Frequently Asked Questions
Polished. This smooth, reflective surface draws out the color and texture for a rich look. It’s the least porous finish option, which is great for spills. But the shiny surface also accents any imperfections (and crumbs). Polished is the most popular, perhaps due in part to ease of cleaning.
Honed. While still smooth, this finish is not shiny and reflective. Though a honed finish doesn’t bring out the color as much, it does cut down on glare and mask imperfections. The surface is slightly more porous.
Leather. This finish, created when fabricators move diamond-tipped brushes across the surface, conveys the look and feel of textured leather.Like a polished surface, it is less porous and highlights the color; like a honed surface, it disguises crumbs and streaks.
Granite is an extremely impressive stone. Granite is tough, stain and scratch resistant and can handle some serious heat. Granite can withstand temperatures up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit (482.22 degrees Celsius) without causing damage. Experts will tell you that cutting on your counters wonâ€™t hurt the countertops at all, it will only dull your knives. Short of trying to cut your granite with a diamond or, more dramatically, smashing it with a sledge hammer, it will not break or even crack. These statements are just some of the evidence available that will prove that youâ€™re granite countertops can last a lifetime.
Granite, however, is considered the second hardest stone. Most granite is not subject to etching by household acids or scratching by knives and pots or pans under normal use. It is also not affected by typical kitchen heat such as hot pans.
Due to quartz countertops are manufactured, the color and pattern have no limit so you have an infinite amount of choices. including varieties that are almost identical to granite or marble.
Perhaps one of the best qualities of quartz surfaces is that they are stain- and heat-resistant, making them easy to maintain. The non-porous quality of quartz also makes it highly resistant to mold and bacteria contamination.