Talc, as in Talcum Powder, and through heat and pressure changes or metamorphizes to Soapstone. Further heat and pressure can force the stone to the hardest version of itself, Serpentine.
Because the heat and pressure to form Soapstone is variable, some can be scratched with a thumbnail, but harder versions can be difficult to scratch with metal or stone. Care should be used with your counters to limit scratching. Soapstone is non-porous. To darken the appearance of the Soapstone and the contrasting veins, you can apply mineral oil. You may need to reapply mineral oil, until the level of resins has built up evenly creating a natural "aged" look. If you prefer the lighter, natural look of soapstone, you can leave it "as is". Water will darken it short term, but once it dries, it will return to the original lighter tone.
Quartz or Engineered Quartz:
Quartz made exclusively to attract the eye, “Quartz” is a man-made material. It is engineered using sand made from natural quartz crystal that has been ground and sorted so it can mix with colors and bound in patterns designed to be beautiful in your home.
If you are attracted to the color and patterns of magnificent natural marble but do not want to lose the perfect polish to the wear and tear of your lifestyle, quartz might be the right choice for you. With the many different brands and colors within each brand, the options for color, grain size, and patterning are limitless.
Our fabricator carries an assortment of quartz options in house, curated to suite the current popular design trends at the best price points we can offer. If we are not stocking exactly what you would like for your home, we are able to order and fabricate all the top brands of quartz available in New England.
It is important to note that Quartz is not indestructible. Though it is scratch and stain resistant, it can be discolored or scratched by harsh cleansers. Material harder than quartz, such as some ceramics, can cause a degree of scratching. Heat, in excess of 100 degrees or over prolonged time, can also discolor or crack the surface. Cabinets must be 100% level for installation and a shift or settling in the cabinetry can cause the counter to crack.
Please refer to the manufacturer’s websites for important warrantee and care information before making your decision and material selection.
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