Travertine countertops have emerged as popular and affordable kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities in the US; of course, they’ve been a favorite for centuries in Italy and the Middle East. Travertine comes in various shades of brown, gold, cream, beige and
Natural Stone's resplendent natural color
and innately durable composition make it an
ideal material for countertops.
Our Natural Stone
Granite, Marble, Soapstone, Onyx
Visit online at any of our distributors for surface textures and color choices.
A CC+ representative will gladly assist you in making your choice:
Consider that in the past half century, new technology yielded products that could be molded like cultured marble, or applied to a wooden substrate to create counters using laminate or solid surface, which has proven to be trendy, but none has had the natural beauty, inherent value and historical significance of Granite, Marble, Travertine, Onyx, Soapstone or Slate.
We draw from over a dozen distributors in six states to resource Natural Stone - all Grade A products - with cool and subdued tones to wildly dramatic colors, to unforgettable exotics from Brazil, India, Italy and other countries. Of our natural stone projects, Granite comprises 60% of our natural stone sales, followed by Marble and the other natural stones.
More than half of the clients want to “hand pick” their slabs. We arrange for an appointment our client to visit one or more slab facilities, and thereby choose from a much larger selection than any local fabricator can offer. However, for clients too busy to visit slab facilities outside of our market, our “Concierge Slab Program,” is the solution: we locate slabs at several facilities who send online photos to us and our clients, and the chosen slab is immediately put on hold in the client’s name and delivered to our facility on the next scheduled truck for final approval.
Granite is present on every continent of the world, although most slabs are mined and shipped to the US from Brazil. Prices range from budget minded Group A colors such as Uba Tuba or Santa Cecelia, and for rare and complex stones - unforgettable exotics from Brazil, India, Africa and Italy – the price goes up.
The use of MARBLE dates back to Greek and Roman times, as huge blocks of stone were quarried using the most crude of methods for temples and statues. Marble is a classic stone that can be nearly white in color to black with veins of caramel and white; it is a “softer” stone than granite, meaning that it’s composition is more “open” and therefore it absorbs food and drink more easily than does granite or quartz.
Because of its simple beauty and an appreciation of European tradition, it is often the choice of people who love to cook and entertain in their kitchens. Bakers and chocolatiers are known for creating their delights on giant slabs of marble. But it doesn’t take well to red wine and tomato sauce stains, and any citrus fruit may cause “etching” so it’s advisable to use a cutting board for food prep.
An interesting point about granite is that although it is refined from the mines and shipped to distributors with a mirror-like shine, granite can also be resurfaced: “honed” or “flamed,” to soften the shine, or “brushed,” “sueded,” “leathered,” or “riverwashed,”, all of which give the slab an actual textured feel. Fantastic!
Granite colors can display particulate, consistent patterns the size of grains of salt to larger patterns that are quarter-sized, or large waves of colorations called movement or striation, some with a blending of pattern and waves. There are more than 1000 different colors from which to choose. Some is very dense, such as Absolute Black (single slabs can weigh over a thousand pounds), and some granite contains sedimentary minerals such as quartz, mica, even metals, such as Sedna, which should only be fabricated by experienced craftsmen like our staff.
We seal granite countertops after they’re installed*; they require occasional cleaning and re-sealing anywhere from 6 to nine months, which is inexpensive and easy to do. Ask us about the simple test for a counter than needs care and products we recommend.
*The exception to that is Silestone’s SenSa granite which is permeated with a sealer that has a 15 year stain warranty. No special cleaners or sealers are required!"
Beautiful Onyx is a delicate stone which requires great care in fabrication; onyx slabs come in stunning colors, usually creamy white to brownish reds, displaying wild patterns. Onyx countertops can be dramatic as undercounter lighting shows their translucency; be aware they scratch easily and need to be given regular care. Wall panels really show off their translucent effect when backlit; however used, onyx is a rather expensive choice.
Remember your high school chemistry lab? Soapstone was the material of choice for countertops designed to take a beating. In European and early American history, it was used for hearths where cooking over a wood fire was the mode of the day. Now Soapstone is recognized as a durable and hardworking natural stone that is virtually maintenance free. Soapstone is composed mostly of mineral talc, which makes it quite soft, but soapstone used for countertops typically has higher percentages of quartz, making it harder and more suitable as a kitchen surface.
ivory, due to the blending of impurities in the earth along with iron. Travertine countertops come in polished, matte, brushed or tumbled finishes, and are favored as flooring tiles and wall covering.
It has a natural grey color, but many examples have a green or blue cast, and it has smooth matte feel; it’s resistant to etching from acids, but does scratch easily, which is part of its character; scratches can be sanded away or oiled which makes the color darken with age.