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Fading Granite

A common question about black granites is “Why is the deep black in my granite seem to be fading?” The best way to prevent this is to go through a reputable supplier that only buys first-quality material, which means they will not be doctored in any way. It is important to view the slabs in person and not purchase based on price alone.

Some vendors buy the cheaper blacks with more “white graining,” and they dye them to hide the defects. Chinese Blacks are becoming very popular due to their low prices, but can be prone to “shakes and vents.” They may also have a grainy appearance, but are oiled or dyed to hide the defects, which will eventually fade, slowly revealing uneven color.

If you suspect it is dyed, you can perform two tests:
1) Take a clean white cloth with acetone on it, and wipe the stone to see if any residue comes off.
2) Take acetone and apply to a different section and wipe the stone with a white cloth – if there is any color transfer, the stone is dyed

Black Granites from India such as Absolute Black, Absolute Black Premium, and Absolute Black Super Premium, are all first-quality, dense black granites, not dyed or oiled. Black Galaxy has an extremely dense black background with bright gold specks which are due to the presence of Bronzite. This is very important to view in person so you can see the quality of the black to make sure it was not dyed.

South African Blacks, common name Zimbabwe Black, have a tight “rice-grain” effect, but are not as dense as Indian Blacks. Nero Impala is also from Africa, but should be categorized as Gray, not Black due to the coloring and grain structure.

Canadian Blacks such as Cambrian Black and Mesabi Black have a “rice-grain” effect with a silvery reflection. Atlantic Black has a slightly larger pattern also with a silvery reflection.

Call Infinity Countertops 503 287 6877 or email us for any further questions you may have regarding countertop materials.
countertops@infinitycountertops.com

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Fabulous Kitchen Art

white-springs-graniteInfinity Countertop’s team turned a slab of quarried stone called “White Springs Granite” into this kitchen island with a Specialty Full Bullnose Ogee edge.

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Complete Kitchen Remodel!

Complete Kitchen Remodel Photo credit: McCall Design

Complete kitchen remodel!

This homeowner client used Engineered Caesarstone – Ocean Foam Quartz for their counter tops and kitchen table.

They then tricked it out with Custom Recycled Glass Slab Nook Counter and Backsplash. 

 

 

Photo credit: McCall Design
Photo credit: McCall Design Photo credit: McCall Design

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Aquarella Polished 3cm Granite Slab

aquarella-polished-3cm-granite-slab-1Stunning use of Aquarella polished 3CM granite slab as full height blacksplash accent behind the sink and range, which meets Caesarstone Quartz reflections countertops.

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Breccia Pontifci polished marble slab

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Breccia Pontifci polished marble slab

Breccia-Pontifci-polished-marble-slabYou can use this beautiful Breccia Pontifci polished marble slab as a shower insert!

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Plato Granite from Brazil

Plato Granite from BrazilThis beautiful Island stone top was created by Infinity Countertops with Plato Granite, an igneous stone quarried in Brazil. The granite gives a beautiful distinctive look with its varying flecks of minerals and distinctive patterns.

The other countertops were custom fabricated out of Stormy Sky Pental Quartz. These materials both will be strong and durable for this homeowner as they are scratch and heat resistant.

Call Infinity Countertops today to create your dream kitchen 503 287 6877

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Countertops With Recycled Materials!

Busted up toilets and crushed glass for a counter top?

Eco Polar Countertop Offered by Infinity Countertops

Eco Polar Countertop Offered by Infinity Countertops — Made from Recycled Materials

Does buying a post-consumer product really make a difference? Let’s see; i treduces landfills, saves energy, re-uses discarded materials, reduces water in manufacturing, reduces emission throughout manufacturing and when it’s time to replace that old counter top, it can be re-used again.

Have we gone to far? Don’t think so. These companies all produce engineered counter top slabs from recycled materials such as mirror, glass, earthenware, vitrified ash and yes porcelain from toilets.

These companies all produce environmentally-friendly engineered stone that’s aesthetically desirable containing the highest level of post-consumer recycled materials. Post-consumer waste products are headed for landfills, crushed into aggregates and combined with a proprietary bio resin binder. Tons of glass and concrete are put in landfills on a regular basis so buying recycled products reduces the waste in landfills. Our industry is embracing sustainability, design and quality making these engineered products a Smart Choice.

Eco Terra Countertop Offered by Infinity Countertops

Eco Terra Countertop Offered by Infinity Countertops — Made from Recycled Materials

These materials are heat and scratch resistant much the same as granite and are being used for bars, partition walls, office desks, kitchen tables, restaurant tables and service counters, kitchen fronts, big format flooring tiles, in-floor radiant heating, bathrooms, furniture, shower trays, shower cabins, mosaics, covered columns and stairs.

Infinity Countertops endorses using engineered post-consumer products. The consistency of colors, ability to maximize the yield from each slab and it’s environment benefits create a win, win, win for all. Call Infinity Countertops to help you select the best material for your project 503 287 6877.

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How to prevent rings from developing on marble

 

Etched Marble Example

Yikes! When rings like this can develop on marble, should I use marble?

Marble–like that pictured here–is gorgeous! But you should know some information before you select a sedimentary natural stone.

It is important when selecting natural stone to evaluate how you will use your countertop. Those considering sedimentary stones such as marble, limestone, and travertine for their kitchen countertops should know they are soft materials and damage can occur such as scratches and water spotting from minerals. They also can etch as shown in this picture –which is a chemical reaction caused by an acidic substance such as lemon juice making contact with the surface of the stone and not being wiped up immediately.

If you just have to use these exquisite beautiful stones like this marble and you want your countertops to continue looking new, it is wise to use this material in low use areas and treat your countertops like fine furniture. Refinishing is always an option if damage does occur, but you need to know that it is an expensive labor intensive process to repair and restore the stone’s luster.

Ask your Infinity Countertops customer service representative to help you evaluate what works best in your project. Call Infinity Countertops at 503.287.6877 or click here to email us.

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Amazing Transformation!

TITANIUM GRANITE Titanium 3cm Lot 2187 (3)IS A NATURAL STONE INFINITY COUNTERTOPS TRANSFORMED INTO THIS ISLAND COUNTERTOP WITH A TRICK SPECIALTY EDGE- – This Titanium Granite technically is a schist and was quarried in Brazil – it occurs naturally in alluvial earths, and is mixed with the red oxide of titanium, garnets, cyanite, and with fragments of granite and gneiss. This is a metamorphic stone that contains a good deal of igneous materials like mica, feldspar and quartz. The sparkles are mica. The cream white agate areas are quartz. 

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Modified Ogee with Offset Lamination

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