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Countertops in the GTA: Fine Stone

 
There are dozens of countertop suppliers in the Greater Toronto Area. Many of them offer various types of countertops, from laminate to stainless steel, from ceramic tile to stone. Even franchise hardware stores now offer countertop tiles and DIY kits. But if you want to install a stone countertop in your home, condo, or business, you'll want to deal with a company that specializes in fine stone.
 
With the rising popularity of natural stone countertops and other stone interior design elements, these types of companies have proliferated, too. But there are some important criteria to consider when choosing a stone supplier.
  • Selection. Better suppliers maintain a showroom displaying hundreds (even thousands) of types of stone to choose from. The most common countertop material is granite, which is available in a staggering array of colours and patterns. Other popular stone includes marble, onyx, travertine, and quartzite. Engineered stone may also be available.
  • Comprehensive Service. Make sure your stone supplier offers fabrication and installation, so that you only have to deal with one contact point to learn everything you need to know. Service should be seamless.
  • Fabrication. Just as better technology has transformed the way that fine stone is extracted from quarries, computer assisted design and CNC fabrication have revolutionized the way that stone is fabricated. Talk to prospective suppliers about their fabrication process. State-of-the-art technology can maximize both precision and efficiency. This can be crucial, especially if you are installing multiple countertops in a commercial setting, or if you need to meet a particular deadline.
  • Expertise.Knowledgeable staff can help you to choose stone. Expert craftsmen are necessary to the fabrication process. And it's important that the company employs efficient, professional installers. Ask for references and speak to previous customers to find out what their experience with the company was like.

Educate Yourself

 
You can save yourself time and ensure that the decisions you make are the right ones for you by learning more about stone before visiting a showroom. Each type of stone has different advantages and challenges. Marble, for example, is the ultimate in luxury, associated as it is with fine art and architecture through the ages. It is also a great choice for chefs who love to make pastry, as its cool surface is perfect for that purpose. But because marble surface is more porous than some other types of stone, spills (especially acidic food or drink such as tomato sauce, wine, or orange juice) can "etch” the surface if it's not wiped up in a timely fashion.
 
You can also save time by thinking ahead about what kind of finish and edge will be best for you. The three most common stone finishes are:
  • Polished
  • Honed (or Matte)
  • Leathered
Again, each of these has advantages and challenges. A polished surface looks dramatic, and really brings out the beauty and colour of the stone. However, any crumbs or fingerprints will show more clearly than on a honed or leathered surface.
 
There are many types of edges, some more suited to traditional décor, others associated with contemporary design. A reputable supplier of fine stone countertops in the GTA can help walk you through the many choices available for finishes and edging.
 
Being familiar with the many different types of fine stone, edges and finishes will help you make good decisions. Then, all that is left to do is enjoy the natural beauty fi stone in your beautiful business or living space.
 

Contact Info

 
791 South Service Road
Stoney Creek, ON, L8E 5Z2
 
Tel: 905 – 643 – 9982
Fax: 905 – 643 – 9776
E-mail: info@stonehavengranite.com
 

Hours

 
Monday – Wednesday: 9 – 5
Thursday & Friday: 9 – 6
Saturday: 9 – 4
Sunday: Closed

Type of Stone

 
Granite
Marble
Onyx
Travertine
Stonex Granite & Quartz Inc.        |        226-289-2975        |        info@stonehavengranite.com        |        stonex.ca
980 Juliana Drive,   Woodstock,   Ontario,   N4V 1B9,   Canada