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Welcome to Di Pietra Design where pride and craftsmanship have been our reputation for over 30 years. Di Pietra, meaning ‘of stone’ in Italian represents just what we do. We are a manufacturer that designs, fabricates and installs stone products. Our portfolio includes everything from countertops, fireplace surrounds, bathtub surrounds, spas and showers. 
Q Do you fabricate your own countertops?

YES! Canadian owned and operated. Our state of the art facility offers leading edge CNC machinery and technology supported by our highly-trained team of craftsmen and artisans. When you walk into our facility you will witness the technology, the science, the cleanliness and the hum of dedicated people. We master the art of stone to each project we handle, as no two projects are alike. From cutting to polishing, the stone is slowly transformed as our team perfects each piece. The science of stone cannot be fully appreciated until each piece is digitally templated, crafted by our sawyers, delivered and carefully put into place.

Q Do you have your own slabs to choose from?

YES, We are the largest stone fabricator north of the GTA with an in-house selection of over 30,000 sqft of stone. We serve communities throughout southern and northern Ontario.

Q 2. What is the difference between Quartz, Granite, Laminate, Corian & Marble?

We get asked a lot about the difference between granite countertops and engineered “man-made” stone products such as Hanstone, Zodiaq, Ceasarstone, and Silestone (to name a few of the more popular brands out there)
QUARTZ - Engineered countertops are generally referred to as “Quartz” tops and these products are a mixture of ground quartz, a colouring agent, and bonding resin. The different colours and styles are all determined by the manufacturing process. If you go with quartz, you will probably have a more even colour pattern on your countertops than you would with granite.
GRANITE - Granite is a naturally occurring stone found all over the world. The uniqueness in the types of granite countertops that you may buy is due to regional variations, diferent types of granite, and diferent methods of polishing the stone. Granite is a tough rock, which is why it is used so often in engineering and construction. If you choose granite for your countertops, you will likely see random veining and uneven colour patterns. Some people like that it is so natural, while others do not.
LAMINATE- Laminate countertops are made from layers of plastic that are bonded to particleboard to create a solid countertop surface. These countertops are available in a wide variety of colors, textures and patterns, ranging from options that look like marble to ones that mirror the appearance of granite.
CORIAN – Corian is a brand name for acrylic countertops and/or solid surface. Staron is also another brand name of a solid surface countertop. Composed of solid resin, which is a hard, plastic like surface. They range in prices and can mimic marble or granite looks or solid colours.
MARBLE - Marble is softer and more porous than the nearly indestructible granite, and so it can etch, scratch and stain in a way that granite usually won’t. If you are OK with countertops looking a bit scratched up, and developing an old word European look and patina over the years, then marble may be for you. If you want them perfectly glossy all the time, then perhaps not. Also, honed / texturing marble countertops (the more matte, less shiny finish that comes from abrading the stone) can be much more kitchen-friendly.

Q 4. How do you begin the process of choosing the right countertops with your customers?

We make sure to educate our customers about all the different types of surfaces. There is a lot of misleading information out there that can confuse people and can give other products a bad rap. When it’s not the case at all. The biggest conundrum we see with our customers is Granite vs Quartz. While granite requires maintenance, it’s not substantial enough to be a factor for most people. In our opinion, your choice should be made upon the product that you like best from an aesthetic perspective. Quartz and granite each have unique looks, and whatever you choose, you will be looking at your countertop for a long time. Both products are an investment and you won’t be changing them often – if at all. Choose what you like best. It’s your kitchen after all!

Q What is the current trend for countertop choices?

Calacatta Marble look-a-likes in manufactured quartz such as Caesarstone, Handstone and Silestone are a big trend setter. We have our own in-house line that will help cut the costs of the band name lines while still keeping quality. DPD Calacatta Laza and DPD Calacatta Bellissimo are great options that won’t break the bank.

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