Granite is a type of igneous rock that is found in nature. Granite is extremely durable. It is heat-resistant, scratch-resistant, and difficult to break. The colors and patterns of granite vary tremendously, ranging from speckled patterns to exotic swirls and streaks. Granite is an excellent choice for any surface.
Quartzite is another type of metamorphic rock that originates in nature as sandstone. Through heat and pressure, the sandstone is converted into quartzite, making it extremely hard. Quartzite is a good option for almost any surface, although it is a less popular choice than granite or quartz.
Soapstone is another type of metamorphic rock composed mainly of talc. Soapstone is a relatively soft stone that is susceptible to scratching, similar to marble. To the touch, the surface can sometimes feel soft like soap, hence the name soapstone. Soapstone is a great option for outdoor kitchens and bathrooms.
Quartz is an engineered product composed of recycled natural stone mixed with resin, polymers, and pigments. It is extremely durable. The small amount of resin present in quartz provides a layer of protection from spills and scratches. Quartz never has to be sealed, which makes it more maintenance-free than natural stones. There is a vast selection of quartz designs available to consumers. It is an excellent choice for any surface.
Marble is a metamorphic rock found in nature, from by high heat and pressure over a long period of time. Marble is less durable than granite. Although it is still heat-resistant, it is a softer stone, thus prone to scratching, staining, and breaking if not properly cared for. The simple, natural hues found in marble (often white, gray, or beige) give it a classic, timeless look. Marble is best suited for bathroom vanity tops or fireplace surrounds.
Travertine is a sedimentary rock similar to marble and limestone. Its most common colors are white, tan, and beige. Travertine often has natural pits and holes in its surface. It is susceptible to erosion, but has been an important architectural material across the world for centuries. Travertine is best used for bathroom vanities, fireplace surrounds, and floor tiles.