Independent Marble & Granite
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Products Offered

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Products Offered

Kitchen Countertops
Fireplace Surrounds, Mantles and Hearths
Bathroom Vanities
Tub Deck Surrounds
Slab Shower Walls/Shower Seats
Conference Tables/Coffee Tables
Bartops
Stainless Steel Undermount Sinks

Granite 

Granite is a coarse grained crystalline igneous rock composed primarily of quartz and feldspar.  It forms from slowly cooling magma (silicate melt) that is subjected to extreme pressures deep beneath the earth's surface.

With public awareness increasingly turning to the use of natural materials in the home, granite has become the countertop of choice for today's kitchen designer.  Synthetic solid surface materials are no match for the richness, depth, and stellar performance of real granite.  Unlike laminates and solid-surface materials, a hot frying pan has no effect on granite's mirror like finish.  The diamond-like hardness of granite makes it virtually impervious to abrasions, stains, and extreme heat, which makes it an excellent choice for any application in your home.

Most important: By choosing a granite countertop and island, you not only give your kitchen timeless performance and beauty, you increase the value of your home.

Features

  • Highly Heat Resistant
  • Naturally Beautiful
  • Difficult to chip and scratch
  • Stain resistance with Independent Marble & Granite care and maintenance
  • Resistant to mold and mildew
  • Immune to freezing and thawing

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Marble 

Marble is metamorphosed limestone, composed of very pure calcium carbonate and formed by the heat and pressure in the earth's crust.  Although marble comes from limestone, the temperatures and pressures necessary to form marble usually destroy any fossils that may have been present in the limestone.  This process is called recrystallization.  Fossilized materials in the limestone, along with its original carbonate minerals, recrystallize and form large, coarse grains of calcite.  Impurities present in the limestone during recrystallization affect the mineral composition of the marble that forms.  The minerals that result from impurities such as sand, clay, silt, and iron oxide give marble a wide variety of colors.  The purest calcite marble is white.  Marble containing hematite has a reddish color.  Marble that has limonite is yellow, and marble with serpentine is green.

Marble derives its name from the Greek "marmaros", meaning shining stone.

The softness of marble makes it very desirable for sculpture and building stone.  However, the softness of Marble also makes it more susceptible to staining, thus more frequent sealing is recommended to repel staining.  Depending on use, sealing with an impregnating sealer is recommend every 3-6 months.  Marble comes in many different colors, usually heavily veined, revealing many grains and is favored for its beauty and design.

Marble is found in many countries, including Belgium, France, Great Britain, Greece, India, Italy, and Spain.

Marble is recommended for vanities, fireplace surrounds, tables, tub decks and floor tiles, but not necessarily for kitchen countertop applications due to its softness and susceptibility to staining.
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Limestone 

Limestone is sedimentary rock consisting mostly of organic material such as skeletons and shells of marine creatures and sediments.  It is formed by material which settles to the bottom of bodies of water, and over millions of years, solidifies (lithifies) into solid rock.  Earth movements over extremely long periods of earth's history can lift limestone miles into the air.  The summit of Mount Everest is limestone that started out on an ocean floor.

Limestone is ordinarily white but may be colored by impurities, iron oxide making it brown, yellow, or red and carbon making it blue, black or gray.  The texture varies from coarse to fine.

More and More interior decor publications are emphasizing the use of Limestone and Travertine not only as a wise investment long-term to ceramics and terracotta, but for the ease of maintenance and overall appearance.

Limestone is recommended mainly for bathroom applications including vanities, tub decks, and shower walls.
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Travertine  

Travertine is a form of massive calcium carbonate, resulting from deposits by springs or rivers.  It is often beautifully colored and banded as a result of the presence of iron compounds or other (e.g., organic) impurities.  Travertine is actually a dense closely compacted form of limestone.

Travertine is an excellent product for residential and commercial use and is becoming increasingly popular because not only does it have the elegant look of marble, but also once sealed Travertine tiles require very little maintenance, which allows for a timeless & beautiful appearance.

Travertine tile possess a wide range of colors, and cover the spectrum from pure white to deep mahogany.  The various hues of Travertine tile can sometimes be constant throughout large pieces and at times are blended.  Travertine tile displays distinct veins at times and is a very sturdy natural stone.

Onyx marble, Mexican onyx, and Egyptian or Oriental alabaster are terms applied to Travertine.
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Onyx  

Onyx, like Travertine, is the result of water dissolving existing limestone and redepositing it as a new kind of stone, sometimes called sinter.  In limestone caves, onyx is formed by drip water, as stalagmites and stalactites.  It is a very soft stone, and somewhat brittle, and needs to be installed where it will not be subject to hard wear.  This beautiful stone is characterized by its translucence, and can actually be back lit for striking, dramatic effects.
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Soapstone 

Soapstone is a very soft, yet dense stone, made of a variety of talc.  It has a smooth "soapy" feeling.  It is a material that is durable and is easily worked.  Soapstone retains heat, withstands the influence of low or high temperatures.  It naturally resists stains, including chemicals and acids.  Soapstone is useful for sinks, countertops, and fire resistant surfaces.  Its use is applicable generally in any area, including:kitchen, laundry, bathroom, fireplace, tables, tub decks and floor tiles.

Soapstone offers a limited color range from dark gray to bluish or greenish gray, and darkens with age.  Mineral oil will protect the surface and is the only type of sealant necessary.
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Technistone 

Technistone is made using a combination of 93% quartz, quartz silica, granite, or recycled mirror (in the Starlight series), combined with 7% resin, colors, and binders.  This mixture is pressed into 120" x 52" sheets using a unique and proprietary vibration-vacuum compression process.  The sheets are then heat treated, cooled, ground (calibrated), and polished to a high gloss shine.  Each sheet is then individually inspected under bright lighting for any flaws or possible defects.

Technistone is scratch and heat resistant and has a durable high gloss shine.  Technistone is 99.9% solid and is unaffected by oils, wines, sodas, acids, and most common household cleaners.  Zero porosity means no crevices or microscopic voids for unhealthy bacteria to grow.  As a result, Technistone never has to be sealed.  Technistone is recommended for all applications within your home.
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CaesarStone  

CaesarStone is made of 93% natural quartz, one of the strongest elements in nature.  Manufactured in Israel, CaesarStone is the originator of quartz use in kitchen and bath applications.  CaesarStone has many advantages: it does not chip, crack or discolor.

Because CaesarStone is non-porous and never needs sealing, it doesn't catch food residue or bacteria and it cleans with just a moist cloth.  This surface resists stains, heat and even knife scratches.

CaesarStone offers an array of designer colors and natural finishes and marble-like textures.  Slab sizes are 120" x 54". CaesarStone offers a 10-year warranty on their product.
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Silestone® 

Silestone® is naturally beautiful, durable quartz.  Silestone® is the world's leading natural quartz surface - a superior stone for myriad interior surfacing applications because of its ideal combination of beauty and practicality.

Silestone® is a dense, non-porous stone that delivers unsurpassed reliability and performance - scratch - resistance and stain-resistance with no sealing required in a large variety of naturally beautiful colors.
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LG Viatera® 

LG Viatera®, categorized as quartz surfacing, is the newest addition to the LG family of countertop surfacing products.  LG Viatera® is composed of quartz blended with advanced polymer resins and colorfast pigments.  The manufacturing process takes place under intense heat and pressure.  The innovative design combined with cutting edge technology makes LG Viatera® the highest quality quartz surfacing material available. LG Viatera is 93% natural quartz providing an extremely durable living environment for the most demanding of consumers.  The versatile color palette will satisfy all your surfacing needs.  LG Viatera® does not need topical sealing.
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HanStone™ 

Hanstone™ is an innovative new product that combines natural quartz with high quality polymer resin and pigment to produce a durable yet luxurious stone-like surface.  HanStone is stain-resistant, heat-resistant and easy to maintain - perfect for high -traffic areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, offices, banks, hotels and restaurants.
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OKITE® 

OKITE® is a specially developed quartz based surfacing material (about 93% quartz and 7% polyester resin) made in Italy by Seieffe Srl.  OKITE's strength and durability are unparalleled as proven by outside independent sources that conducted tests on its physical, mechanical and environmental properties. OKITE® does not require sealing or polishing.   www.okite.com
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