Davis Tile & Marble carries both engineered stone (called quartz) and natural stone, including granite, marble, travertine, quartzite, and more! We have many colors of these in stock, and when you buy from our stock and we fabricate it, You only pay for what you need. For example, if your project requires 11/2 slabs, we will only charge for 11/2 slabs, not the 2 slabs most other retailers will charge. This is because we will cut the pieces for your project from what we have, and sell the rest to other customers.
If, however, we do not have what you want in stock, we have sources for many colors from several suppliers. We will do our best to get you the perfect fit for your job, look, and budget.
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|Heat Resistance||Scratch Resistance||Chemical Resistance||Ease of Cleaning||Variety of Colors|
|Granite||Very High||Very High||Very High||High||High|
|Quartz||High||Very High||High||Very High||Very High|
|Quartzite||Very High||Very High||Very High||Very High||Medium|
Granite is a natural stone, quarried from large igneous stone deposits found around the world.The stone is naturally quite rough and textured, but when it is ground and polished during the countertop manufacturing process, it takes on a smooth surface with rich luster. The variations throughout the stone give the slab character and differentiate it from others. For this reason, it is important to select slabs quarried from the same block to ensure that the color and movement are similar.
The primary advantages granite provides are distinctive beauty and outstanding durability when properly sealed. It has a slight porosity and so we seal it with an impregnator, which sinks in deep for superior protection.
"Quartz" is an engineered stone, made of about 93% quartz and bound by polyester or epoxy resin. As a result, it is durable as granite, but completely non-porous, which in turn makes it super stain-resistant, anti-microbial, and never needing sealing.
In appearance it ranges from simple to complex, some colors mimicking natural stone, others having a clean, modern aesthetic. Some colors have metal or glass in them for bright sparkles, yet others have bold patterning.
Quartz has only two downsides: It cannot be used outside, as long-term exposure to UV light will cause fading, and it is a little more sensitive to scorching than natural stones. Overall, quartz countertops deliver outstanding durability and easy maintenance combined with superior beauty. If you want a premium product in your home, the bonuses of quartz outweigh the downsides
Select from our large stock of colors, or let us special order slabs from our suppliers below.
Quartzite is a natural stone, usually with lots of dramatic movement in appearance. A metamorphic stone almost entirely composed of quartz; it is harder even than granite! It is less porous than granite and less likely to stain.
Several have the dramatic look of marble without being as vulnerable. Others have unique colors and patterns not found in other stone. For a special look, quartzite is hard to beat!
Marble is a natural stone, usually with a subtle play of grays and whites with a sparkly sheen. Marble is a metamorphic rock containing a high concentration of calcite or dolomite. The word is derived from Greek meaning to sparkle or gleam.
Marble is softer and more susceptible to chemicals. It is porous and must be cleaned frequently and sealed often.
Davis Tile & Marble, Inc.
74-5522 Kaiwi St.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740