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4976 S. Seminole Trail. Madison, VA 22727 

Call 434-284-2229

WE SERVICE: CVille, Culpeper, Madison, Harrisonburg, Warrenton, Orange, Palmyra, Lake Anna, Waynesboro, Stauntan, Crozet, Keswick, Troy, Ruckersville, Elkton, Luray, Front Royal, Louisa and surrounding areas.

GRANITE COUNTERTOP OPTION 1

SIMPLE PRICING! 

NO GAMES. NO GIMMICKS. NO ADD-ONS

ONLY PAY FOR SQUARE FOOTAGE

$35psft

INSTALLED

* FREE  REMOVAL & HAUL AWAY

* FREE TEMPLATE, FABRICATION, INSTALLATION  

* FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE

* FREE SEALER APPLICATION

* FREE EDGE: EASED, 1/4 BEVEL, 1/2 BEVEL, 1/2 BULLNOSE

* FREE UNDERMOUNT SINGLE BOWL SINK

* FREE UNDERMOUNT SINK CUT OUT & INSTALLATION

* FREE SINGLE HOLE FOR KITCHEN FAUCET

Blue Flawer
Blue Flawer
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Paradiso
Paradiso
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Viscon
Viscon

Granite Countertops

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Tampa Gold
Tampa Gold

Kitchen Countertops

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Venetian
Venetian
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Carrara Graniti
Carrara Graniti
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Ivory Fantasy
Ivory Fantasy

Granite Countertops

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Sunset
Sunset

Granite Counterotps

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Bianco X
Bianco X

Granite Countertops

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Black River
Black River

Granite Countertop

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Santa Cecilia Light
Santa Cecilia Light

Granite countertops charlottesville

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Santa Cecilia Gold
Santa Cecilia Gold

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Moon White
Moon White

Granite Countertop

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Giallo Ornamental
Giallo Ornamental

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Dallas White
Dallas White

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GRANITE COUNTERTOP OPTION 2

$55psft

INSTALLED

$45psft

$45psft

$45psft

Fantasy Brown-Marble
Fantasy Brown-Marble
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Absolute Black
Absolute Black
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Alpine-White-Granite
Alpine-White-Granite
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Carrara White-Marble
Carrara White-Marble
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Blanco-Tulum-Granite
Blanco-Tulum-Granite
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virginia mist
virginia mist
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Black Galaxy
Black Galaxy
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silver cloud
silver cloud
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Azul-Celeste-Granite
Azul-Celeste-Granite
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Colonial Gold
Colonial Gold
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White Ice-Granite
White Ice-Granite
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Blue Pearl
Blue Pearl
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Colonial White
Colonial White
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Bianco Romano
Bianco Romano
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White Mist
White Mist
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QUARTZ

SIMPLE PRICING! 

$59psft

NO GAMES. NO GIMMICKS. NO ADD-ONS

ONLY PAY FOR SQUARE FOOTAGE

INSTALLED

* FREE  REMOVAL & HAUL AWAY

* FREE TEMPLATE, FABRICATION, INSTALLATION  

* FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE

* FREE SEALER APPLICATION

* FREE EDGE: EASED, 1/4 BEVEL, 1/2 BEVEL, 1/2 BULLNOSE

* FREE UNDERMOUNT SINGLE BOWL SINK

* FREE UNDERMOUNT SINK CUT OUT & INSTALLATION

* FREE SINGLE HOLE FOR KITCHEN FAUCET

$65psft

$65psft

 
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Cascade-White-Quartz

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Sparkling-White-Quartz

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Pearl-Gray-Quartz
Pearl-Gray-Quartz
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FOSSIL GRAY
FOSSIL GRAY

kitchen quartz countertop

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Iced-White-Quartz
Iced-White-Quartz

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Toasted-Almond-Quartz

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Chantilly-Taupe-Quartz

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Chakra-Beige-Quartz

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Sparkling-White-Quartz
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Arctic-White
Arctic-White
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Desert-Bloom
Desert-Bloom
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Midnight-Majesty-Concrete
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Ash-Gray
Ash-Gray
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Frost-White
Frost-White
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Iced-White
Iced-White
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Snow-White
Snow-White
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FOSSIL GRAY
FOSSIL GRAY
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Peppercorn-White-Quartz
Peppercorn-White-Quartz
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QUARTZ COUNTERTOP OPTION 2

INSTALLED

$65psft

carrara grigio-quartz
carrara grigio-quartz
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carrara marmi-quartz
carrara marmi-quartz
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cashmere carrara-quartz
cashmere carrara-quartz
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carrara mist-quartz
carrara mist-quartz
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smoked pearl-quartz
smoked pearl-quartz
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romano white-quartz
romano white-quartz
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rolling fog-quartz
rolling fog-quartz
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premium plus white-quartz
premium plus white-quartz
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fairy white-quartz
fairy white-quartz
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manhattan gray-quartz
manhattan gray-quartz
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montclair white-quartz
montclair white-quartz
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gray lagoon-quartz
gray lagoon-quartz
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pacific salt quartz-vignette
pacific salt quartz-vignette
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pelican white-quartz
pelican white-quartz
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concerto quartz
concerto quartz
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carrara morro-quartz
carrara morro-quartz
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babylon gray-quartz
babylon gray-quartz
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calico white-quartz
calico white-quartz
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Romano White-Quartz
Romano White-Quartz
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Pelican White-quartz
Pelican White-quartz
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Montclair White-Quartz
Montclair White-Quartz
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Gray Lagoon-Quartz
Gray Lagoon-Quartz
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Fossil Gray-Quartz
Fossil Gray-Quartz
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QUARTZ COUNTERTOP OPTION 3

$75psft

INSTALLED

lido blanco-quartz
lido blanco-quartz
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statuary classique-quartz
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soapstone metropolis-quartz
soapstone metropolis-quartz
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calacatta pearl-quartz
calacatta pearl-quartz
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vena carbona-quartz
vena carbona-quartz
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mara blanca-quartz
mara blanca-quartz
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urban lava-quartz
urban lava-quartz
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marquina midnight-quartz
marquina midnight-quartz
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carrara caldia-quartz
carrara caldia-quartz
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carrara mist-quartz
carrara mist-quartz
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soapstone mist-quartz
soapstone mist-quartz
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calico white-quartz
calico white-quartz
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calacatta venice-quartz
calacatta venice-quartz

calacatta quartz

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calacatta verona-quartz
calacatta verona-quartz
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calacatta ultra-quartz
calacatta ultra-quartz
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calacatta trevi-quartz
calacatta trevi-quartz

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calacatta lago-quartz
calacatta lago-quartz
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calacatta classique-quartz
calacatta classique-quartz
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calacatta leon-quartz
calacatta leon-quartz
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calacatta luccia-quartz
calacatta luccia-quartz
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calacatta montage-quartz
calacatta montage-quartz
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calacatta clara-quartz
calacatta clara-quartz
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blanca statuarietto-quartz
blanca statuarietto-quartz
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calacatta botanica-quartz
calacatta botanica-quartz
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blanca arabescato-quartz
blanca arabescato-quartz
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fantasy gray-quartz
fantasy gray-quartz
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alabaster white-quartz
alabaster white-quartz
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Calacatta laza - quartz
Calacatta laza - quartz

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Carrara Caldia-quartz
Carrara Caldia-quartz
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OUR SERVICES
Kitchen Countertops
Bathroom & Vanity tops
Fireplace surrounding
we also specialize in butcher block countertops
OUR PROCESS

Set up your appointment at your convenience.

We will bring you an exiting selection to choose from & get measurements 

You will be provided expert advice & decide edge profile

We will install the room you envisioned on time and hassle free

UNDERMOUNT SINK OPTIONS
FREE
SAMPLE EDGE PROFILE OPTIONS

Quartz countertop vs. Granite countertop : Which One Comes Out on Top?

So maybe you’re at that point in your renovation where you’re considering materials for the all-important Kitchen countertop. You’re browsing places like Pinterest and Houzz and asking friends on Facebook and Twitter. You keep hearing about two popular surfacing materials: natural stone (which people typically refer to as granite) and quartz. Problem is, you’re not sure what the difference is.

Don’t worry: We are here clear things up.

 

Before We get started, however, it’s important for us to say this: when it comes to Kitchen countertop materials, don’t get hung up on which one is the so-called “best.” Figure out which countertop material is best for you—your lifestyle, your overall design vision, your budget.

After all, at CommonWealth kitchens | Baths we feature both quartz and natural stone (in addition to solid surfaces). So it’s not an “either/or” scenario for us either.

 

Natural Stone vs. Engineered Stone: Understanding the Difference

Natural stone—granite—is indeed 100% natural since it is quarried directly from the earth in large blocks. These blocks are then sliced into slabs and polished on one side at the quarry before being shipped to the broker or fabricator. Fabricators cut shapes from the slabs according to your countertop specifications. They then profile and polish the edges.

Quartz, on the other hand, is an “engineered” stone, meaning a manufacturing plant uses various grades and sizes of quartz crystals and mixes them with resin and pigment (for color) in a ratio of 93% quartz to 7% resin (yes, we’ll still refer to quartz as natural stone, but it’s not as natural as granite). Fabricators create quartz countertops in much the same way as they do granite countertops: by cutting the shapes from the slab and then profiling and polishing the edges.

 

Quartz: Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Quartz is one of the strongest materials on the planet. Quartz countertops are stronger and more flexible than granite. This makes them easier to work with during the fabrication and installation process.

  • Quartz’s inherent strength makes it extremely durable. That said, don’t confuse “durable” with “indestructible”—there’s no material like that.

  • Quartz surfacing is non-porous and doesn’t require any sealing.A non-porous material is a huge benefit because that means you don’t need to worry about bacteria and other germs growing in any nooks and crannies. Bottom line: quartz is incredibly easy to clean and maintain.

  • Quartz countertops are stain-resistant, so dropping a glass of wine on them simply requires a damp cloth to clean (NOT that you’ll be spilling any wine, right?).

  • Quartz colors are uniform. What you see in the showroom or from a sample is what you can expect to see in your home.

Cons:

  • Quartz countertops can discolor over time when exposed to direct sunlight. For this reason, we don’t recommend quartz surfacing for use outdoors, since you’ll see the difference in color over time.

  • You can expect to see seams with a quartz counter, but they will be less visible if you choose a slab that has more patterns. Seams tend to stand out on solid colors while patterns help conceal them.

Granite: Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Mother Nature made this material. It’s 100% natural, which is why it’s such a popular choice with homeowners, designers, and architects.

  • Granite isn’t as strong as quartz, but that doesn’t mean it’s a wimpy choice, either. It’s still a strong stone and extremely durable. But, just like quartz, it’s not indestructible (it can break or chip if abused). And if you happen to spill red wine on it (oh, the horror!), it will stain.

  • Granite is one-of-a-kind. Yep, I’m going to use the word unique, because each granite slab is exactly that. For many people, this is a pro. For others, this is a con, so I’m going to include it in both lists. So why would I consider this a pro? Well, many people like the concept of exclusivity—they like the idea that no one else will have the exact same countertop as they have.

Cons:

  • Granite doesn’t offer color consistency. Remember how I said “one of kind” is a pro and a con? Well, on the con side, this means the appearance isn’t uniform. No two stones are alike. Even the sample you see probably won’t look like what you end up installing in your home. It’s a beautiful stone, for sure, but it might not be the beautiful stone you were imagining.

  • Granite countertops need to be sealed. You need to seal them when they’re installed and every year afterwards. Why? Because granite is a porous material, which means it can harbor bacteria, germs, mold, and other unhealthy things in its nooks and crannies. Sealing takes care of this issue. While some people seal their granite countertops every three years, I recommend doing it yearly. If for any reason the sealant on the counter becomes compromised, your countertop can harbor germs and easily stain.

  • It’s impossible to hide the seams in a granite counter, especially if your stone has veins or directional movement in the pattern. Expect the seams to show up once the fabricator installs your countertop.

So what do truly “objective” sources have to say in the debate between granite and quartz? Every year, Consumer Reports puts out an issue that ranks kitchen countertop materials. Quartz and granite are always neck-and-neck (quartz was the number one material in 2013, edging out granite by just a couple of points).

But as we said in the beginning, the debate comes down to this: what’s the right countertop material for your specific needs, your lifestyle, your design? Do your homework, answer those questions, and then decide.

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