Granite is the hardest and densest of all natural stones – the feldspar content keeps it water resistant, and the silicates it contains won't react with acid. These properties help Granite resist staining and retain its fine luster over a longer period of time than ceramic tiles or other stones.
Natural stones for countertops include Granite, Marble, Limestone, Soapstone, Quartzite and Slate. Natural stone products differ in composition, color, and texture even among pieces from the same source, giving each one a distinctive look.
Like Granite, Quartzite is a naturally occuring material which is extremely hard and resistant to chemicals, extreme temperatures, and etching. Quartzite is notably found in very light colors and patterns that closely resemble marble.
Marble is the perfect choice for bathrooms due to its wide spectrum of available colors. It also lends itself well to carved patterns and details, creating both traditional and artistic designs. While kitchen countertops are often exposed to acidic substances, bathroom countertops are more likely to be exposed to alkaline products, which do not react with Marble.
The muted, soft tones of limestone are perfect for today's casual and comfortable lifestyles. Available in hues of soft beige and tan, either polished or honed, limestone products are ideal for bathrooms, fireplaces, countertops and flooring in low-traffic, informal areas.