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Granite Tops2021-04-07T15:32:53+00:00

GRANITE FAQS

What should I know about granite?

Holds up to heat and is scratch resistant. Permanent and substantial look.
Very durable.
Unique; no two granite tops are exactly the same.
Coloration will never change; it will always remain as bright and vibrant as when first installed.

What colors can I choose from?2021-01-29T19:07:57+00:00

Granite can be elegant and luxurious, or casual and contemporary, depending on the color and finish you choose. Today there are countless colors of granite to choose.  Each piece of granite is unique; no two slabs will ever look identical. From greens, blues, and blacks, to pinks, whites, and yellows, the options are endless. Slabs also vary in patterns – some have large and intricate designs and movements while others are more subtle.

What are the different types of granite finishes?2021-01-03T18:02:22+00:00

Granite surfaces can be finished in a variety of ways; polished, honed, or leathered/brushed

What is the life expectancy of granite countertops?2021-01-29T19:09:56+00:00

When granite enters your home, not only is it already thousands of years old, but it will probably last another thousand years. To begin with, granite is tough. It is stain, scratch, and heat resistant, just to name a few of its impressive features. Experts say that using your granite countertops as a cutting board won’t hurt the countertops only dull your knives, and unless you try cutting granite with a diamond or smashing it with a sledge hammer, it won’t crack or break. Furthermore, it can withstand temperatures up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit without causing damage. These are just a few of the features of granite countertops and why they are so long lasting.

Can Granite surfaces be damaged?2021-01-29T19:11:11+00:00

Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp-tipped hard objects. Unsealed, granite may absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration. Fortunately, under typical household use, granite is not subjected to such events.

How do I clean my granite countertops?2021-01-03T18:14:47+00:00

To keep granite countertops clean, use a microfiber cloth to dust off countertop surfaces. Wipe down the granite countertops daily and as needed using water. Once a week wipe down with a damp cloth and a stone cleaner formulated with a neutral pH. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. They can scratch, pit, and etch the surface of the stone.

Can a damaged piece of stone be repaired?2021-01-29T19:14:18+00:00

Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp-tipped hard objects. Unsealed, granite can absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration. Fortunately, under typical household use, granite is not subjected to such events. Also, heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect granite under normal circumstances. If any damage occurred can be fixed with a mixture of epoxy and a ground-up of chips of stone. In many cases, the repair is invisible to the eye.

MARBLE FAQS

What should I know about Marble?

Although marble has the reputation of being the most luxurious material available, you may be surprised that some common types of marble are very affordable. It’s true that the rarest varieties can be more expensive. However, budget-friendly options, such as Carrera marble, can still make a sophisticated aesthetic statement and are easily found in stone yards around the world.

Where Can I Use Marble in my Home Design?2021-01-03T18:37:34+00:00

You may have seen marble used in kitchen countertops before, but DTK Stone Works actually does not recommend heavy use of marble in kitchen designs (except as an accent stone). Marble is highly susceptible to staining and damage from the acidic substances we all have in our kitchens, including vinegar, ketchup, and harsh chemicals. For this reason, we prefer using marble in bathroom designs where it’s less likely to come in contact with extremely high heat or acidic food and drinks. Marble makes even the smallest bathrooms look larger and more luxurious thanks to its gleaming white surface, so the results are well worth a little extra care.

Marble Design Options from DTK Stone Works2021-01-03T18:37:26+00:00

Typically, marble slabs for countertops come in sizes ranging from three-fourths of an inch to one and one-fourth inch thick, which is the same as most granite options. DTK Stone Works can craft a marble countertop with a highly polished finish for a shiny luster or a honed finish that’s sanded smooth to create a matte effect. Honed marble typically shows fewer scratches and less wear and thus requires less maintenance, but the choice of finish is entirely up to your preference.

How to Clean and Care for your Marble Countertops and Accents2021-01-03T18:37:06+00:00

Like granite, marble is porous, meaning it absorbs liquids, including stains from chemicals, foods, and beverages. It’s vital to apply annual sealing treatments to prevent seepage and staining. To clean marble, always look for the gentlest option possible, as hard chemicals can etch their way through the surface of the sealant and even the stone itself. Stay away from abrasive scrubbing pads and powdered cleansers; warm water and a soft cotton rag will work just fine. Wipe up spills immediately to avoid discoloration of the stone, and don’t place extremely hot pots or heated styling tools directly on the surface of the stone, as they could leave a permanent heat mark.
Marble is extremely hard, so deep scratches, chips, and cracks are rarely an issue. With a properly applied sealant and safe cleaning routine, your marble countertops will gleam for years to come.

QUARTZITE FAQS

What should I know about quartzite?

You’ve probably heard of quartz countertops, but have you heard of quartzite? Don’t let the name fool you; this material is more like granite than quartz, and more and more customers in Chicago, are asking our design team for this trendy option during a renovation.
Get all the basic information you need on quartzite right here, then contact DTK Stone Works. We handle quartzite fabrication and installation to craft gorgeous countertops.

What’s the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?2021-01-29T19:18:08+00:00

Despite the similarity in name, quartz and quartzite are completely different materials! Quartz is actually fabricated or engineered stone made from a silicon dioxide composite. Because it’s man-made, it’s very hard and can be created in a rainbow of colors not found in nature, like yellow, purple, or orange.
Meanwhile, quartzite is a real, naturally formed metamorphic rock. This means it’s only available in natural, neutral colors, and each slab is unique (this is also why it’s more expensive than quartz). Because of its beauty and durability, quartzite is starting to become more popular.

Quartzite Color Options2021-01-03T19:54:30+00:00

Quartzite is well-suited to most modern kitchens because it’s typically a white- or gray-based stone, sometimes with hints of brown and black. With a little searching and help from our team, it’s also possible to find natural quartzite with pink, red, yellow, blue, or green tones based on the minerals mixed in during the formation of the stone in the Earth. Rust-colored iron oxide, for example, tints quartzite with red or pink hues depending on the number of trace minerals in the stone.
No matter which slab you choose, every piece of quartzite is unique. The neutral color palette can complement any design with a subtle and elegant touch

Is Quartzite as Durable as Other Countertop Stones?2021-01-29T19:19:13+00:00

Quartzite falls on the harder end of the natural stone spectrum, meaning it’s not easy to scratch or chip. However, it is a porous stone, so care must be taken with direct heat and dark-colored spills. Typically we recommend sealing quartzite surfaces once a year, although this may be more or less frequent depending on the variety of quartzite slabs you choose for your home.

Does Quartzite Require a lot of Maintenance?2021-01-03T19:54:36+00:00

Other than an annual sealant, caring for quartzite is simple. Avoid harsh chemical cleaners, and quickly wipe up spills and messes with a natural soap and warm water.

Is Quartzite Expensive?2021-01-29T19:20:59+00:00

Natural quartzite has a higher price point than other countertop options because of its unique qualities. Quartzite’s versatility, durability, and attractiveness make it a worthwhile option as it has become a very popular choice in recent years.

Quartzite tops

SOAPSTONE FAQS

What should I know about soapstone?

If you’ve never considered or heard about Soapstone for your countertops, here’s a few facts about this versatile and beautiful natural stone that might change your mind.

What is Soapstone?2021-01-03T20:06:22+00:00

Although the name comes from its soft and almost soapy feel, soapstone is by no means a fragile countertop option. Soapstone is a natural (not manufactured or fabricated) rock material composed of talc, chlorite, mica, amphiboles, and carbonates that are formed in the Earth’s crust under extreme heat and pressure.
Because it’s a real stone that’s typically sourced from a prolific area in Brazil, soapstone is a great alternative for homeowners who are looking for an attractive and budget-friendly natural stone. In addition, soapstone countertops are more affordable and easier to care for than granite or marble.

Is Soapstone as Durable as Other Countertop Materials?2021-01-03T20:06:58+00:00

Soapstone is a very durable countertop material. In fact, the lower the talc content in the mixture, the stronger the stone. Because it isn’t as hard or brittle as granite, soapstone is easier to cut and shape. Plus, it can bear weight without cracking under pressure or heat.
The softer, more pliable surface of soapstone is slightly more prone to scratching than other materials like granite and marble, but there are two simple solutions. The first is to gently sand out light scratches with a bit of sandpaper and mineral oil to restore its original smoothness and luster. The second option is to leave a rougher, natural-looking finish on the countertop work surface (around 120 to 220 grit sanding) for a texture that absorbs and hides scratches caused by everyday use.

What Kind of Maintenance Does Soapstone Require?2021-01-29T19:22:03+00:00

Soapstone is very dense and nonporous, so unlike granite, very little care is needed. Your soapstone countertop doesn’t have to be sealed and resealed over the years in order to prevent stains from seeping into the surface, making it more low-maintenance than granite.

Lab tests show that soapstone is resistant to both acids and alkalis, including stains from tomatoes, wine, coffee, juice, makeup, and other common household products. Soapstone is also impervious to heat, and won’t melt, crack, or incur other damage.

To keep a soapstone countertop clean, any common household cleaner is safe to use, even one with chemicals and acids. The easiest way to care for your stone, however, is simply to wipe it down with regular soap and water.

Mineral oil is not required for protecting the nonporous surface of soapstone. However, some homeowners like to rub a coat of mineral oil across the surface for a lustrous finish that darkens the countertop by a few shades as it dries. Regularly applying mineral oil for the first six months to a year after installation will evenly and permanently darken the stone. Without mineral oil, the countertop will slowly darken in the areas that receive the most everyday use.

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