Surfaces USA is one of Southern California’s largest natural stone, glass, porcelain, metal, and composite tile companies. Choose the style of your kitchen, bath, or outdoor living space from our rich selection of gorgeous natural stone such as limestone, granite, marble, onyx, travertine, and crystalline. Consider our extensive tile and mosaic collection of ceramic, porcelain, metal, and glass. Take a look at our unique exotic slabs for your countertops, such as translucent backlit slabs or our exclusive and luxurious Glass2 collection.

We have five locations all over Southern California with over 3 million square feet of inventor. Let one of our experienced designers help you perfect your next countertop, wall cladding, or flooring project for that luxury home or commercial application.

Come visit one of our showrooms and see why Surfaces USA is your #1 choice for natural stone, glass, granite, marble, quartz, metal, porcelain, and composite tile, countertops, slabs, and planks. We’re In North Hollywood, Anaheim, Castaic, Oxnard, and San Diego.

View the largest selection of natural stone and imported tile online. From finely polished Carrara Marble and popular Travertine to the latest wood plank tile design. Browse through a seemingly endless list of countertops, flooring, and patio stone and tile options. 

 

 

Quartz Slabs for Your Kitchen Counter, Bathroom Vanity, and More

Quartz is one of nature’s hardest minerals. Our quartz slabs retain the qualities of natural stone and offer many other advantages from its advanced manufacturing process. These engineered quartz slabs are compressed and compacted under intense vibration and heat pressure to create a hard, non-porous surface which result in non-absorbent, highly stain-resistant, and easy to clean surfaces. Quartz is both natural and eco-friendly and can be ideal for residential and commercial interior applications.

Due to their durability and broad array of beautiful colors and patterns, quartz surfaces are a popular choice for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops. Their clean and polished look are also favorites for various commercial applications.

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About Quartz

Quartz begins as a raw naturally occurring material quarried from the earth. However, quartz is engineered prior to use on countertop surfaces. Binding agents, resins, and coloring materials may be added to to give the quartz a desired pigmentation or look as well as the sturdiness it is well known for. A quartz counter may withstand chipping and denting better than other natural stone countertops due to the flexibility afforded by the additional resins and binding agents. It is also highly scratch-resistant

Quartz is also able to withstand significantly high temperatures, which is beneficial in kitchen counter use, and it will not sustain damage even when exposed to heat up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Quartz colors range from warm and  inviting tones inspired by nature to bold distinctive colors that bring energy to any room. Each color is carefully formulated to ensure the right consistency, depth, and richness to ensure that your creative designs come to life.

Fascinating and harmonizing patterns are created by adding recycled material such as glass mirrors, crystals, and other natural materials to the quartz manufacturing process. 

Quartz Benefits

  • Eco-friendly
  • Non-Porous
  • Strong and durable
  • Low maintenance
  • Wide variety of colors
  • Highly stain resistant
  • Prevents formation of mold and mildew
  • Highly scratch resistant
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Visit one of our Surfaces USA showrooms and experience this versatile material for yourself. We are located in North Hollywood, Anaheim, Castaic, Oxnard, and San Diego. Or call one of our experienced designers for guidance.

 

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What Is the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?

When it comes to choosing a countertop material for your home, it’s always best to know the subtle differences and benefits between each type of material. Two popular choices are quartz and quartzite. Although these two types of material may sound the same, each has it’s own benefits and unique characteristics. So what is the difference between quartz and quartzite? In a nutshell, quartzite is a natural material (quartz and sandstone) while quartz is fabricated using quartz and man made synthetic materials.

 

 

Quartz

Quartz begins as a raw material quarried from the earth, but this purely raw quartz is not what you will be seeing on your countertop surfaces. Added to quartz before installation are binding agents, resins, and sometimes coloring materials to give the quartz a desired pigmentation or look as well as the sturdiness it is well known for. Quartz is  not as susceptible to etching as quartzite. A quartz counter may withstand chipping and denting better than quartzite due to the flexibility afforded by the additional resins and binding agents.

Quartz is also able to withstand significantly high temperatures, which is beneficial in kitchen counter use, and it will not sustain damage even when exposed to heat up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. However, temperatures above 300 degrees Fahrenheit may damage the resins in a quartz counter.

There is wider color variation available in quartz due to the coloring agents that can be added.

 

 

Quartzite

Quartzite is a natural stone resulting  from the combination of quartz and sandstone through heat and pressure. When sandstone is cemented to quartzite, the individual quartz grains recrystallize along with the former cementing material to form an interlocking mosaic of quartz crystals.[2] Due to the pressure used in its formation, quartzite is often much harder than quartz and is able to withstand impacts that may crack or damage a pure quartz material. Quartzite (Mohs scale 7) is slightly harder than granite (Mohs scale 6.5). Consider that Granite is believed to be one of the most durable building stones. Quartzite, however, is more susceptible to etching than quartz, even though the material is stronger in terms of durability.

Quartzite is a natural stone and like marble and granite, it must be sealed and resealed periodically.

 

 

What Is My Best Option?

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Both materials are beautiful and offer reasonable amounts of durability and heat resistance. If you love natural stone, then quartzite is perhaps your best option. If you are looking for a wider range of colors to complement the look and feel you are designing for, quartz may be your choice of material. Surfaces USA has a wide variety of both quartz and quartzite slabs from all over the world for your next design or remodeling project. Come visit one of our showrooms in North Hollywood, Anaheim, Castaic, Oxnard, and San Diego and let one of our knowledgeable sales or design consultants help you find that perfect look you’re yearning for..

 

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Countertops: Which Color of Granite Matches Your Personality?

Just like people, no two granites are exactly alike. With the enormous variety of color combinations and veining patterns available, choosing the right granite for your home can be a bit overwhelming. So how do you decide which color, pattern, or finish will best suit your unique personality, theme, or style? Keep on reading!

If you are sophisticated and desire a look that is modern with a contemporary feel, you may be drawn to granites in black.  Black Galaxy is an extremely upscale material with its reflective nature and staggered specs of gold, it creates an aura of formality and even a hint of mystery.

Those of you that appreciates nature and crave the feeling of being outdoors will appreciate the beauty of green granites. For example, a Tropical Green Granite combined with wood cabinets in a kitchen mimics the outdoors and offers a versatile color palette for other design elements such as paint and flooring. 

If you are cool, calm, and chic you might enjoy granite in shades of blue. Granites such as Sapphire Blue and Blue Pearl will naturally mix with both white and wood cabinetry. Blue granite often has flecks of opal or silver tones and works well with stainless steel appliances and accents. 

If you’re a person who is indecisive, likes to change surroundings often or just like the natural hues of granite, then brown or beige granite tones might be for you. These dark natural tones are warm and inviting, and compliment many color schemes. Since neutral shades offer flexibility when it comes to matching surrounding decor, they are perfect for homeowners who love to change styles often. 

If you are fascinated with more than one color of granite or if you don’t fit any of these personality types then don’t worry! The easiest way to choose granite would be to see and touch the natural stone! Make sure to stop by any of our five Surfaces USA showrooms located in North Hollywood, Anaheim, Castaic, Oxnard, and San Diego. Have one of our design experts assist you. For more information on choosing granite, please visit our new website at  www.surfacesusa.com or call us here.

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Kitchen Remodeling: Countertop Tips

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Planning the Look and Feel of Your New Kitchen

Once you’ve made the decision to remodel your kitchen, it’s important to start visualizing the styling elements of the look that you are planning to achieve. You may want to start thinking about your countertop material in the early stages of the project. The visual aspects of your countertop can surprisingly alter the feel and tone of your space. You also need to consider the characteristics of your cabinetry, such as the color and grain of the wood, to ensure that both counters and cabinets look well together. 

You may be a bit overwhelmed about the different types of materials, styles, and colors available for natural stone countertops. Take your time. Soon enough you’ll be able to discern which of these materials, styles, and colors will complement your kitchen design idea and eventually you’ll be passionate about a specific one. The kitchen countertop installation will be a breeze after you determine exactly what you want.

Start your process by asking yourself this question: Should I choose to be bold and daring by using bright colors and bold patterns?  Or do I want a more conservative look by using a more natural earthy tone? 

Choosing Your Natural Stone Countertop

For help answering that question, get yourself in front of the actual stone slabs. Visit local slab yards that have a large selection of material like Surfaces USA. Take a close look at the grain, pattern, texture, and color variation of the slabs and consider that differing lighting sources will produce a slightly different result. Ask the designer or salesperson at the slab yard if they offer samples before making a purchasing decision.

 Natural stone materials such as granite, marble, and limestone are a great way to give your kitchen the look you desire.  For heavily used kitchen countertops, consider granite as one of your top choices. Granite is one of the most popular and durable building stones due to its high density, weathering resistance, and beautiful variety of colors and patterns. It also has the ability to take a mirror-like polish and does not stain as easily as other, more porous natural stones.

Since it can be the focal point of a kitchen, you need to consider that the colors, textures, and patterns of your countertop should tie the entire space together.  From the colors of your walls to the materials and colors of your cabinets and flooring, there is an aesthetically pleasing natural stone countertop out there that can bring it all together.

Make sure you spend time with an interior designer and ask many questions to familiarize yourself with the materials. With an abundant supply of stunning natural stone from all over the world, you are sure to find one that’s right for you and your dream kitchen.

 

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Stunning Remodeling Material and Design at Surfaces USA

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Did you know that Surfaces USA designs and installs their gorgeous materials on both interior and exterior living spaces? With a team of experienced designers, Surfaces USA can help you design that signature look that your home or inspirational space is yearning for. Whether your style is contemporary and urban, or traditional and elegant, Surfaces USA’s distinctive products and services will allow you to bring your concept to life. Yes, it will still be there when you open your eyes!

With designers that are passionate about architecture, interior design, remodeling, and cutting edge trends and ideas, the results can be breathtakingly refreshing. For Stephanie Laney, every house is a cherished story and she feels blessed to be part of it. With exquisite taste and an eye for spatial balance, Stephanie blends delightful materials, colors, textures, and patterns into her customers’ dream homes and favorite personal spots.

One recent example was the Hillside home, a Transitional Mediterranean house which is nestled in the exclusive Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles. From inception to delivery, Stephanie thoroughly enjoyed the challenges just as much as she relished on the beautiful results from this exciting project.

One of my favorite designs is the master bathroom which features 12×36″ Equator Marble set in a clean and methodic herringbone pattern. The contemporary slick white glass counter top is brilliantly simple yet refined and pairs rather well with the 12×32″ micro crystal glass walls on the shower and bathroom. This design is astoundingly modern, clean, and sophisticated, subtly brought together by the marble floor’s comforting earthy shades of brown.

Speaking of comforting earthy shades of brown, no other color is as welcoming and warm. It can be a defining element in your kitchen. In the Hillside home, Stephanie invokes these homey feelings beautifully with these calm brownish tones. At the center of her design is a dramatically gorgeous main counter made of brushed Natural Sequoia Brown Quartzite which sits atop a contemporary but still natural-looking Timberline Porcelain Plank floor. The Color Quartz backsplash in a soothing Newport color both complements and balances these shades and creates another focal point for this delightful kitchen.

Stephanie Laney began her career studying at the Pasadena Design School for Interior Design in Pasadena, California. In her own words, “To be a successful designer in the 21st century, an idea is simply not enough. A designer must take that idea and enhance it with an intuitive understanding of the end-user, the marketplace, modern décor and the potential of materials and processes.”

As Lead Designer at Surfaces USA, she is heavily involved in planning for all types of projects that include private homes, public buildings, and multifamily units.  Her technical knowledge of natural stone combined with her innate creative abilities result in an effortless and timeless look for your home.

For Stephanie, the Hillside project was an elaborate expression of who the owners are and what they love. Bringing that expression to life is what she does best. There’s a lot more to say about Stephanie’s latest designs and the elaborate transformation to the Hillside home. See the impressive results for yourself in the gallery below.

 

 

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Porcelain or Non-Porcelain Tiles?

Most types of tiles that are made from a form of clay or a clay mixture, which are then kiln-fired, are considered to be a part of the larger classification of tile called ceramic. These tiles can be split into two groups, porcelain tiles and non-porcelain tiles. These non-porcelain tiles are commonly referred to as ceramic tiles.

Non-porcelain ceramic tiles are generally made from a red or white clay that is fired in a kiln. They’re easier to cut than porcelain and usually carry a PEI rating of 0 to 3 (see PEI Ratings below). Ceramic tiles are suitable for light to moderate traffic and have a higher water absorption rating that makes them less frost resistant than porcelain. In addition, they’re usually more prone to wear. However, with new technologies, ceramic tile should always be considered by its specifications, as durability and other factors will vary between ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles generally cost less than porcelain tiles.

Porcelain tile is generally made by pressing porcelain clays, which results in a tile that’s dense, impervious, fine grained, and smooth with a sharply formed face. Porcelain tiles usually have a much lower water absorption rate than ceramic tiles, making them more frost resistant, although not frost proof. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and have more wear- and damage-resistance than ceramic tiles, making them suitable for any residential and light commercial application.

In order to enhance the stain resistance of a stone tile, many tiles are glazed. This means they’re coated with a liquid glass that’s baked onto the surface of the clay. In addition to protecting the tile from staining, the glaze also allows an unlimited array of colors and designs to be added to the tile. Porcelain tiles whose color runs all the way through the tile, rather than simply being baked onto the surface, are called full-body tiles. Since their color extends throughout the tile, these tile don’t show wear, making them ideal for commercial applications.

Ceramic Tile Wear Ratings

The current rating system for ceramic tile is the only reliable gauge for consumers to use in determining wear expectations for a particular tile application. The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) has developed a rating scale that can effectively guide any consumer through the process of choosing the right tile for their particular application. This rating system is recommended by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

  • PEI Class 1 Rating (No foot traffic) – Recommended for wall use only in residential and commercial applications.
  • PEI Class 2 Rating (Light traffic) – Recommended for both wall use and bathroom floor applications.
  • PEI Class 3 Rating (Light to moderate traffic) – Recommended for countertops, walls, and floors where normal foot traffic is expected.
  • PEI Class 4 Rating (Moderate to heavy traffic) – Recommended for all residential applications as well as medium commercial and light institutional.
  • PEI Class 5 Rating (Heavy to extra heavy traffic) – Recommended for all residential as well as heavy commercial and institutional applications.

Most porcelain tiles have a PEI rating of 5, which makes them the hardest wearing tiles on the market.

Natural Stone Tiles

In addition to the many choices you have in ceramic tiles, there’s also a wealth of options among natural stone tiles. There are many subtle and significant differences between the types of stones available, from appearance to water absorption to durability. The natural stones most commonly used in tiles are slate, marble, limestone, travertine and granite.

Slate is a fine-grained, metamorphic rock, commonly derived from sedimentary rock shale. It’s composed mostly of micas, chlorite, and quartz and is best suited for floors, walkways and roofing, and recently has been used attractively for kitchen countertops and wet bars.

It’s a dense, very tough composite that’s typically available in blacks, grays and greens, although many other colors can also be found in slate products. Slate shades within the same color family often vary. Veined patterns from overseas have also recently been introduced. Unless it has been honed smooth, slate’s surface can be recognized by its distinct cleft pattern.

Marble is one of the more popular natural stones, formed from fossil sediment deposits that have been pressed by the natural geologic forces of nature for millions of years. Much as diamonds are created from coal, marble was once limestone that underwent a metamorphosis from the intense pressures and high temperatures within the earth.

The combination of the natural materials in these deposits, along with natural geologic events, produces unique colors and veining with a richness of depth and intensity. Most marble products are generally softer than granites and have more porosity than granite. Since marble is a softer stone than granite, it’s most often used in bathroom walls and flooring, as well as for tub decks, fireplace surrounds, furniture, sculptures and courtyards. Marble is not recommended for kitchens unless the stone is honed and sealed.

Limestone is a form of marble that’s less dense than marble or travertine (see below). Limestone is a sedimentary rock consisting mostly of calcium carbonate and is formed from the remains of ancient sea life, such as oysters, mussels, and other ancient shellfish and invertebrates, that have dropped to the sandy bottom of ancient seas and then compressed over millions of years.

Limestone is a common stone found in many parts of the world in excellent abundance. Limestone generally varies in earthy colors such as off-white, grey or beige. If the limestone contains the mineral dolomite, it becomes harder in nature and can be polished to a shine much like marble can. Its best uses are for structural walls, entry walls, floors, fireplace surrounds, vanities and shower walls. It’s generally not recommended for kitchen countertops and wet bars because fruit juices and alcohol products can stain it and limestone is prone to scratches.

Travertine is a variety of limestone formed in pools by the precipitation of hot mineral-rich spring water. Travertine is another form of marble that’s less dense than a high-grade marble and highly porous. The divots that are characteristic of travertine were created by carbon dioxide bubbles that became trapped as the stone was being formed.

Travertine can have a honed, unfinished surface, or the holes can be filled and then polished to a high gloss. It’s best used in entry walls, floors, fireplace surrounds, vanities, shower walls, tub decks and mosaics, but is not recommended for kitchen or wet bar countertops since it can be easily scratched. It can also be easily stained by fruit juices and alcoholic products. Its colors usually range from light beige to brown. Travertine does require a degree of special care, as some cleaning products can be destructive to its surface.

Granite is a dense-grained hard stone. It’s actually the second hardest known substance next to diamonds. Granite is an igneous rock formed either from the melting of sediments deep within the earth or through magma (lava) activity that has heated and cooled. These sediments were held under extreme pressure and temperatures for millions of years, then brought to the surface of the earth through upheaval of the crust that formed mountains. This process produces granite, a quartz-based product, which combines strength and durability with rich patterns and veining.

Minerals within granite typically appear as small flecks throughout the stone, often creating a salt and pepper look. Other types of granite have veining similar to marble. Once polished, natural granite will maintain its high gloss finish virtually forever. It also cleans in seconds. Because of its durability, it can be used successfully on kitchen countertops, wet bars, entry walls, floors, fireplaces and bathroom vanities. Flamed or honed granite can be used almost anywhere.

Buyers should note that no two natural stone tiles will be the same-each has its own natural beauty. Homeowners must be sure to seal the stone periodically, however, in order to maintain that beauty.

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