In Texas, two of the most
sought-after types of natural stone countertops are marble and granite. But
many homeowners don’t realize that there are many other types of stone
available to them. One of the best ways to explore the types of natural stone
products on the market is to visit a stone supplier’s showroom. Unfortunately,
in Texas, many stone suppliers don’t maintain a showroom; instead, they keep
slabs outdoors in the yard. This can make for a hot and dusty day of shopping!
In addition, looking at stone in the glare of the sun or on overcast days won’t
really allow you to see how it will appear in your home. Before heading out to
choose your kitchen or bathroom countertops, find out which companies display
their products in comfortable surroundings. Omni Surfaces in Houston, for example, maintains a 15,000 square foot
facility that’s well lit and fully air-conditioned. Making important decisions
is much easier when you see the products you’re considering in a cool and
A World of Choices
Here are some of the options
available for Texas homeowners:
Granite is the number
one kitchen countertop choice of homeowners everywhere. Quarried in virtually
every country in the world, granite comes in a staggering array of colors and
patterns, from neutral shades with subtle flecks to exotic burgundy with bold
black veining. Granite is hard, stain-, scratch- and heat-resistant and easy to
care for. It’s safe for your family and it will last a lifetime.
An alternative to granite is quartzite
. Even harder than granite,
quartzite rates high on the Mohs
scale of mineral hardness.
It is formed
when sandstone and quartz are subjected to tremendous pressure. Although most
quartzite is white or grey, it can also be found in reds and pinks; oranges and
yellows; and greens and blues. Much of it originates from Brazil.
Not to be confused with
quartzite, quartz is an engineered
stone that’s approximately 90% crushed quartz stone mixed with resins and
pigments. Quartz is available in any color you can imagine and, because color
and pattern are uniform, matching seams is easy.
Throughout history, marble has been associated with fine
art and architecture. Installing a marble countertop brings beauty and elegance
to your home. Marble catches and reflects the light, giving it a depth and
luminous glow that’s unparalleled.
Often overlooked, onyx is a slightly translucent stone
that can be backlit for dramatic effect. It’s most commonly available in cream,
gold, red and green tones.
Travertine is imported from
Italy, Mexico, Turkey and the Middle East. It’s usually found in shades of walnut,
gold, cream, coral red, beige and ivory. Travertine is suitable for both
outdoor and indoor applications.
Many people don’t realize that
there are various types of soapstone. While
soft soapstone is used for carvings, the harder type has been used for
countertops for centuries. Hard and non-porous, soapstone can withstand heat
and is virtually stain-proof.
Explore the Possibilities
Once you’ve chosen a stone slab,
your fabricator will get it ready for your project. You will also be able to
choose a finish and an edge
. Natural stone slab surfaces add value to your home and beauty
to your life. Consider stone floors, walls, fireplaces, or other design
accents. Visit a stone supplier’s showroom today and learn more about finding
the perfect stone for your home!