For centuries, natural stone has been the favorite choice for countertops in the finest homes. In fact, it continues to be the #1 choice for many of our customers today. That’s because the beauty of nature isn’t something that can be made in a factory. It took thousands of years to be built, shaped, and formed through all natural processes that just can’t be replicated with ease.
Selecting your stones is the first stage of the process. In the images below, you will see that each stone type has its own unique properties, advantages and disadvantages. In the end, it all depends on how and where you plan on using them. If you’re looking for something extra, in addition to natural materials, there is a new generation of “stone like” materials that are usable wherever the natural product is used as well.
Granite is a natural stone that has been used as a building material for centuries. Its hardness, strength and durability make it a sought-after material for kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces and outdoor areas. At Firenza Stone, we’ve been bringing high-quality granite to Cleveland and northeast Ohio for generations.
Marbles, serpentines, and onyxes are traditionally prized for their aesthetic appeal, accentuated by distinct veining and often bold colors. They are relatively softer than granite, although some serpentines are as dense as some granites
Quartz continues to become an alternative to natural stone. It’s a mix of mineral, color and resin. This man-made stone offers an increasingly realistic look mimicking materials such as marble, granite, concrete, and more.
Quartzite is a natural stone and not man made. It is a metamorphic rock, created when sandstone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure deep within the earth’s crust.
Natural quarried stone and a metamorphic rock called steatite. This is the material we use for our countertops, sinks, masonry heaters, flooring, and many other architectural applications.
Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties.
Ultra Compact is composed of naturally existing, inorganic minerals that are subjected to an extreme heat high pressure process called “Particle Sintering Technology (PST).” It is highly UV, scratch, stain, fire (heat), abrasion and freezing (thawing) resistant.
They’re a part of the engineered stone family. Porcelain is made from kaolinite clay baked in extreme heat (1200 – 1400 °C) to harden it into a dense and highly durable material. Impurities such as silica, mineral oxides, and feldspars do exist in the clay.
End grain Walnut Butcher Block (shown) to face and edge grain Maple. Also available in Cherry, Red Oak, and Bamboo
Hand made and hand selected, visually dynamic, combined with epoxy or resin to create large slabs that may be back-lit for a dramatic effect.
Durable, stain resistant, heat tolerant, sleep modern appearance, custom fabricated.
Connect with our trusted design team to answer your questions or to schedule an appointment to begin the journey to your dream home.