stone guide

Use this guide to help you determine which stone type is best suited to your application.

= Exceptional / Highly Recommended
= Poor / Not Recommended
= Good / Recommended
= Applicable
Quartz
Marble
Porcelain
Quartzite
Granite
Applications
Laundry Rooms
Indoor Kitchens
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1Leathered granites with small crystals and no resin work best.
2Porcelain must be well supported with room for expansion.
Bathrooms
Outdoor Kitchens and Counters
Characteristics
Quartz
Marble
Porcelain
Quartzite
Granite
Hardness
Ease of Maintenance
Man-made Stone
Natural Stone
Durability
Resistant to Heat
3Lighter colored stones may be more susceptible to stains.
4Small pits in stone are not a defect.
Resistant to Stains3
Resistant to UV Fading
Stone may have small pits4
Deep veins may weaken the stone
Stone can chip - may be repairable
SEAMS
Quartz
Marble
Porcelain
Quartzite
Granite
Seams are likely visible
Seams may be required to maintain the stone's integrity
Protection
Quartz
Marble
Porcelain
Quartzite
Granite
Avoid oil-based foods, chemical cleaners, ammonia,
acidic liquids (e.g. lemon juice), and abrasives
Avoid direct heat - Use trivets, hot pads, coasters, etc.
Never strike the stone - Always use a cutting board
Avoid direct sunlight
May scratch easily
Protect the edges from chipping
Avoid excess weight, e.g. standing, sitting on the stone
Avoid prolonged contact with moisture
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5Some granite colors may be susceptible to color change with exposure to sunlight.
Cleaning / Stains
Quartz
Marble
Porcelain
Quartzite
Granite
Polish with an approved product monthly
Wipe up spills immediately
Call us for stubborn stain removal
Soft cloth with mild soap and warm water daily
Edge-to-edge cleaning with approved cleaner weekly
Scrape off dried material with a razor blade or plastic scraper laid close to parallel to the surface
Sealing6
Quartz
Marble
Porcelain
Quartzite
Granite
Call us for professional sealing
Test by applying a spoonful of water on the stone. If it remains beaded for 20 minutes, no sealing is required. If the water is absorbed or darkens the stone, wait for it to dry and then seal the stone.
Use approved sealant as needed
6Natural stone countertops are sealed by Countertop Source before installation.
Do's and don'ts
Quartz
Marble
Porcelain
Quartzite
Granite
Support stone overhangs with corbels per Countertop Source's recommendations 
Cut food directly on the stone's surface 
Select type of stone based on intended use, not color only 
Clean with abrasive cleaners, chemicals 
Expose to direct sunlight
Call us to remove deep stains or repair stone 
Perform regular maintenance 
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Best Uses Map
Quartz
Marble
Porcelain
Quartzite
Granite
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