Hello! My name is David Plummer, and I am the owner of Creative Stone Solutions of Kelowna, BC. Our company specializes in the manufacturing and installation of stone countertops, be it granite, marble, quartz, or soapstone.
We produced this video to share our love for our craft with you. Watch the process and find out how we can make your dream countertop renovation into a reality!
We hope that it leaves you with inspiration for your next project.
My greatest passion is stone, and I love crafting works of art, memorials, plaques, and other interesting pieces out of stone. No matter the scale or design, if you want something made custom please let me know, and I will make it happen.
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 the lighter color minerals with the remainder 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 our 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 our field, and this technology allows us to get the measurements of your kitchen countertops without necessarily removing the old countertops. That way our customers will have the convenience of not being without a kitchen during the fabrication process.
Yes, we have one of the largest inventories of granite remnants around! We also have remnants and half slabs of engineered stone, marble, limestone, onyx and of course granite, as well as many other types of stone remnants.
Stop by and see the stones!
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, 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, and you will have a very stain-resistant countertop that will be virtually maintenance free. Rarely, if ever, will you need to reseal granite that has been resined and properly sealed.
Over time, in the unlikely event that you do see some water absorb into the stone, simply have us reseal the countertop. We can help you if your countertops ever need to be resealed.
People often make the mistake of assuming that if it is more expensive, then the slab is of better quality. Often, in our industry, stone cost has more to do with the availability and rarity of the stone, less so the quality of it. In other words, the fact that these rocks are sourced from around the world by constantly competing quarries plays more of a part in the cost of a stone than the quality itself.
To be more specific, let’s take an example:
Santa Cecilia Granite is available from many sources, so the base price of this granite rock is fairly low. When purchasing this stone, one may make the choice between “First Choice” material and “Second Choice” material. Both are beautiful stones, however the Second Choice will have minor colour variation, making it less expensive than the former, First Choice. The final classification is “Commercial Grade”. This class of stone will have imperfections that make it look less than desirable, spots or eggs of color that do not match the standard colouration for that material. This is the lowest priced material.
These ratings are subjective and have to do with the appearance of the stone alone. At the end of the day, all three classifications will perform the same as granite countertops in your kitchen, but the “quality” is based on the subjective look and appearance.