One of the most durable materials in nature, granite is an ideal choice for countertops and other heavily used surfaces. Able to resist heat and scratching under normal use, it will also not react with citric acid, coffee, tea, or wine. Granite is considered more bacteria resistant than most other surfaces and like other natural stone, is porous and requires a sealant to prevent staining. Very low maintenance is required and the surface can be polished, honed, flamed to brushed.
Often viewed as having a more sophisticated, elegant look than other stone material, marble can be polished to shine brilliantly. Because it is not as durable as granite, marble is recommended for surfaces that are used lightly such as formal bathrooms or furniture tops. It should not be used as oven countertops as an excessive amount of heat can cause damage. Marble is also susceptible to dulling from acids and can be stained if spills aren’t immediately cleaned.
A matte finished stone surface that offers subtle veining and often captures fossilized plant and animal life, Limestone is always unique. It is mainly used for bathroom vanities and display tops, limestone is not recommended for kitchen countertops because it is relatively soft and susceptible to scratching. It is also highly reactive to acidic solutions and requires to be sealed and maintained to avoid staining.
Onyx is a semi-precious translucent stone that ranges in color from shades of white to a deep green. Known for bands or lines of contrasting color, onyx can be backlit for beautifully dramatic effects. This stone is soft and porous and should be sealed and installed where it will not be subject to hard wear. Otherwise, it will absorb liquids easily and can stain the stone. With the proper installation and care, onyx can be used for countertops, tile, vanities, and more.
Travertine is a type of limestone that is popular for bathroom vanities and furniture top surfaces. It is also used for floors, walls, and countertops but can scratch easily and is more susceptible to staining than granite or marble. Travertine is generally filled with grout before it is honed or polished which produces a uniform surface and can also be left unfilled. It is often seen as exterior surfaces of buildings.
A beautiful dark grey that darkens with age, soapstone is composed mostly of mineral talc, which makes it quite soft. However, soapstone used for countertops typically have higher percentages of quartz, which makes it harder and more suitable as a kitchen surface. Soapstone has a smooth matte feel and is resistant to etching from acids but can be damaged with scratches and heat.
Cosentino's brand that encompasses a range of natural stone product, Scalea includes a gorgeous array of countertop options. Quarried from the earth and unique in their beauty, each surface will bring great brilliance to your home.