Learn Our Terminology

If you ever are with our consultants and hear them use words such as fissures and beauty marks, these definitions may help you better understand:

Fissure: The term “fissure” is used commercially in the stone industry to describe a visible separation or cleft in the slab. These do not reduce the structural integrity of the stone and are not scratches.

Beauty Marks: Crystalline structures in the stone that differ in pattern, size, and/or color from the typical characteristics. These are all caused by natural occurrences.


Granite is one of the top choices by consumers when it comes to kitchen and bathroom countertops. It is extremely resistant to stains, mold, and mildew. Second only to diamonds in hardness, Granite is also unaffected by heat, making it a perfect surface for a kitchen. Cleaning granite is easy! Just wipe the granite surface down with warm water and mild dishwashing detergent. Granite is a natural product, and each slab has a unique pattern and makeup. Therefore, each granite slab should be reviewed and approved before it is used.

Developed similarly to volcanic lava, granite is an igneous rock which at one point was red hot molten. It was formed deep within the earth’s crust, and as the molten rock surfaced, the rock slowly cooled and crystallized resulting in a stone that ranges in color from white, black, gray, pink, red, green, and brown.

Marble is the most fashionable of the natural stones. It is often used in home bathrooms for tub decks, shower walls, and decorative flooring. Marble is a lot softer than granite, which makes it more susceptible to stains from citric acids, alcohols, and oils. Spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible and cleaned with the same care as hardwood floors. Although marble does take some extra attention, many find its beauty and benefits to be well worth the added care. We encourage you to consider using marble in your home!

Marble is a metamorphic rock. It is formed through the combination of heat and pressure causing limestone to recrystallize. Marble is one of the most unique stones as it varies in textures, colors, and veining.

Similar to granite, quartz is also an extremely hard surface. Quartz, having a gem-like color to it, is a natural non-porous stone. It is one of the most popular choices for kitchen countertops, because it is resistant to scratches, stains, and heat. Quartz is also very durable and comes in many color choices.

Quartz is different from other stones in that it does not need to be sealed. A huge benefit of quartz is that it is eco-friendly, making it a great choice for doing your part for the environment when remodeling your home.

Quartz is formed when silicon and oxygen molecules are pressed together over long periods of time. Quartz is not only beautiful, but also a great material for kitchen countertops.