Waco, TX | MTTS Granite and Marble

MTTS Granite and Marble offers the following counter top stone types:

1. Granite (Natural): Defined as: a very hard natural igneous rock formation of visibly crystalline texture formed essentially of quartz and orthoclase or microcline and used especially for building and for monuments.

  • It is one of the hardest and most durable surfaces available.
  • Can be damaged by direct a/o extreme heat exposure.
  • Very stain resistant. Sealing every 3-8 years depending on porosity and sealer used.
  • pH neutral cleaner, Blue Original Windex, special granite cleaner.
  • Installed interior, exterior, commercial, residential.
  • 2. Quartz (Engineered): Considered engineered stone. Made from quartz crystals, resin and pigments. Waco, TX | MTTS Granite and Marble

  • Colors are consistent slab to slab.
  • There is a naturally occurring material quartz…not to be confused with this one.
  • Can be damaged by heat. Not recommended for outside applications.
  • Highly resistant to staining and no sealing required.
  • Seams are typically more visible.
  • pH neutral cleaner, Blue Original Windex, special quartz cleaner.
  • Installed interior, commercial, residential. Not outside or indoor fireplace surrounds.
  • Can be more costly than granite.
  • 3. Marble (Natural): Defined as: metamorphosed limestone, consisting chiefly of recrystallized calcite or dolomite. Occurs in a wide range of colors, used in sculpture/architecture. Waco, TX | MTTS Granite and Marble

  • Can stain and scratch. Not recommended for kitchens or other high traffic areas.
  • Can be more costly than granite.
  • Can be damaged by direct heat exposure.
  • Must be sealed yearly.
  • pH neutral cleaner, Blue Original Windex or special marble cleaner.
  • 4. Quartzite (Natural): Defined as: Quartzite is a nonfoliated metamorphic rock composed almost entirely of quartz. It forms when a quartz-rich sandstone is altered by the heat, pressure, and chemical activity of metamorphism. These conditions recrystallize the sand grains and the silica cement that binds them together. The result is a network of interlocking quartz grains of incredible strength. Waco, TX | MTTS Granite and Marble

  • Much costlier than granite, marble and quartz.
  • Is one of the hardest surfaces available.
  • Can be damaged by extreme heat.
  • Sealing schedule same as granite.
  • pH neutral cleaner, Blue Original Windex or special natural stone cleaner.
  • 5. Porcelain: MTTS Granite & Marble is Dekton and Neolith Certified. Waco, TX | MTTS Granite and Marble
    Advantages

  • Gives the look of marble without the upkeep and care.
  • Virtually scratch resistant. The polished versions are somewhat more susceptible. Ceramic knives have been known to scratch.
  • Hot pots will not scorch or damage the surface although trivets are still advised to be used for hot cookware.
  • Porcelain is also resistant to ultraviolet light which means it will not fade from sunlight so it’s a great choice for outdoor countertops.
  • Acidic foods, drinks and or chemicals will not dull or etch the surface as it does marble.
  • Impervious to water so wiping away spills immediately is not necessary as in marble.
  • No sealing is required.
  • Disadvantages
  • Even though they are durable, they can chip and crack.
  • Porcelain slabs tend to be very thin, which necessitates visual tricks such as mitered edges to make them appear more substantial. This usually increases fabrication costs.
  • The patterns are only surface deep and they do not extend through the full body of the slabs. Certain edges will remove the pattern.
  • Limited edge options. Edges are limited to square or mitered edgei
  • Fabrication is more difficult, so cost will be higher.
  • Polished surfaces (vs matte) can scratch easier.
  • Due to the thinness, counters must have a sub-board attached before installation.