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One of a Kind

Key Features:
  • Countertop slabs are 1-1/2" thick
  • Tiles are 1/2" or 3/4" thick and in 12" squares and 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" rectangles
  • Five natural colors
  • Cut and mill with woodworking/masonry tools
  • $42 to $70 per square foot for countertop slabs; tiles range from $20 to $30 square foot (2009).
  • Pricing as of 2009.
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  • Squak Mountain Stone
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by Deborah Holmes, Ebricks.com

Squak Mountain Stone looks like soapstone, with all the veining and variations found in the perennially popular countertop material. But this stone is made by hand, not nature.

A slurry of recycled paper, recycled glass, coal fly-ash and cement is hand-cast into slabs. When dry it becomes a beautiful and durable stone-like material that can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, hearths and stairs.

Aside from the environmental benefits of a countertop made from materials that otherwise would be discarded, Squak costs about half as much as limestone or soapstone. For an even more economical countertop, the material is available in square or rectangular tiles.

A skilled DIYer can install Squak with standard woodworking and masonry tools. Like most natural stones, Squak needs to be sealed and periodically maintained with surface sealers or food-grade wax.

Countertop slaps are 1-1/2 thick and come in five commonly used sizes. Tiles are 1/2 and 3/4 thick.

Choose from five natural shades of gray, green or brown.

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