Granite is one of the most durable materials available. Granite is resistant to staining and discoloring when properly sealed on a regular basis. Sealing is easily done by anyone, and a properly sealed granite counter top will maintain a beautiful shiny luster for a lifetime.
Granite can have different finishes. A polished finish on the stone has a glossy surface that reflects light and emphasizes the color and marking of the material. A honed finish is a satin smooth surface with relatively little light reflection. There are also a variety of finishes that add texture to the stone such as leathered, antiqued and river washed.
Marble with its inherent warmth,
adds a sophisticated element to the area in which it is installed. Its naturally random appearance, engineering characteristics, and ease of maintenance makes it a premium choice for floors, table tops, wainscot, and vanity tops. Many marbles are well suited for wet area applications such as tub decks and showers.
Marbles can be etched by chemical attack. These stones are calcium carbonate based and are damaged by exposure to acidic solutions such as lemon juice, tomatoes, vinegar, etc. marble takes a little extra care.
A great choice for kitchen countertops and vanities. Quartz Products are impervious and very durable.
Quartz products are made up of a large percentage of crushed natural quartz, put back together with resins and pigments. Quartz Products allow you to get solid colors unlike granite or natural stone for a clean, contemporary look. You never need to seal Quartz Countertops making them maintenance free.
It is important that you protect your Quartz countertop from heat by using a trivet. To prevent scratching avoid cutting directly on the countertop.
Paragon is not offering this product currently.
Porcelain Products: Neolith, Dekton, and Geoluxe.
Ultra Compact Surfaces are a completely new type of all natural extremely durable surface material that can be used for countertops, floors, and even as siding for interior and exterior walls. Also, due to its ultra-compact structure, Ultra Compact Surfaces are particularly suitable for installations for outdoor kitchens and barbecues.
A traditional use of soapstone was the laboratory table top in chemistry labs. That application alone should serve as a great testimonial to the chemical resistance of the materials. Being of the softer variety of stone types, it it not known for particularly high abrasion or scratch resistance, yet they are both used as flooring and countertop products.
Soapstone is highly heat resistant, and has been used in fireplace surrounds frequently to take advantage of this property. Using mineral oil on soapstone gives it a rich appearance and helps in achieving its natural patina.
A beautiful, soft and soothing look. Quartzite is a metamorphic rock made almost entirely of the mineral quartz.
One of the appeals of quartzite is its hardness and durability. Not only does this make for a tough stone, but it also makes it easy to tell quartzite from the imposters. Etching is caused by acids dissolving small areas on the surface of a slab of stone. While this process does not harm a stone, it does blemish the surface. One of the appeals of quartzite is that it does not etch from acids like lemon juice or vinegar.