Quartz for Kitchener Homes
homeowners are attracted to the beauty of natural stone countertops.
For decades, the only two stone options available to Ontario
customers were granite and marble. In recent years, however, quartzite has been
gaining in popularity. Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that's formed when
quartz is fused with sandstone under great heat and pressure. This attractive
stone is similar in appearance to granite, but has an even harder surface,
scoring a seven on the Mohs scale.
Quartzite most often features neutral tones such as white, cream, beige, grey,
and brown. The presence of iron oxide in the stone gives some slabs a pink,
red, or burgundy tone. Exotic quartzes may even be found in yellow, blue, or
green. The patterning in quartzite ranges from very subtle to boldly dramatic.
The cut of the
stone will also make a difference to its appearance. A vein cut shows the minerals running vertically or lengthwise along
the slab. A cross cut slab is sliced
at a 90 degree angle and shows a cross section of the veins and layers in the
stone block. Stone from the same block can look radically different, depending
on how it's cut.
Finding a Supplier
serving the Kitchener area
include a wide range of companies, from franchise hardware stores selling floor
tiles to premium stone suppliers offering comprehensive service. Choosing a
supplier that offers to take charge of the process from beginning to end makes
a lot of sense. The best suppliers use cutting edge CNC fabrication techniques,
which maximize efficiency and precision.
Some things to
consider when choosing a stone supplier include:
- Track record. Talk to previous
customers and look at jobs completed by the company online or in person. Make
sure the company you choose has been in business for several years and is
- Selection. Pick a company that
maintains a showroom with thousands of stone slabs.
- Technical aspects. Ask about how the stone
is fabricated and installed. CNC has revolutionized the industry, and
state-of-the-art computerized equipment such as the NC260 will speed,
streamline, and ensure accuracy of the process.
- Options. Choose a company that
provides lots of options for finishing and edges. The edge you choose has a
great influence on the way your finished countertop will look, and you should
have as many options as possible.
Care of Your Stone Countertop
If you choose
quartzite, no sealer is necessary. For stone such as granite or marble, sealer
should be applied to the stone after installation. This sealer will last anywhere
between one and three years. Reapplying sealer is a simple process, usually
consisting of spreading the product on, wiping the excess off, and allowing it
to dry for up to an hour.
Wiping with a
damp cloth, or cleaning with water and a mild, PH-balanced soap is usually all
that's required to clean your stone countertop, although there are several
cleaners that are designed especially for stone. (These are generally available
at hardware stores.) When cleaning stone, never use glass cleaner, bleach, or
abrasive cleansers. Stone countertops will last for generations when properly
Visit a stone supplier's
showroom today, and explore the options available for your Kitchener home!