A'Bella Stone LLP
Granite: Volga Blue

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  Granite Engineered Quartz Solid Surface Laminates Butcher Block
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Supplied by Avanti and Bermati Viatera, Caesarstone, Cambria, Zodiaq Corian, Meganite, Gibraltar, Avonite, Hi-Macs Wilsonart, Formica, Pinoite John Boos
What is it? 100% Natural stone quarried from within the earth Man-made: 85%-95% crushed quartz with a resin binder  Man-made: Acrylic or Polyester Plastics Man-made: Printed colors/patterns on a fiberglass backing Various species of 100% Natural wood
Heat Resistance Not affected by heat Can be affected by high heat (over 400F) Hot pots can warp, melt, crack, or discolor the surface Hot pots can warp, melt, or discolor the surface Hot pots can burn the surface
Cleanliness Independent studies have found granite to be one of the most bacteria-resistant surfaces available Non-porous - very resistant to bacteria Deep scratches can harbor dirt and or moisture Non-porous - easy to clean Independent studes have found wood to be resistant to bacteria (better than plastic)
Scratch Resistance Highly scratch resistant - small scratches can be professionally repaired Highly scratch resistant Scratches easily - can be sanded Can be scratched - not easily repaired Scratches and abrasions can usually be sanded out
Fabrication May require seams - various edge profiles available May require seams - various edge profiles available Seamless - usually set on a wood sub-structure - various edge profiles available Sheet material is applied to a wood sub-structure - limited edge profiles Wood blanks can be custom made into many shapes and edge types
Appearance Highly polished finish - every piece is naturally unique in color and patterning Polished finish - consistent and uniform color and patterning Matte finish - with consistent and uniform color and patterning Highly visible seams - consistent and uniform color and patterning Can be oiled or vanished depending on the application and intended look
Maintenance May require periodic sealing to prevent staining n/a Scratches can be sanded out   Oil finish needs reapplied approx every 6 weeks
Price $35 sq/ft and up
(20 sq/ft min.)
Comprable to Levels 4 & 5 granite Price varies based on color - many of which are more expensive than granite Inexpensive Price various by species of wood


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