Traditionally countertops are sold in full slab quantities of 60 square feet. What happens if your project only requires 30 square feet? Or 15? CountertopSmart.com is an online marketplace that allows homeowners and construction trade professionals access to a little known secondary market of “countertop remnants”, or the remaining, unused portion of a full slab. We greatly expand customer options while saving them an average of 60-80% on the cost of stone.
The Venus de Milo, the Tower of Pisa, and the United States Supreme Court are all examples of artisanal works of art and architecture crafted from the stone that has become a staple in San Antonio homes today. Marble has long been sought for interior applications such as countertop surfacing, wall cladding and floor tile largely because of its recognizable, brilliant white base and veining that runs the gamut from grey to gold. Whether your design style is contemporary or classic, you’ve likely considered marble as a design aesthetic in your construction project and for good reason; Marble is instantly identifiable as a chic, refined selection for your finish-out. The major decision as to whether or not marble is an appropriate use as a countertop surface usually involves two factors: budget and durability. Marble countertops typically land in the higher price tier of natural stone options and its softer, porous properties require more upkeep to avoid stains, chips and cuts.
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Marble is changed from minerals to stone through a metamorphic process of intense pressure and heat over the course of many millennia. The calcium carbonate that forms marble’s recognizable white base is often marked with impurities that result in various colors of veining. You might already be familiar with Italy’s famous Carrara marble, but thousands upon thousands of various styles are mined from locations all over the world and in colors that span the spectrum.
Marble is a porous natural stone that is more susceptible to staining than other stone countertop options like granite, quartzite and soapstone. Like all-natural stone (but perhaps most importantly with marble), it’s incredibly important to re-apply topical or impregnating sealers with regularity. Typically, your countertop installer will seal your marble surface as part of the initial countertop installation but it’s prudent to maintain a regular schedule of maintenance and be sure to wipe up all liquid spills within a sensible time period.
CountertopSmart suggests consulting the Natural Stone Institute website for further instruction.Browse Marble Remnants in San Antonio, TX
From the Deco District to Olmos Park, Alamo Heights to the Missions, granite long remains a staple of San Antonio countertop surfacing materials. This durable countertop stone comes in thousands of colors and aesthetics in ‘per square foot’ prices ranging from the low teens to the hundreds of dollars. Much like the booming Alamo City itself, the rise of granite as a countertop surface began in the nineties and continues its meteoric growth today aided in large part through mass imports from Brazil, India and China. The unique range of color options make it a popular design choice for residences of all styles; from Arte Moderne to Spanish Eclectic and everything between. Granite is truly as versatile and rich as the city of San Antonio itself.
Granite is a siliceous stone primarily composed of quartz and feldspar that, when exposed to millions of years of heat and pressure, forms an incredibly dense and highly durable stone countertop surface. Granite is also more resistant to ultra violet light than many other natural stones, making it a popular option for outdoor applications.
Though extremely durable compared to marble and other calcareous stones (like limestone), Granite is still porous and therefore needs to be sealed with topical or penetrating sealers and maintained regularly. Do your best to expediently clean up spills from acidic liquids like coffee and wine in order to prevent etching into the stone and avoid everyday cleaning products that contain abrasive beads or solvent-based ingredients. Instead, opt for non-solvent based, gentle cleaners that are designed to clean and enhance the existing seal (such as Dupont’s line of StoneTech stone care products).Browse Granite Remnants in San Antonio, TX
You’ll typically pay a steep price for this beautiful, often times translucent stone but residents of San Antonio and surrounding areas need look no further than CountertopSmart to find this highly sought after countertop surface in portions that can save you a bundle. The use of quartzite as a countertop surface has grown exponentially more popular in the past decade due to the vast range of appealing options and reputation as a sturdy, highly forgiving countertop surface. Not to be confused with “quartz” countertops, which commonly refer to a man-made surface material, quartzite is a natural stone. Which, in several types, shares a similar appearance to marble, but in most instances, contains a unique glass-like property that gives the visual impression of looking into the stone itself.
Quartzite is a siliceous stone that is formed over millions of years through pressure and heat as sand is changed to stone. The fractured appearance of quartzite is formed through mineral deposits that can run linearly as commonly seen in “Macaubus” varieties of quartzite or in swirling patterns commonly seen in the extremely popular “Taj Mahal” variety.
Quartzite is an incredibly hard stone and its density makes it less prone to staining. That being said, you’ll still want to apply an impregnating sealer or topical stone sealer that best suits your desired sheen level (your countertop fabricator will apply the initial seal as part of the installation). As with all-natural stone surfaces, use gentle, non-solvent based cleaners or old fashioned warm water and soap and maintain a regular schedule of resealing.Browse Quartzite Remnants in San Antonio, TX
Silestone, Caesarstone, Cambria, and Metro Quartz are examples of brand names that have become ubiquitous with the quartz countertop industry. These near bullet-proof surfaces have become the latest rage in the countertop industry, leading all other surfaces, both natural and man-made, in market share gains over the past five years. Quartz countertops are engineered through proprietary processes of combining pulverized natural stone with synthetic or bio-based resin. The highly controlled process results in a vast array of aesthetic options and near perfect color consistency between job lots. Add to the fact that quartz countertops are considered non-porous surfaces and contain a tensile strength higher than most natural stone, and you can easily see why quartz is in high demand.
So, what are the differences between all of the various brands of quartz countertops on the market? We’ll let the various manufacturers sell you on why their product is the best, but it should be noted that all quartz surfaces are produced in nearly the same way and with the same equipment. Breton, an Italian company that produces manufacturing plants and technologies for the stone, aerospace and the automotive industries created and patented the equipment and processes that almost all current quartz manufacturers rely on to produce their brand name countertop lines. At their core, quartz countertops are about 90% finely crushed natural stone and 10% polymer or bio-based resin.
Say goodbye to maintenance! Just kidding, you still need to maintain your quartz countertops by using protective surfaces (coasters, trivets, and cutting-boards) when cooking and entertaining. It is true that you’ll never have to seal your countertops (quartz is non-porous), but quartz is not invincible. You can still develop surface stains, scratches, gouges, chips, and you can easily damage the factory finish by using an abrasive cleaning pad. Of the aforementioned potential for damage, only surface stains can be undone. To remove surface stains, use a non-solvent based cleaner as recommended by the manufacturer.Browse Quartz Remnants in San Antonio, TX