Countertop Stone Types: Our Gorgeous Selections

At Legacy Tile & Granite, our showroom is full of impressive stones—both natural and engineered. You can find slabs of granite, marble, quartzite, and quartz in all sorts of colorations, patterns, and designs. We promise, there’s no such thing as too few options when you work with us.

If you’re worried about there being too many options, we understand—and that’s why we’re here to help you choose.

Let’s go over our countertop stone types.

Granite is a natural stone that’s known for its unique, bold patterns and high durability. It’s created under high heat and pressure—which means it has no problem with hot pots and pans. It’s heat resistant and will not scorch or sustain thermal damage.

Another great thing about granite countertops is that they’re scratch resistant. The only things that can scratch granite are other pieces of granite and diamond.

We love our engineered stone countertop, quartz. It is a man-made material that’s composed of natural quartz, along with a small percentage of polymers and resins that seal its pores and make it so that you never have to seal its surface. It doesn’t require much maintenance—all you need to clean it with is soap and water, and it never loses its shine.

One thing to be careful with around quartz is heat. It’s not as heat resistant as natural stones thanks to the resins in its makeup.

Besides the heat factor, quartz countertops are known for their durability. They’re flexible, which makes them unlikely to crack or chip, and they last for generations upon generations.

Marble has been used to create sculptures for centuries, so it should come as no surprise that this stone is pretty flexible. If you want a countertop with a curve, marble should be your number one choice.

Even though marble is a soft, porous stone, it’s still very durable. It holds up well against heat and chipping, and it can even be used for outdoor kitchens.

Acid is not a friend to marble, though. It can cause staining and etching, so keep the vinegar, nail polish remover, and citrus away from your marble surface.

This stone doesn’t involve much maintenance. It is known for having the same level of upkeep as granite, but it looks similar to marble. It has unique colorations and beautiful veining patterns, and aesthetics that catch the eye. If you love the way marble looks but aren’t crazy about the work it entails, consider quartzite.

It needs to be sealed, as other natural stones do, but it’s incredibly hard and resistant to heat, scratches, and chemicals.

Your New Countertop

Choosing your new countertop can be tough, but we hope to make things clearer with our countertops stone types. To find out more about our options, give Legacy Tile & Granite a call today at (850) 215-5779.

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