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These are materials found around the world that have been formed by a natural process over thousands of years. One example is granite, which is an Igneous rock formed from molten lava typically during the formation of mountains. Quartzite, marble and soapstone are other common stones, each having unique attributes suitable for different uses. We try to educate and suggest the right product based on customer expectations. All of these stones have a unique beauty and often a one of a kind nature to them. They have the most gloss of all materials commonly available although they can be honed or leathered as well.

soapstone

Are you looking for a beautiful, durable, naturally non-porous countertop that requires no maintenance? Look no further than Cameo’s Countertops, Inc. as our soapstone is timelessly elegant, cleans easily with soap and water, and is not affected by chemicals, acids or heat.

It is little wonder that soapstone countertops are becoming a more popular choice for homeowners across the country. This completely natural surface has many distinctive benefits that you will not find in rivals such as marble, quartz and granite. Along with these amazing benefits also come various cons that you should know about before taking the plunge and making an investment in a new counter. We have put forth every effort to bring forward all of the pros and cons so that you can make a truly informed opinion about the new addition to your kitchen.

Mother Nature has put her best into producing this rock that is available in varying degrees of hardness. The softest type is used for sculpting while harder stone is used for tables, kitchen work surfaces, wood burning stoves, tiles etc. Durability is one of soapstone’s biggest bragging rights and it is common to see soapstone stoves and sinks that were manufactured in the 1800s still being used today in the northeast section of the United States. If you decide to purchase one for your kitchen work surface, you can consider it a beautiful investment for life.

When it comes to any soapstone countertops, no two slabs are ever the same. The one that you have decorating your kitchen will never be duplicated in any other home. Your countertop will become a personal treasure and will grow on you as it ages.

The color of the stone can vary depending on the area that is coming from. The colors can range from an almost pale green to a light gray. You will have the option of applying mineral oil to soapstone countertops to darken the look or you can keep it looking natural and avoid the oiling process completely. Mineral oil does not have to be applied and you will have the choice between a lighter and a darker countertop based on your own personal preference.

granite

If you are shopping for granite, you have probably seen endless photos of beautiful installations and rows of pristine slabs at suppliers. But have you ever wondered how granite goes from untouched rock sitting beneath the earth’s surface to a polished countertop shaped specifically for your kitchen?

Granite is a coarse-grained igneous rock composed chiefly of orthoclase and albite feldspars and of quartz, usually with lesser amounts of one or more other minerals, as mica, hornblende, or augite.

Granite is found close enough to the surface that it can be cut from shallow quarries. In order to get the granite into transportable blocks, small holes are drilled in the shape of the desired block size. Carefully planned explosives placed into these holes create just enough blast to separate the block of granite from the bedrock without breaking the block itself.

The blasting engineers must be very careful to direct the falling block onto a bed of soft sand so that it does not crack or split at a bad angle. Earth moving equipment is used get these huge raw blocks of granite to load into heavy duty trucks, to be transported to slab fabrication facilities.

Once the large blocks of granite are cut into big slabs, the surfaces must be polished to bring out the natural colors and patterns and make them smooth to the touch. These machines have large, diamond polishing pads that slowly bring out the shine in the stone with each new layer of polishing. Much like wood, granite much be polished with progressively finer pads to get a quality finish. This process just polishes the top surface of the stone, leaving the slabs with rough edges.

Our premium surface granite selection offers hundreds of color patterns. Cameo has the perfect granite countertop for your project, whether your granite countertop needs are for the kitchen, bathroom, or other surface. All granite countertop slabs will be customized to your specifications.

marble

Marble countertop surfaces are timeless and Cameo’s marble countertop selection is unmatched. If you are a looking for a surface to sustain through the ages, this natural stone countertop material is a perfect option for your countertop needs.

The sequence of events that brings natural stone from the quarry to the home has not changed much since stone entered the homes of the ancient Greeks. Large blocks of stone are cut from the quarry. From those blocks, thin pieces of stone are cut called slabs. The slabs are then shaped, polished, and shipped for installation.

What has changed dramatically over the years is the type of machinery used in this age-old sequence. Three basic types of machines are involved in the fabrication process: saws, polishers, and routers.

Saws perform several functions during fabrication. A block saw, or gang saw, cuts the massive stone blocks into slabs. These days, diamond wire saws make short work of this task. A metal wire is studded with industrial-grade or synthetic diamonds, and this wire quickly cuts through stone as hard as granite. A bridge saw is then used to cut the stone slab into the proper shape for its application, whether it be a countertop or a sink. These saws typically use circular metal blades studded with diamonds, and water is sprayed onto the blade to cool it during the cutting process. Modern technology has produced a new type of saw utilizing water jets combined with an abrasive material, which cuts edges and holes quickly and smoothly, and many fabricators are upgrading to these machines.

Polishers grind down the naturally rough surface of the stone to whatever finish the consumer desires. Hard stones like marble and granite can be polished all the way to a mirror finish. The polisher consists of rotating pads that are surfaced with an abrasive substance. The finer and smaller the abrasive grits are, the higher the polish. Most modern polishers can produce a variety of finishes, from the smooth, soft look of a honed finish to a slick, shiny mirror finish…even decorative finishes like flamed, tumbled, or hammered.

quartzite

A dense, hard metamorphic quartz based stone typically formed from sandstone. In some deposits, intrusion of minerals during the formation process creates unusual coloration. Quartzite can be the hardest and most resilient of all natural stones. It can also have some inclusions of calcite making it a Dolomitic stone and therefore less resilient having some localized marble content.