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We fabricate and install Solid Surface, Quartz and Natural Stone countertops, fireplaces, showers and anything else you may think of. E.g.: Vanities, Bar­tops, BBQ’s, shower curbs, Windowsills…

Visit the links below for more details on Solid Surface, Quartz, Natural Stone and on other materials.

Solid Surface Material

CORIAN

Corian_samplesCorian was invented by DuPont in 1966 and was found to be a very hard, non-porous acrylic material. Corian is colorfast in even the harshest sunlight, and can be inconspicuously seamed. As with all surfaces, we recommend using a cutting board so as not to damage your knives or the surface. We also recommend using a trivet for hot items off of the stove or out of the oven. Corian is available in over 100 colors of sheet stock. Sinks made of Corian are generally various shades of white and come in a variety of shapes and configurations.

DuPont is a company that is over 200 years old and stands behind all of their products. DuPont guarantees Corian, for 10 years.

High heats such as heat generating appliances, (electric frying pans, waffle irons, coffee makers) and sharp objects can damage the surface of Corian. Most damage can be repaired by simply sanding it out with an orbital sander. We also give you a cutting board of Corian that is your dye lot for repairs, should anything go wrong.

We recommend a Corian as a vanity top and sink and as a shower surround for an easy to clean surface. We can fabricate Corian shower pans for those unusually sized shower floors when a factory made acrylic or fiberglass pan will not work. Please check with your building inspector to make sure that they are approved in your area.

Typically, backsplashes in Corian are butted to the top and caulked. Only in a solid surface material like Corian can we cove the horizontal and vertical joints for an additional charge. With coving, there will always be dust. For more information, please go to www.corian.com

Quartz

Engineered Quartz

Corian_samplesIt is comprised of approximately 93% natural quartz, and approximately 7% color pigments and polyester resins. Quartz is a practical, durable material that has a clear advantage over stone and other materials. These advantages are: Superior strength and flexibility, highly heat resistant, highly scratch resistant, extremely chip and crack resistant, impervious to stains, resistant to household acids, low maintenance, immune to freezing and thawing, mold resistant, and durable and easy to work with. We carry Cambria, Caesarstone, Silestone, and Pental quartz brands.

Natural Stone

Granite

Corian_samplesGranite is one of the most elegant looking materials that we are discussing here. It is usually polished to a high gloss finish and has a look like no other. The textures and colors that are available in granite can not be duplicated by man made products. We supply a list of the stone yards that we have found to be fair in price, have good quality materials, and supply good customer service to our customers.

Granite should be sealed every 6 months to help prevent staining, and should be sealed more often if hot objects are placed on it, as the heat removes the seal. We recommend the sealer SLX-100. Granite can be stained with oils, alcohol, or foods containing citric acid. Some granite stains can be removed with clay- like material called a poultice. Sometimes a poultice must be used more than one time to remove stains, but many people believe that a stain can add “character” to the stone. Granite comes in a variety of colors and textures. As an industry standard, it is quoted in ¾” material.

Marble and Limestone

Corian_samplesMarble and limestone are the softest of the natural stone materials. It should be sealed every 6 months to help prevent staining. The texture, colors, and soft patterns can seduce anyone into wanting some in their home. Marbles and limestones can be easily stained with oils, alcohols, foods containing citric acid, and even water. They can be easily scratched because it is a calcium deposit. They can also crack without warning. Alcohol tends to eat away at the minerals in marble and limestone, so it should not be used as a bar top. Because of the beauty of these materials, they make an excellent tile backsplash, or are also great in a lightly used guest bath.

Other Materials

Butcher Block

Corian_samplesButcher block tops are made of many types of wood. We only carry Maple in 1 3/8″ and 1 7/8″ thicknesses. The wood is kiln dried and tends to expand when it gets wet. It may turn black or discolored if water is left on the top. The butcher block can be left unsealed or sealed with oil, or urethane. If left unsealed, the tops will be extremely porous and will stain easily. It will also cut easily and allow bacteria to live and breed in its pores and cuts. We recommend cleaning butcher block with a de-chlorinated bleach and water solution. Butcher block does burn easily and should have a trivet used for hot items. If the butcher block tops are sealed, they should not be cut on. Butcher block tops can still absorb moisture from the dishwasher humidity and at the edges of the sink and cook-top cutouts. The top will warp or swell around the sink, and can eject the sink as the cutout constricts.