Granite Countertops – Calgary – QuarTzite Countertops

Huge selection of granite & natural quartzite for countertops

We offer an excellent selection of granite for countertops in our Calgary showroom

There’s nothing like the beauty of granite countertops to add elegance and class to any kitchen or bathroom. Granite is stain-resistant, heat-resistant, and scratch resistant, so is very practical for all applications: kitchen counters (or any counters in the house), floors, walls, fireplaces. Granite’s usual finish is highly polished, but you can now choose a satin finish, also called leather. Dauter Stone can create either granite countertop finish for you, in the colour of your choice.

We offer an excellent selection of quartzite for countertops in our Calgary showroom

Natural Quartzite countertops are as hard and durable as granite countertops, and therefore are equally versatile. Quartzite countertops are newer in the Calgary marketplace, and have their own unique colours and patterning. We have an excellent range of natural quartzite available for viewing and selection.


Dauter Stone – Calgary Granite Countertop Experts
35+ Years Providing Beautiful Natural Stone Products
Call 403-253-3738
or visit our showroom at 5230 1st Street S.W. Calgary
Granite, Soapstone, Limestone, Natural Quartzite, Travertine, Marble
Granite Countertops – Calgary – Quartzite Countertops
Natural Stone Showroom & Production Plant
Residential & Commercial

*Blow-out pricing sale on now!
Choose from a huge selection of remnants & discontinued colours. Only an amazing $5 per square foot for stone (labour/installation extra). Available to all; including contractors, fabricators, do-it-yourselfers.



What determines quartzite and granite prices?

We have dozens of quarzite and granite colours and types, falling into six pricing levels, as well as special order pricing, which is case by case. Many clients wonder what determines quartzite and granite pricing levels. The simple answer is the price we bought the stone for. But what determines that price? There are many factors, including:

  • Labour rates in the country of origin
  • Shipping rates from the country of origin
  • Exchange rates for the country of origin
  • Rarity of the granite in the world – is there only one quarry, or dozens of quarries
  • Remoteness of the quarry – what did it cost to build a road?
  • What did it cost to set up the quarry for production?
  • Has the quarry been in production for many years?
  • Have the start-up costs been covered yet?
  • How difficult is the granite or quarzite to get out of the quarry?
  • How difficult is it to process the quartzite granite into slabs for marketing? Factors such as the hardness of the granite for cutting, or fragility and extra processing required to strengthen and stabilize it for transport, will affect the price.
  • Supply and demand factors – what is the demand for the particular granite world wide – how “popular” is it?
  • Is the supply less than, equal to, or greater than the demand?
  • Middle men – how many times has the granite changed hands and been marked up?

The price of granite is not a reflection of quality. Some very high quality granite colours are not expensive, largely because they are widely produced and available. Other very expensive colours are fragile and may have more pitting, fissures, etc.

More quartzite & granite countertop colours becoming available

In Calgary, granite countertops started becoming more widely available in the mid 1990s. At that time, only a few classic granites were common. Common granites with the traditional speckled texture associated with granite are called classics. More and more granite colours and patterns with unique marking and movement are appearing in the marketplace; these are referred to as exotics.

New techniques have been developed and are used to allow slab production facilities to process granite slabs from a greater variety of blocks. Granite that had previously been too fragile to produce can be strengthened for transport and handling by additional processes such as mesh backing. Granite that had previously had an uneven surface can be smoothed out by resining.

An expanding market for granite in general, and exotic granite in particular, has also spurred investment in seeking out and opening new granite quarries. Today the granite selection in Calgary is fantastic; the variety of granite colours, textures, patterning, movement, reflection, translucence, iridescence, and always the marvellous depth of granite is mind boggling.

Granite purchasers must always remember they are acquiring a product of nature – beautiful and unique but imperfect. Every slab of granite is truly one-of-a-kind, and will have varying patterns, markings, darker and lighter colouration, veining, pitting, small fissures and micro-cracks. Marble and exotic colours are often filled with resins, so this can appear in the countertops. These are natural characteristics of stone, are not deficiencies, and will not impair the function or durability of the stone.

 

How are quartzite and granite countertops made?

Please bear in mind that this description applies to the process using Dauter Stone’s top-of-the-line equipment. The process can differ with other Calgary granite suppliers, using different equipment.                                                                        

  1. First our Templater will attend on-site and measure the countertop job by laser. He pinpoints edges, corners, spots along the wall with the laser, and creates a digital drawing of the exact physical layout. The kitchen cabinets need to be fully installed before this step can be done accurately.
  1. The digital drawing is downloaded into a computer. Details are added to indicate where the finished edges are to be profiled, where the kitchen sink and taps will go, etc. This drawing is sent to a CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) saw.
  1. The granite slabs the customer has pre-approved are loaded onto the saw table. The table rotates to vertical and the granite slab is laid against it, then it rotates back to horizontal with the slab on top. The CNC saw operator looks at an outline of the required pieces laid over an actual photo of the slab. He can use the computer to put the pieces into their finished layout visually to see how the grain lines of the stone look before cutting them out. Once the saw is programmed, it cuts the pieces out automatically.
  1. The pieces are transferred by vacuum lift or manually to another CNC machine. They are placed flat on vacuum pods. The computer is programmed to finish the granite countertops, cutting out sinkholes, shaping and polishing edges and corners, and coring for taps.
  1. Workers do fine touches manually, using hand grinders to polish out machining ridges in the edge profiling of the pieces. Some suppliers skip this process but at Dauter Stone, we pay attention to detail and strive for top quality.
  1. All the finished pieces for a job are stacked together on A-frames, waiting to be loaded manually or with the assistance of a forklift onto another A-frame on the back of a truck. A crew of two will deliver the granite countertops, put all the pieces in place, do any additional cut-outs such as cooktops, install seams using clear epoxy, and silicone underneath around the cabinet boxes to keep the pieces solid, but able to be removed if necessary.
  1. The granite countertops are given a final polish with the Dauter Stone 3-in-1 Cleaner/Polisher/Protector spray. We have found this to be the best product on the market for cleaning and maintaining granite countertops. Our customers receive a complimentary can, and thereafter can purchase more inexpensively at any time. 

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Dauter Stone – Calgary Quarzite Countertop Experts
35+ Years Providing Beautiful Natural Stone Products
Call 403-253-3738
or visit our showroom at 5230 1st Street S.W. Calgary
Granite CountertopsQuartzite Countertops
Natural Stone Showroom & Production Plant
Residential & Commercial

*Blow-out pricing sale on now!
Choose from a huge selection of remnants & discontinued colours. Only an amazing $5 per square foot for stone (labour/installation extra). Available to all; including contractors, fabricators, do-it-yourselfers.


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Granite Natural
Quartzite
Soapstone Engineered
Quartz
Marble/
Travertine
Limestone
Heat Resistance * * * Somewhat
Stain Resistance * * * *
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Acid Resistance  * * * *
Hardness (Moh’s Scale) 7 7 1 6 3 3
Available in Polished * * *  * *
Available in Matt * *  *  *  *  *
Repairable * *  *  Somewhat  * *
Withstands Outdoor Use * *  *
Natural Variations * *  *  *  *
Good for kitchens * *  * *
Sealing Periodic Periodic  Oil None  Periodic Periodic

Is radon emission from quartzite or granite countertops a concern?

Studies show that there are no significant radon emissions from granite or other stones used in the home. Other household sources of radon exceed that which comes from stone. To read more, click on the link below:
http://www.marble-institute.com/pdfs/countertops_radon_wp.pdf