Granite is a very versatile material that is great for many applications. It is an Igneous Rock that was formed by volcanic activity, and is made up of molten that cooled beneath the earth's surface. This type of stone can be quarried from Italy, United States, India, Brazil, and many other exotic places around the world. Stone from each location will have colors and patterns exclusive to that quarry. Granite can come in a Variety of different colors and patterns. Most Granite appear to be made up of flakes, while some can be veined like marble. Granite is particularly a very hard type of stone which makes it very resistant to wear and tear in turn this material is great for countertops indoors and out. Granite can also be used in applications such as walk ways and wall cladding depending on the type of finish that is applied. This material can be polished to a smooth reflective surface or it can be honed, Leathered, or flamed depending on the use.
Care and Maintenance:
Granite is slightly porous, and should be sealed with a high quality stone sealer. Sealing a stone surface is not difficult, or expensive. Because there are several types of stone sealer, it would be best to talk to your fabricator or builder to see what product they recommend. The process to seal a stone surface is to, clean the stone with a mild detergent that does not contain ammonia and allow it to dry for several hours. The next step would be to apply the sealer product according to the directions and wipe off the excess as instructed. It is time to reseal your stone when water will not bead up on the surface. When cleaning stone, there are a couple of do's and don’ts. Don’t use any products with ammonia, strong caustics, or solvents such as Windex. Ammonia will remove the sealer, and strong caustic cleaners will do the same.
Marble is a metamorphic Stone, which means it is made up of limestone that was exposed to intense pressure and high temperatures over a long period of time. This causes the material to go through a molten phase, which allows minerals to come in and give marble the distinct swirls and veins. Marble is of medium hardness and is Ideal for Bathrooms, floors, foyers, and fireplace surrounds. Marble has also been used for centuries for making monuments and statues and is still the top choice for stone sculptures. With the beautiful patterns and amazing polish, marble can bring elegance to your home. Marble is found in wonderful places around the world such as: Italy, Canada, Spain, Greece, and many more. Like granite, marble quarries can be known for a specific color.
Care and Maintenance:
While Marble is a very durable stone, when the finish is polished one must take care to prolong the finish. Standing water will cause the finish to fade. When using polished marble as a countertop you must be careful not to leave anything that might cause stains from rust, Chemicals, or food. Harm to the polish can also be caused by acidic food, that could etch the finish over time, and you should never use bleach, comet, or any acidic cleaners for they will have the same affect. Marble countertops will need to be sealed and resealed occasionally, and it is recommended that you consult your fabricator or builder for the best sealing product and timeline for sealing.
Although it is talked about less, travertine is one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture. Its applications can include wall cladding, facade Materials, flooring , and more. Travertine is a sedimentary stone that is a form of limestone. Naturally, pure travertine is white, but because of impurities caused by rivers and springs we get golden brown, and yellow colors. These impurities, mainly Iron or other organic compounds left behind by the water, are also responsible for the colored bands and rings that we see in travertine. Travertine can be obtained in three different finishes: Tumbled, filled, and unfilled, Tumbled travertine and a weathered aged look that is created by tumbling the stone with other bits of stone, sand, and steel bearings. The filled finish is smooth and can be polished to a high gloss. Unfilled is more natural looking that filled because the tiny pits and pores are not filled in with epoxy like they are in the previous finish.
Care and maintenance:
Travertine is etched by acids, so spills with acidic foods including soft drinks and juice should be cleaned up immediately. Travertine should only be cleaned with neutral or mild alkaline-based cleaners. Acid-based cleaning chemicals can also etch the surface. Travertine absorbs oils and other liquids and is more easily stained than marble. So putting Travertine in a kitchen or heavily used bathroom is not a good idea. Like the other materials, it is recommended to seal travertine with a sealer. Talk to your fabricator or builder to get the best recommendations.
Onyx is a semiprecious variety of chalcedony quartz. It is typically formed in caves as stalactites and stalagmites by the slow precipitation of cold, mineral-rich water. Onyx unique translucent properties make the slabs great for backlit panels and backslashes. Onyx is a very beautiful stone with variegated spots and layers, but is also fragile in nature. Special care needs to be taken in the fabrication process. Onyx can be used for furniture, fireplace surrounds, bar tops, and more. Similar to marble, onyx can be finished with a polished surface which deepens the color and contrasts within the stone.
Care and Maintenance
Onyx is a calcareous stone and prone to etching, , so spills with acidic foods including soft drinks and juice should be cleaned up immediately. Acid-based cleaning chemicals can also etch the surface. Great care is needed to maintain the natural beauty of this stone. It is important to wash your surface thoroughly every couple of weeks. Use a stone-safe cleaner, not a detergent, to clean the counter and tile in the shower. The cleaner will list marble or onyx on the package if it is safe to use on that stone. For floors, sweep them first and then use a heavy-duty stone, grout and tile cleaner and a swivel head mop to clean the
Soapstone is a soft stone and can also feel soft to the touch. Don't let that softness fool you. Soapstone is very durable, acids and Acidic food will have no affect on the stone. Soapstone is made up of magnetite, dolomite, chlorite, and talc, and is used in many applications. It is great for countertops, worktops, and sinks. soapstone also has a great ability to retain heat so it has also been used in applications like fireplaces, wood stoves and pizza ovens. It has great longevity and perfect for high traffic areas.
Care and Maintenance
It is recommended that soapstone is sealed with mineral Oil or a stone sealer. Speak with your fabricator or builder for the best options. Unlike Granite, Marble, and other materials, Soapstone is not absorbent. Any stains that occur are just on the surface and can be scrubbed or sanded clean. For regular cleaning any common household cleaner can be used. Chemicals and acids do not harm it. However, it is recommend that you use regular soap and water because harsher solvents may eventually remove the mineral oil treatment. Soapstone, being softer than granite and marble, is also more prone to scratches, but most scratches can be easily removed with a light sanding and/or mineral oil.
Warehouse Visit Expectations
Welcome to Boston Granite Exchange (BGE)! We are a wholesale warehouse where you are welcome to select your material that we will ship to your fabricator upon their issuance of a purchase order.
While here at BGE, you can expect to see a large selection of colors in an efficient, easy to use layout. On our SAF (Slab Approval Form), we ask some very important questions such as:
- Who is your fabricator?
- Are you dealing with a Kitchen and Bath dealer? Who?
- Most importantly: When is the countertop project going to be ready?
- Cabinets are installed and this is the last step – project date is any day
- Cabinets have been ordered – project date may be in three months
All of this is important information that helps us better communicate and serve our customer needs.
When you are ready, we will escort you to the warehouse where we will instruct you on how to best utilize the showroom. We will show you how to read material labels for names and unique IDs (also called item codes or lot numbers). Please make note of unique ID and name of any materials that catch your eye. This information is useful when narrowing down your choices during the selection process. It also ensures that your Customer Service Representative can serve you in a timely manner.
If you are here to see one specific color, please let your Customer Service Representative know so they can take you directly to it. However, if you are undecided or need to see multiple colors, we recommend going through the aisles to find what you like best. Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer any questions you may have either at the front desk or on the warehouse floor. We do ask for your patience during peak times, however, as Representatives may be busy assisting other customers.
A Customer Service Representative is not a designer. They can answer basic material questions and give you some ideas of similar color, but more in depth design questions about color matching and/or coordination and design can only be answered by a Professional Designer. The Professional Designer Service is available for a nominal fee by appointment. Please ask a Customer Service Representative about setting up an appointment.
Due to our wholesale nature, we are, unfortunately, not able to discuss material pricing with customers.
We understand that some customers may wish to view slabs that are covered by other slabs. Stone slabs are extremely heavy and are absolutely unable to be moved or adjusted by hand. Moving slabs requires the use of specialized cranes, of which both of our locations are equipped with. However, even with the proper equipment, moving slabs is a delicate and, if done improperly, a dangerous process. All requests to move slabs will be considered under the following factors:
- Number of staff on-hand
- Number of customers in the warehouse
- Color, type, and availability of the requested material
- Priority of material on customer's selection list
We apologize if your request cannot be accommodated at this time. We invite you to set up an appointment to see your material later.
Upon selecting a final material, please record the name and unique ID of the material and proceed to a Customer Service Representative. The Representative will then review our holding policy and place a hold on the selected material at his or her discretion.
Thank you and enjoy your visit.