How to choose the right stone

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When it comes to selecting elegant, enduring natural stone for your home, you have options including granite, quartzite, marble, travertine, limestone, soapstone and slate. And like selecting the home itself, it's a personal selection—which variety talks to you? However, it's not just about what looks good. Some varieties of stone are better suited than others to particular uses. Our massive 12,000 square foot showroom and our team of expert design consultants are here to help you explore your options and provide guidance to the right choice for any project in and around your home.

Color

Natural stones are available in a beautiful spectrum of colors. Colors in granite and marble, for example, can range from soft beiges and pinks and classic black-and-whites to rich corals, greens, and multi-colors. Marble traditionally features swirls and "veins" of colors, while granite has a flecked or pebbled appearance. Unlike the repetitive uniformity of materials produced by machine or assembly line, natural stone's varied appearance has wonderful character and creates a one-of-a-kind effect everywhere it is used.

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Just a tiny example of the astonishing range of colors and patterns on full display in
Jubilee Company's indoor slab yard.

Finish

Natural stone can be polished, brushed, honed, or flamed for a distinctive appearance:

  • A polished finish has a glossy surface that reflects light and emphasizes the color and marking of the stone. This finish is typically used on walls, furniture tops and floor tiles.
  • A brushed, textured or leathered finish provides a beautifully textured matte finish that looks "water-worn" or "river-washed."
  • A honed finish is a satin-smooth surface with relatively little light reflection. It is generally preferred for floors, stair treads, thresholds, and other areas where heavy traffic will wear off a polished finish.
  • A flamed finish is a rough-textured surface used frequently on granite floor tiles.

Learn more about stone finishes available at Jubilee Company.

Hardness

The harder the stone, the more it resists abrasion. One measure of natural stone's strength is the Measurement of Hardness (MOH) rating: 1 the softest and 10 the hardest. On the MOH scale, most marbles rate a 3 and quartz-based granites are a 7. Using a softer stone simply requires the homeowner to use gentler cleansers and more frequent dusting to prevent scratching.

Granite

An excellent choice for kitchen countertops, floors, and other heavily used surfaces

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Alaskan White granite slab is one of more than 70 styles of natural stone on display in Jubilee Company's indoor slab yard.

Granite, quarried from the mountains of the US, Brazil, Canada and dozens of other nations, is one of the most popular natural stones on the market. Jubilee Granite Countertops has one of the largest selections of granite slabs in Dallas.

Available in a stirring range of colors, granite's durability and longevity make it ideal for kitchen countertops and other heavily used surfaces including table tops and floors.

While some synthetic surfaces scratch easily and melt under hot cookware, granite resists heat. Granite is also one of the most bacteria-resistant kitchen surfaces, and it is not affected by citric acid, coffee, tea, alcohol, or wine. It is also nearly impossible to scratch. And with proper cleaning, will not stain under normal use. Ask us about sealants available to further improve resistance to staining.

A leading consumer magazine recently compared granite with engineered stone, ceramic tile, laminate, butcher block, and other manufactured surfaces. Granite received the highest overall performance rating as a kitchen countertop material.

Because if its exceptional strength, granite is well suited for exterior applications such as outdoor kitchens. Learn more about granite here.

Quartzite

Stone Superhero: Harder, stronger, more impervious

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Jubilee Company's Revolution Quartzite slab.

Stone Age craftsmen knew a thing or two about stone. And quartzite was one of their top choices for many uses. With a Mohs mineral hardness of 7 (diamond is a 10), quartzite is harder, tougher and superior to many other kinds of stone. That also makes it more resistant to abrasion and chemicals. Finally, as you might have guessed, it's available in a crazy range of colors.

What makes it so ultra hard is its structure of interlocking crystals. In fact, it is so tough and durable that when broken (which takes considerable effort) the split literally shatters the grains of quartz rather than separating along their natural crystalline boundaries. Learn more about quartzite here.

Marble

Ideal for foyers, bathrooms, floors and hearths

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Jubilee Company's Rainforest Brown slab is a good example of the diversity of marble.

Marble is found in the mountainous regions of Canada, Italy, Germany, Spain, the US, and other countries. Because of it's beauty and elegance, marble is a popular choice for countertops, floors, foyers, fireplace facings and hearths, walls, and windowsills.

Marble adds a sophisticated element to your home and its wonderful appearance, superior engineering characteristics, and ease of maintenance make it a natural choice for floors, wall coverings, table tops and bathroom walls, floors, vanity tops, tub decks and showers.

Marble should be cared for as you would a fine wood finish. Using coasters on table tops and cleaning up spills immediately will preserve marble's natural beauty.

Another option for marble-loving homeowners is using serpentine for kitchen counters. Sometimes called the "green" marble, serpentine is not a true marble but offers a marble-like look. And because it is magnesium-silicate based, it is not sensitive to citric acid and other kitchen spills. Learn more about marble here.

Travertine

Preferred building material of the ancient Romans (for good reason)

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Jubilee Company's Storm Travertine has a unique beautiful look.

Travertine is a type of limestone and other of the most popular natural stones for interior and exterior wall cladding, interior and exterior paving, statuary, and curbing. Learn more about travertine here.

Limestone

Beautiful enhancements for your home, inside and out

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Closeup showing the detail with thousands of fossils in Jubilee Company's Jerusalem Bone Limestone slab.

Limestone is widely used as a building stone because it is readily available and easy to handle. Poplar applications include countertops, flooring, interior and exterior wall cladding, and exterior paving. Learn more about the pros and cons of Limestone.

Soapstone

 Beautiful enhancements for your home, inside and out

Jubilee Company's Rainforest Brown slab is a good example of the diversity of marble.

Soapstone is growing in popularity due its durability, hygienic properties and unique silky feel. Uses include kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, fireplace surrounds, stoves, and stair treads. Care and maintenance is easy, but different than other types of stone. Soapstone is very dense and impervious to detergents, water, red wine, stains, oils, acids, chemicals, germs and bacteria! For this reason, soapstone is the traditional countertop material favored in chemistry labs.

Many types of soapstone are quite soft, these (greenish) varieties slowly wear down producing a slightly worn or distressed look that just adds to its unique and wonderful character. In the far northerneastern states such as Vermont, countless soapstone stoves and sinks manufactured in the 1800s are still in use today. Homeowners are proud of the natural patina that is a soapstone trademark.

Soapstone ranges in color from pale green to charcoal gray and is sometimes streaked with veins of lighter gray.

In addition to being impervious to microbes, liquids and chemicals, soapstone is unaffected by heat. You can remove a hot pan from the stove and set it directly on a soapstone counter without any damage whatsoever — a big benefit where kitchen functionality is desired. The only comparable countertop material in terms of functionality is stainless steel.

Soapstone slabs are quarried and custom cut to fit your kitchen. This all-natural stone is as eco-friendly and green as it comes. No sealers or toxic chemicals are used to process soapstone and nothing needs to be done since it is naturally sealed against stains and liquids, etc. All you have to do is wipe it down to keep it clean. Learn more about soapstone countertops.

Sandstone

Beautiful enhancements for your home, inside and out

Sandstone is frequently used for fireplace facings, chimneys, garden walls, patio benches, and at poolside.

Slate

Beautiful enhancements for your home, inside and out

Slate is a popular flooring material and sandstone and slate are often used for exterior paving or pavers. Other slate applications include kitchen countertops, fireplace facings, table tops and roofing.

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Jubilee Granite Countertops is committed to helping you through the natural stone selection process... from start to finish! If you're looking for granite countertops in Dallas, then Jubilee is the right choice. Call (972) 529-2140 today to learn more. We stock, fabricate, and install custom granite and marble kitchen tabletops, islands, and much more. If you’re building a custom home, remodeling, or renovating we offer one of DFW's largest on-site slab selections and inventories with more than 70 varieties to choose from in our 12,000 sq foot indoor slab showroom. As the manufacturer, our fabricator direct advantage includes installation by highly-skilled professionals.

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Backsplash & Bathroom Tile Design Boards

Take our special tile design boards in our Tile Design Center off the wall and carry them back to our indoor slab yard for perfect visualization. With hundreds of tile styles to choose from, we can help with custom designs, too!

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Jubilee's Price Advantage

From concept to installation, we do it all. With no middlemen to increase the cost, we pass the savings to you. And no one cares more about professional installation than the same team that produced your order.

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Baths and sinks

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Jubilee provides affordable tubs, sinks and shower bases for your dream bathroom or kitchen.

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Adopt a Granite Remnant & Save

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Do you have a spot in your home for a lonely countertop orphan? Shop our granite remnants for exceptional deals. More than a hundred to choose from, each longing for a happy home!

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Engineered Quartz

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Unlimited color selection.

Considered by some to be the best overall product of all countertop selections, engineered quartz is very popular.

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Engineered Marble

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Bridging the gap between nature and technology.

More impervious to moisture and resistant to scratches and stains, engineered marble is an affordable, eco-friendly, beautiful alternative to natural stone.

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Testimonials

We highly recommend Jubilee for all of your granite countertop needs. — Chateaux Builders, LLC

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Solid Surface

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90% quartz plus synthetic polymers = indestructible

Considered by some to be the best overall product of all countertop selections, engineered stone is non-porous, hygienic, stain resistant, scratch resistant.

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Cultured Marble

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Prime choice for value, versatility and lead time.

Advanced fillers and pigments blended with low VOC polymers produce a beautiful and cost-effective product for years of style and service.

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