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Custom Kitchen Granite or Engineered Quartz Countertops?

Infinity Countertops recommends both granite countertops and engineered quartz countertops for kitchen countertop applications.   The both outperform all other materials in overall service and durability.  The diamond-like hardness of Granite and all the Engineered Quartz materials resists heat, scratches and stains.

 

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Infinity Countertops Focuses on Quality Over Capacity

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Focusing on Quality Over Capacity

Inside Infinity Stone Corp.’s 20,000-square-foot facility in Portland, OR, is a line of state-of-the-art equipment and a staff that focuses on team performance.

Since their team creation in 1995, Carol and Paul Lundgren, the owners of Infinity Countertops, have made their priority to deliver quality craftsmanship and service, while meeting schedules on time. Inside their facility in Portland, OR, is a line of state-of-the-art equipment, and a staff of professionals that focus on team performance — all of which help bring these results.

“We are a team of professionals and skilled fabricators, working together to ensure that our customers receive quality slab stone craftsmanship delivered on schedule with exceptional service,” said Carol Lundgren. “Our current shop equipment has capacity to produce over 25 average-sized kitchen countertops a week.”

The shop includes a Komo Summit CNC stoneworking center from Komo Innovative CNC Solutions of Sauk Rapids, MN, which is the company’s most recent purchase.
The 20,000-square-foot shop, began with equipment from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN. “We purposely started out with Park because we only purchase Made inUSAequipment.”,” said Paul  Lundgren, adding that for almost two decades  the Park equipment is what the facility relied on for production. Its Park line consists of a Prodigy gantry saw, a Cougar gantry saw, two Pro Edge II edge shaper and polishers and a Wizard radial arm workstaion.
Additional equipment consists of a line of machinery from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN, including a Prodigy gantry saw and a Cougar gantry saw.

More recently, a Komo Summit CNC stoneworking center from Komo Innovative CNC Solutions of Sauk Rapids, MN, was added to the facility.  “although it is an expensive piece of equipment – it does increase the rate of doing all radius work and sink cutouts,” said Paul. Infinity Countertops also utilizes hand-held profile routers for the fabrication team to utilize for projects that requires more detail.

For templating, the company will do either wood templates or prints mylar templates project that uses an LT55 Laser Templator from Laser Products of Romeoville, IL, which also get downloaded to a PDF and to its CNC.

With the company’s LT55 Laser Templator from Laser Products Industries, Inc. of Romeoville, IL, templates can be downloaded to a PDF and to the company’s CNC.

Infinity Countertops does both residential work and light commercial projects.  Specializing in kitchen and bath countertops, tub and shower surrounds, fireplace and hearth surrounds and specialty custom projects. The company works with natural stone, including marble, granite, limestone, travertine, soapstone, slate, onyx and sandstone,  several lines of engineered quartz products, such as CaesarStone, Silestone, Cambria, Hanstone, Viatera by LG, Radiance/Staron, Zodiaq by Dupont, as well as the recycled LEED matrix products for example FUEZ, VETRAZZO, ICE STONE.

The company’s building includes a showroom as well as fabricating facilities.

Recently completed projects include the beautiful Swiftwater Winery in Central Washington, the Wyatt 245 condos with Anderson Construction in downtown Portland, both the Three Rivers Casino and Seven Feathers Casino with JE Dunn Construction in Oregonand the Casey 60 condominium complex with Hoffman Construction, in downtown Portland.

Lundgren explained that as of right now, the company hopes to ride out the downturn in the economy, but the business will remain focused on quality over production capacity. “We probably will not try to return to five jobs a day as this capacity is tough to manage long term,” she said. “Quality suffers, and we focus on providing quality, custom stone craftsmanship.”

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Tips to Select and Approve Natural Stone for Your Project

Selecting stone can be a bit confusing but the process is pretty straight forward. Stone from all over the world is mined into blocks that are purchased by quarries. Quarries cut and polish the stone into slabs. These slabs are numbered in sequence, packaged into bundles and shipped by container overseas to import distributors. It is usually a good idea to select slabs that are from the same block for your countertop project. The variance in color patterns from block to block can be significant.

We encourage you to visit the local stone importers to walk their warehouse and view full slabs of stone. Call Infinity Countertops 503 2876877 for a complete list of local Portland importer to explore.

Distribution warehouses are open to the public for slab viewing and selection. The warehouse staff can give general information regarding the stone cost and help guide customers through project budgetary constraints. Call 503 287 6877 to discuss with our team at Infinity Countertops to asisst in selecting a material that will fit within your budget.

Once the stone is selected – arrangements such as confirming work scope and deposits need to be made with our company to secure your selection as each slab import house have a time limitation on the hold of materials from 5 days to 21 days.

While you are browsing their slab galleries – feel free to ask for samples as the colors will look different in your home than the warehouse fluorescent lighting.

Remember to take notes and if you feel drawn to a particular stone – ask for the batch/crate number as stone does vary from block to block as it is quarried.

Granite and Engineered Quartz material out perform all other materials in overall service and durability. The diamond like hardness of Granite and Engineered Quartz resists heat, scratches and stains. These materials utilized as countertop surfaces provide the most attractive and durable surfaces available and will last virtually forever. Granite and Engineered Quartz do not harbor bacteria and resealing only needs to be reapplied to Granite when water stops beading on the counter surface. The Engineered Quartz has no porosity thus does not require the sealing application.

Selecting stone can be a bit confusing but the process is pretty straight forward. Stone from all over the world is mined into blocks that are purchased by quarries. Quarries cut and polish the stone into slabs. These slabs are numbered in sequence, packaged into bundles and shipped by container overseas to import distributors. It is usually a good idea to select slabs that are from the same block for your countertop project. The variance in color patterns from block to block can be significant.

Distribution warehouses are open to the public for slab viewing and selection. The warehouse staff can give general information regarding the stone cost and help guide customers through project budgetary constraints. Once the stone is selected – arrangements such as confirming work scope and deposits need to be made with our company to secure your selection as each slab import house have a time limitation on the hold of materials from 5 days to 21 days.

Selecting a stone is a very important and personal process that deserves a lot of consideration. Feel free to bring in paint colors, flooring and cabinet samples to compare with the stones. Ask lots of questions. Lighting is important. If you need more light ask the warehouses to move stone into better lighting.

Step 1 Find Out What’s Available at Slab Import Warehouses. Then decide which stone that is applicable for your project as each material has different characteristics and may not be applicable for certain projects. Example: Marble does not wear well in a kitchen countertop application.

Step 2 Decide What You Need and Want: Narrow your search by looking at slabs available and obtain samples (if available) to take home to consider. Many find it helpful to take pictures of materials they are drawn to. It is helpful to know how many and what size slabs you will need. This information can be provided by providing our team with a project drawing to do a layout on the average sized slabs.

Step 3 Arrange To View Specific and Approve Slabs. After you have narrowed down your search – it is important to hand select the slabs for both your color/character approval and the integrity (no cracks etc.) that you would like utilized on your project. Set up an appointment with the Slab import warehouse to make them viewable where you selected the material. This allow the warehouse ample time to pull and stage the slabs for your viewing. Keep in mind that some warehouses will only stage on representative slab for the materials that are homogeneous or consistency in color and veining. Multiple slabs will be stage for approval on materials subject to large fluctuations in veining, color or movement.

Step 4 Reserve Slabs. Upon your satisfaction – make sure the slabs are placed on hold and you let us know the batch/block of the stone that you placed on hold for our files. From one shipment to another, material vary greatly. Once you select the slabs that meet your preference arrange for a hold. If you are certain they are the perfect slabs for our project, a deposit will be required for our purchaser to write a Purchase Order to secure the slabs at the warehouse. Once you have reserved the slabs we suggest you advise us and your contractor. Each importer has a different policy on slab holds and deposits required.

We understand the importance of your investment in natural stone. It’s an investment that will pay dividends in beauty and functionality for many years.

Call Infinity Countertops 503 2876877 to assist you with your stone selection and project planning today.

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Commonly Asked Questions About Infinity Countertops Custom Stone Slabs

WHAT COUNTRY WILL INFINITY COUNTERTOPS PURCHASE MY STONE COME FROM?
Infinity Countertops purchases stone slabs locally from stone distributors. These distributors are in the importing business and bring in materials that are quarried or manufactured from all over the world including the United States. Most of these distributors stock a full line in their large warehouses of natural stone such Granite, Marble, Travertine, Limestone, Slate and Soapstone – plus a few also stock slabs of Engineered Quartz and other recycled slab products. If you would like a tour through one of these warehouses to explore material options for your project – Call our team at 503 287 6877 or contact us at countertops@infinitycountertops.com.

Infinity Countertops manufactures custom stone work with a large percentage of the natural materials such as Granite, Marble, Travertine, Limestone, Slate and Soapstone slabs that are imported from Brazil, Italy, India and China. A smaller percentage of slabs are from France, Spain, Russia, Norway, Zimbabwe, Canada and Mexico. You may request the links for our local suppliers of these materials – Call our team at 503 287 6877 or click here to contact us at  Infinity Countertops.

Infinity Countertops also manufactures several product lines of ENGINEERED QUARTZ slabs -these colors can be seen in our showroom or online. Engineered Quartz was developed by Breton S.P.A., the Italian company that developed the quartz processing technology and has sold the rights and processing equipment to numerous engineered quartz companies. For example:
CAESARSTONE QUARTZ is manufactured in Israel
VIATERA QUARTZ IS manufactured in the USA by LG Haus and imports some color palettes from Italy
HANSTONE QUARTZ is manufactured by HANWHA in Canada
CHROMA is manufactured in Vietnam for Pental
SILESTONE QUARTZ AND ECO are manufactured by Cosentino in Spain
ZODIAQ QUARTZ is manufactured by Dupont quartz in Canada and imports some color palettes from Italy
RADIANZ QUARTZ is manufactured by SAMSUNG in South Korea, QUANTRA QUARTZ is manufactured in India for Oregon Tile & Marble
COSMOS QUARTZ is manufactured in China for Cosmos Granite & Marble.

You may request the links for these ENGINEERED QUARTZ and RECYCLED LEED products by calling our team at 503 287 6877 or click here to contact us at  Infinity Countertops.

Infinity Countertops also manufactures several product lines of various LEED recycled slab products -these colors can be seen in our showroom or online. These lines include ECO, FUEZ, ICE STONE, VETRAZZO and others. You may request the links for RECYCLED LEED products by calling our team at 503 287 6877 or contact us at countertops@infinitycountertops.com.

Where the material originates – depends on your final stone selection. Our team at Infinity Countertops can assist you with finding the stone that will create a beauty in your home.
To start the process to create your dream area in your home and increasing the value of your home – call our team at 503 287 6877 or click here to contact us at  Infinity Countertops.

WHAT ARE SLABS AND WHAT SIZE DOES INFINITY COUNTERTOPS PURCHASE TO MANUFACTURE CUSTOM COUNTERTOPS?

Infinity Countertops purchases slab size of various widths and lengths – sizes depends totally on the stone blocks that are processed after they are quarred out of the mountains arround the world. The average size slabs are 5 feet tall and 9 feet long. The thickness of the slabs processed from the blocks are either – ¾” or 2cm and 1 ¼” or 3 cm. Infinity Countertop’s team can assist you to find the correct size material for your project to minimize expense and maximize efficient use of the material you select – call our team at 503 287 6877 or click here to contact us at  Infinity Countertops.

CAN I PURCHASE MY CUSTOM COUNTERTOPS DRIECT FROM INFINITY COUNTERTOPS – OR MUST I WORK THROUGH A GENERAL CONTRACTOR OR DESIGNER?
Yes – provided your general contractor or designer has not already ordered your work through us. To self contract is time consuming – but if you feel up to the task of hiring own sub contractors and managing your project – Infinity Countertop’s team can assist you with your custom built products at just a little over wholesale prices. To obtain you free quote to plan your project budget – call our team at 503 287 6877 or click here to contact us at  Infinity Countertops.

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More Information About Infinity

Infinity Countertops Showroom – Visit our showroom to explore options for your custom stone countertops. View edge details, Natural Granite, Marble samples, , Engineered Quartz Samples such as Caesarstone, Viatera by LG, Zodiaq by Dupont, Chroma by Pental, Quantra by Oregon Tile & Marble, Silestone, Eco, Hanstone, Staron/Radiance, Also Leed Products – such as ICESTONE, Glass 2, Eco, Vetrazzo, FUEZ.

Welcome to our Infinity Countertop blog – where we hope we can be of assistance to you in planning your projects custom stone countertops.  We service all of Oregon and Washington to deliver exceptional service, quality craftsmanship and on-time delivery.

see Infinitycountertops.com to view a gallery of natural stone options for your custom stone countertops.  

Contact our team at 503 287 6877 to start your project planning.

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