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Countertops for Burlington Homes

If you're building a new home or renovating your present one, one element that can really transform a room is the countertop. Whether you plan to install a new kitchen countertop or smaller bathroom countertops, you'll want to learn as much as you can about materials, finishes, and edges before visiting a Burlington area stone supplier's showroom. Here is a brief guide to stone countertops.

Choosing the Stone

There are several different types of stone that are popular for countertops, but the most common are:
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Engineered Stone (Quartz)
Each type of stone has advantages and disadvantages. Granite is the number one choice of many homeowners, for a number of different reasons. Granite is an igneous rock, quarried in virtually every region of the world, and there are thousands of types available. Granite comes in every colour of the rainbow, and in a wide variety of patterns. Some granite is patterned lightly, and almost monochrome, while others sport vivid jewel toned patterning and veining. Granite is also very durable. Less porous than many other types of fine stone, it will last for generations when properly cared for. Care involves little more than wiping the countertop down with a damp cloth or a with mild soap and water, accompanied by an annual resealing.
Marble is the stone most often associated with luxury, and fine art and architecture. Timeless structures like the Taj Mahal are renowned for their use of this beautiful stone. With advances in the technology for quarrying and cutting stone, marble is now an affordable option for Canadian homeowners. Marble is a cool stone with a buttery soft appearance; a classic marble countertop is sure to become the focal point of your kitchen. Marble is also available in many different colours and types, from classic white with grey veining to more exotic colourful varieties. Marble is slightly more porous than granite, so acidic food and drink can "etch” the surface if not cleaned up promptly. However, nothing is as innately elegant as a marble countertop.
Another popular choice is the engineered stone, or quartz. Using more than 90 per cent crushed quartz combined with small amounts of resin and other binding agents, engineered stone is very tough and durable, and unlike slab stone, doesn't require resealing. This stone is very good at mimicking granite slab, and it can be difficult for an untrained eye to tell the difference.

Finishes and Edges

There are three common finishes for slab stone countertops:
  • Polish. By grinding and buffing stone, it can be brought to a high glossy shine.
  • Honed. This matte finish is created by a sanding process. Smooth and silky but not as slippery or as formal in appearance as polished stone.
  • Leathered. This finish is less common, and gives stone a river-washed or leathered look.
Once you've selected stone and finish, it's time to choose an edge treatment. There are many different types of edges; some are more commonly used for traditional décor, others have a more contemporary feel. Straight, bullnose, ogee, and bevel are some of the most common edges.
Visit a stone supplier's showroom today and learn more about fine stone countertops!

Contact Info

791 South Service Road
Stoney Creek, ON, L8E 5Z2
Tel: 905 – 643 – 9982
Fax: 905 – 643 – 9776


Monday – Wednesday: 9 – 5
Thursday & Friday: 9 – 6
Saturday: 9 – 4
Sunday: Closed

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Stonex Granite & Quartz Inc.        |        226-289-2975        |        |
980 Juliana Drive,   Woodstock,   Ontario,   N4V 1B9,   Canada