Looking for a new counter-top and not sure what to use?  Here are a few tips and material qualities to help with your selection.

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Granite is a common type of felsic intrusive igneous rock.  These rocks mainly consist of feldspar, quartz, mica, and amphibole minerals, which form interlocking, somewhat equigranular matrix of feldspar and quartz with scattered darker biotite mica and amphibole (often hornblende) peppering the lighter color minerals.  Granites can be predominantly white, pink, or gray in color, depending on their mineralogy.  This stone is commonly used for kitchen and bathroom counter-tops as well as fireplace surrounds and hearths.  The most common finish on granite is polished but some granites also come in honed (Matte) and textured (leathered/brushed/flamed/antiqued).

Marble is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock.    The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides, or chert which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone. Green coloration is often due to serpentine resulting from originally high magnesium limestone or dolostone with silica impurities. These various impurities have been mobilized and recrystallized by the intense pressure and heat of the metamorphism.  Marble is commonly used for bathroom counter-tops and is most often too soft and porous for kitchen applications.  We recommend using a honed finish if using Marble in your kitchen.

Quartzite is a hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally pure quartz sandstone.  Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure usually related to tectonic compression within orogenic belts. Pure quartzite is usually white to grey, though quartzites often occur in various shades of pink and red due to varying amounts of iron oxide.  Other colors, such as yellow, green, blue and orange, are due to other mineral impurities.  Quartzite is commonly used in kitchen and bath applications.

Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed largely of the minerals calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate.  Like most other sedimentary rocks, most limestone is composed of grains. Most grains in limestone are skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral or foraminifera. Other carbonate grains comprising limestones are ooids, peloids, intraclasts, and extraclasts. Some limestones do not consist of grains at all, and are formed completely by the chemical precipitation of calcite or aragonite, i.e. travertine.  Bathroom applications are typically best for Limestone and travertine.  Various finishes are available.

Quartz is a man made counter-top surface that is available in varying thicknesses and finishes.  We offer a range of quartz brands that vary in price.   These are composed largely of quartz with other materials that are compressed into a slab.   It is harder and more durable than natural stone but does not posess the same natural beauty.

Connecticut Stone Suppliers: Street Address: Town: Zip Phone Website
International Granite and Marble 800 Marshall Phelps Rd Building 2 Windsor, CT 06095 860-298-0368
EleMar New England 2 Gibbs St New Haven, CT 06511 203-782-3544
Marble and Granite 125 Old Gate Lane Milford, CT 06460 203-876-8195
European Granite and Marble 1100 Boston Ave Bridgeport, CT 06610 203-366-8600
Out-of-State Suppliers Street Address: Town: Zip Phone Website
Daltile 1250 Valley Brook Ave Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 201-729-0203
Elite Stone Importers 45 Park Rd Tinton Falls, NY 07724 732-542-7900
Granite and Marble Depot 15 Old Flanders Rd Westborough, MA 01581 508-836-5521
HG Stones 272 Johnson Ave Brooklyn, NY 11206 718-383-6708
LeaMar 171 Locke Dr, Suite 114 Marlorough, MA 01752 508-786-3088
MS International 116 Lundquist Dr Braintree, MA 02184 781-794-0100
Quartz Brands: Supplier: Website:
Pental Quartz European Granite and Marble
Color Quartz Marble and Granite
Cambria Quartz Boston Granite Exchange
Silestone Cosentino