Granite is more resistant to heat and scratching but more susceptible to staining.
Quartz is more resistant to staining but more susceptible to heat and stretching.
Quartzite is more resistant to heat and scratching but more susceptible to staining.
Porcelain is scratch, stain and heat resistant and can withstand harsh chemicals.
Most countertops are best kept clean with regular use of soap and water. Additionally, products geared toward granite and quartz countertops with a balanced pH.
If properly maintained and cared for you should be protected for 15 years with our sealers.
You will know your countertop is ready for a reseal by placing a tablespoon of water on your surface for 20 minutes. If the water absorbs into the countertop or leaves a dark mark, it is time for a reseal.
Granite is one of the most heat-resistant countertops on the market. Although it’s not recommended, a hot pan right out of the oven
can be placed directly on a granite countertop without any harm.
Quartz is not as resistant to heat compared to granite. Placing hot pots & pans on a quartz countertop can result in damage and placing a trivet or heat-resistant oven mitt underneath is recommended.
Porcelain is a heat-resistant countertop and can withstand high-temperature impact.
Quartzite is one of the most heat-resistant countertops on the market. Although it’s not recommended, a hot pan right out of the oven placed directly on a granite countertop without any harm.
Countertops are an essential feature in kitchens and bathrooms, and they’re prone to staining due to their frequent use. However, a high-quality sealer applied to the countertop surface can make them highly resistant to stains. A good sealer will fill the pores in the countertop material, making it less porous, and therefore less susceptible to absorbing liquids that can cause stains. With a proper sealer application, countertops can maintain their original appearance and functionality for years to come.
Both granite and quartz can start as low as $50 per square foot installed and can go up $150 per square foot. Quartzite and Porcelain are higher priced options typically starting around $80 per square foot installed and higher.
Installing new countertops is a big undertaking that requires preparation that our team will guide you through before installation day. Stone countertops are heavy & large; a clear working and path to the room is important. Once everything is complete, the installer will clean up the dust and any other remnants.
There are many different customizable edge options for both granite & quartz countertops. Edge profile selection is a topic that will be covered during the consultation process. We can provide sinks & faucets or can work with current setups.
The entire installation process should take around 2-3 hours depending on the size and complexity of the project. Large & complex kitchens can take up to 6-7 hours.
When it comes to warranties for stone countertops, there are differences depending on the material. Engineered stone countertops typically come with a manufacturer’s warranty, which can vary depending on the manufacturer. On the other hand, natural stone countertops usually come with a 15-year sealer warranty. All projects come with a 1-year installation warranty that covers various items that are a result of the installation or fabrication process.
There are many variables that will go into your countertop stone choice and it will come down to overall personal preference. All are great options and your lifestyle should be considered in the selection process. Your stone consultant will help you select the right countertop for your home and we are one of the few fabricators in town that have a robust sales team.
If your countertop experiences damage, we are here to help with repairs. To learn more about our countertop repair services, you can reach out to us via phone, email, or submit a contact form. We are always happy to assist and answer any questions you may have.
You will meet with one of our experienced stone consultants in our showroom who will be your guide as you find the best stone option for your new countertop. The installation by one of our caring installation professionals that has years of experience to make sure you have a fantastic experience.
The best place to start is by visiting one of our showrooms by walk-in or appointment. We offer free, in-home estimates where we will measure dimensions or you can bring in your own.
Our Indianapolis showroom has a slab warehouse and our Greenwood showroom has a large format (half slab) samples
Your experienced stone consultant will prepare you for the installation and will set you up for success. From there, an install lead will take charge to make your countertop dreams a reality. You will also work with a template tech who will make a digital template for the installation.
Timing per installation varies per job but can take around 30-45 days from idea to installation. Once you have the template drafted, it usually takes approximately 2 weeks to get your countertop installed. You will work closely with an in-house scheduling coordinator who will keep you providing exact dates & times that fit your schedule. You will be able to schedule your installation onsite at our showroom.
Quartz is an engineered non-porous material made of natural quartz stone and manmade materials like resins and pigments. It is resistant to stains, is incredibly hard and durable and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Quartz is heat and scratch resistant, however, can be susceptible to heat and scratch damage.
Granite is a very hard & durable stone. It comes in naturally occurring one-of-a-kind designs and patterns and is resistant to heat, scratching, and chipping. Due to its porosity, Granite is installed with a long-term sealer applied.
Porcelain is a strong and durable material made of clay providing increased durability and decreased porosity which causes the risk of staining. Porcelain is heat & UV resistant, can withstand harsh chemicals making it easier to maintain.
Quartzite is a dense natural stone, just like granite, that provides a similar look like marble with less maintenance with resistance to heat and scratching. It is a durable countertop that is easy to clean. It is UV resistant and won’t fade in natural light. Due to its porosity, Quartzite is installed with a long-term sealer applied.
Meet with a Stone Consultant
At Peak Stone, we are dedicated to making sure our customers get exactly what they envision for their home. That’s why we are taking our consultations directly into your home where we can learn about your design preferences to better understand you, our customer.