"Natural Beauty - Timeless Satisfaction"
Stone Encounters is a locally owned and operated family business. We strive to deliver the best quality of natural stone materials and excellent customer service.
The majority of our business comes from customer referrals. We pride ourselves with giving each project the personal touch from our initial meeting through the installation process.
With Stone Encounters you can count on face to face contact with the owner to ensure your project is given the attention it deserves.
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WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT CRAFTING BEAUTIFUL WORK
We produced this video to share our love of stone and our craft with you.
We hope that it leaves you with inspiration for your next project.
We want to earn your business and help you build and design the project of your dreams.
WE USE THE BEST EQUIPMENT TO CREATE YOUR COUNTERTOPS
At Stone Encounters we invest in the very best stone working equipment in the world. From our laser aligned diamond blades slab saw to our automatic edge polishing machinery, or investment in technology insures your countertops turn out perfect every time.
Please visit our factory to take a tour of our modern professional manufacturing process.
Marble is metamorphosed sedimentary carbonate rock. Limestone or dolomite (carbonate rocks) are the typical base minerals. The recrystallization of the carbonate minerals result in Marble.
Often, the original structure of the carbonate rocks are modified during the metamorphism to render the marble unrecognizable from its original state. The swirling and veins in marble often result from mineral impurities which are in layers in the original limestone or dolomite.
Granite is normally a coarse grained igneous rock that is comprised of quartz, feldspars and micas. The quartz will be be the lighter color minerals with the remaining consisting of feldspars and muscovite. The dark minerals are hornblende or biotite. Granite is by far the most common rock found in the outer crust of the planet. Granite is formed by the cooling of magma in the ground. Granite is an outstanding material for countertops.
As the name implies it is a countertop product that is made of quartz and resins. Before granite slabs were resined Engineered Stone had one major advantage over its natural counterpart, it was difficult to stain. Now with the advent of resined slabs that advantage is gone. The primary difference is the appearance. Man made products come in a large range of consistent colors which do not occur naturally in nature.
You often see engineered stone being used in commercial setting or contemporary ones. You get to decide which look is best for your project.
Yes we can remove and dispose of your old counters. We use the latest technology in template system. This technology allows us to get the measurements of your kitchen counter tops with out removing the old counter tops. That way our customer will have the convenience of not being with out a kitchen during the fabrication process.
Yes, we have one of the largest inventory of granite remnants around! We also have remnants and half slabs of engineered stone, marble, limestone, onyx and of course granite and many other types of stone remnants.
Stop by and see if we have the stone you want!
In most cases the answer is never.....or years and years after it is installed. Sealers are solids that have been emulsified in a solvent. They are designed to penetrate the stone taking the solids with them. When the solvent evaporates (think paint) the molecules lock into the stone and seal it. Combine one good coat of a quality sealer (which we will do for you in our shop) with the resin applied by the factory you will have a very stain resistant top that will be virtually maintenance free. Rarely, if ever will you need to seal granite that has been resined and properly sealed.
Over time, in the unlikely you do see some water absorb into the stone simply reseal. We can help you if your countertops need to be resealed.