Counter Top Edges
Milano Granite and Marble offers a wide variety of various materials for your countertop:
- Semi-Precious Stone
- Soap Stone
Granite and Marble
Natural stones are available in a beautiful spectrum of colors. Colors in granite and marble, for instance, can range from soft beiges and pinks and classic black-and-whites to rich corals, greens, and multi-colors. Marble traditionally features swirls and “veins” of colors; while granite has a flecked or pebbled appearance.
Unlike the repetitive sameness of materials produced by machine or assembly line, natural stone’s naturally varied appearance has wonderful character and creates a one-of-a-kind effect everywhere it is used.
Natural stone can be polished, honed, leathered, or flamed for a distinct appearance:
A polished finish has a glossy surface that reflects light and emphasizes the color and marking of the stone. This finish is typically used on walls, furniture tops, and floor tiles.
A honed finish is a satin-smooth surface with relatively little light reflection. It is generally preferred for floors, stair treads, thresholds, and other areas where heavy traffic will wear off a polished finish.
A flamed finish is a rough-textured surface used frequently on granite floor tiles.
The harder the stone, the more it resists abrasion. One measure of a natural stone’s strength is its Measurement of Hardness (MOH) rating; on which 1 is the softest and 10 is the hardest. On the MOH sale, most marbles rate “3” and quartz-based granites rate “7”. Using a softer stone simply requires the homeowner to use gentler cleansers and more frequent dusting to prevent scratching.
To view granite & marble sample colors, please click our suppliers’ logos below:
We are certified dealers and fabricators of the following quartz manufacturers:
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Engineered quartz is an increasingly popular choice for kitchen countertops. Quartz combines the look and feel of granite with the unmatched strength and durability of one of the world’s hardest materials. While it lacks some of the aesthetic appeal of granite and is significantly pricier than laminate, engineered quartz is a smart choice for homeowners looking for a material that is beautiful and practical.
Quartz is exceptionally hard, very durable, and, unlike granite, non-porous. It is heat and stain-resistant, and since it doesn’t require the frequent resealing of granite, it’s also easy to maintain. The natural density and hardness of quartz is highly resistant to the chips and dents that often occur in granite and laminate counter tops. The same qualities that keep it stain-free also prevent harmful bacteria from contaminating kitchen surfaces. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns to match almost any kitchen, from icy white to mottled pink and deep black.