Fabricator and Installer
I am married with three daughters which keeps me very busy. We enjoy participating in our church activities together.
“At Ivey Lane, we call Celfin our “go to guy”. His skill and experience enable us to perform the most difficult and complex jobs. Celfin is a perfectionist and his quiet confidence is a key to our shop being able to turn out jobs that other fabricators will not attempt. Celfin is able to tackle any job, he truly can do it all.”
2 years at Ivey Lane
I’m Debra Cowan. A Christian, Wife to Mark, Mother to Hadley. Lover of sweet tea, all things pink and green, and sunshine.
Mark and I grew up in the same small town in Missouri. Although we aren’t high school sweethearts, I am blessed to have married the quarterback I’ve had a crush on since the 8th grade. We recently celebrated 25 years of marriage. Mark has been in the furniture industry since graduating from college, which has given us the opportunity to live in five states and seven cities.
Moving from Texas to Greensboro in 2015, I joined Ivey Lane the following year. I’ve always loved pretty things and enjoy creating warm, inviting spaces. Working with clients to turn their vision it into a reality is so much fun! I truly enjoy being a part of the Ivey Lane family. Working with a team of such talented people to create beautiful countertops, which turns our customer’s house into their home, is very rewarding.
When not working at Ivey Lane, I spend much time volunteering for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and Greensboro Day, where our daughter is a senior. I love attending Bible Study, watching football, event planning, gardening and walking our two sweet dogs, Emma and Cutie.
“Debra has a sunny and cheerful disposition-we often joke that when she walks through the door she has bluebirds, butterflies, and rainbows following her.”
CNC Programmer and Operator
10 years at Ivey Lane
30 Years Industry Exper ience
Married for twenty years with two children, I enjoy all sports, especially his Washington Redskins. My family and I attend First Christian Church in Kernersville. Weekends are for family and friends. Whenever possible we enjoy attending sporting events and concerts.
“Eddie is the quite type but surprises his coworkers with a funny, dry and quick wit; sometimes it can take a minute for everyone to “get it”!”
Jamie D. Welch
3 years at Ivey Lane
11 Years Industry Experience
I have been married for 10 years with a family of three girls and one boy. Quality family time is a priority and we enjoy being outdoors, including fishing and hunting. Farming is my second job.
10 years at Ivey Lane
13 Yeas Industry Experience
We have three children and three grandchildren. In addition to my love of golf, I enjoy hunting and fishing. I am a Duke fan and closely follows men’s basketball and football. I am also a huge fan of the Carolina Panthers.
“Jason loves coming into work after one of his teams has a win and makes sure the other guys in the shop know about it, especially if the win is over one of their favorite teams.”
3 years at Ivey Lane
22 Years Industry Experience
Originally from Honduras, I arrived to the U.S. 32 years ago. Happily married for 28 years, my wife and I have 3 children. We love spending time together with family. We make sure to have dinner together as much as possible. We love spending time together at our Christian church. Playing soccer is one of my favorite hobbies.
“Jesus comes into work with a cheerful smile and helpful disposition.”
Measurement and touch up
14 years at Ivey Lane
I am a father of 2 boys and a girl. I love spending time with my family. I enjoy home improvement projects. We attend West Side Chapel.
“Khoen does our touch up work and fine detail finish work. He is an artist with a keen eye when it comes to the fine detail that our custom jobs require.”
I joined the team at Ivey Lane in 2017. I love granite and natural stone, which are also a part of my family business of monument and tribute markers. I enjoy helping customers find the perfect countertop selection and “making the stone their own”.
I attended RCC and UNCG, and I am a licensed real estate broker in NC and SC. I am a native of Rockingham County, and am a member of Hickory Grove United Methodist Church and have one awesome son, Daniel.
“Kristi enjoys baking and cooking for family and friends, also gardening, floral design and shagging to beach music! Much of the cooking and baking she does is to benefit those in need.”
The Real Brains at Ivey Lane
With Ivey Lane from day 1
Pete and I have been married since 1987 and we have four adult children and two grandchildren. Outside of the business and family, I minister to newly married couples, enjoy reading and listening to music. I love to travel with my husband and family when time permits . But my most enjoyable job is spoiling my grandchildren.
“Leslie is able to jump into any job at Ivey Lane and keep the ball rolling. Being 40+ she is the one we turn to for computer and network help. And yes……she does share an office with her husband.”
3 years at Ivey Lane
10 years industry experience
I am married with one daughter with another child on the way! I have a background in accounting and estimating. I enjoy watching soccer and growing agave, a type of cactus. I grow over 7 different varieties.
16 years at Ivey Lane
My husband and I were residential contractors for 15 years, which helps me relate to our contractor customers and their needs.
I have been married for 30 years and we have a 28-year-old daughter who also resides in Greensboro. My 102-year-old mother-in-law has been living with us for 5 years. The last member of our family is a 10-year-old Bichon!
Most of my time is spent on work and family. But when there is the time my husband and I enjoy home improvement projects that we plan and do together.
“Marti is always calm, cool and collected, she keeps the rest of Ivey Lane grounded!”
31 years in the industry
My wife Leslie and I have four children and two grandchildren. I have served on several Christian Ministry boards as well as the Greensboro Builders Association.
I enjoy the outdoors, fishing, hiking and even sometimes camping. I conduct weekly men’s meetings exploring their faith together. And even though I share the same office with my wife, we are happily into their 32nd year of marriage.
16 Years at Ivey Lane
I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Pat, for forty-three years. We are proud of our three beautiful daughters and eleven grandchildren. We love to vacation in Beaufort, NC enjoying the beach and many wonderful friends we have made. We have sponsored a little girl from Honduras for twelve years. We correspond and Pat and I have a sense of joy in being part of her life.
“Rick is a native of Greensboro and played professional baseball for the Baltimore Orioles organization right out of high school. He went on to enjoy a career in structural steel including being a certified inspector for 26 years.
Rick had the honor of his Ragsdale High School baseball jersey being retired. He holds one of our most demanding jobs which he performs with a patient professionalism.” Pete
Saw, Fabricator, and Installer
18 Years at Ivey Lane
My wife and I have been married for six years and have two children. We attend church weekly. I enjoy soccer with my kids and spending weekends with my family.
“Thuing is one of our more versatile employees who is able to wear many hats from saw operator all the way through installation.” Pete
25 years at Ivey Lane
27 years in the industry
Prior to starting Ivey Lane, Pete and I worked together for another company in the stone industry. Before taking the position of Installation/Scheduling Manager, Tommy was Ivey Lane’s Lead Installer.
My wife, Madeline, and I have been married for 43 years. We have four children-two daughters and two sons. We have one granddaughter and two grandsons.
I enjoys playing with my grandchildren and my dog. I enjoy gardening and when time allows woodworking is a special enjoyment.
“Tommy is one of those construction guys who knows something about every aspect of construction.” Pete
18 years at Ivey Lane
My interests are my wife and daughter, the loves of my life. I also have two sisters and a brother. My hobby is gardening tomatoes and other vegetables in my backyard. Being outside tending to my garden is a real joy to me.
I am from Vietnam and have been in the U.S. for nineteen years. I am thankful for the opportunity to live in this country.
“Tuii comes in every day with a huge smile and is always ready to do whatever it takes to make our customers happy.” Pete
12 years at Ivey Lane
I have four children, one uncle and two cousins here. I came to the U.S. on June 26, 2002. My first job was in a restaurant where I worked in the morning and attended GTCC in the afternoon. I joined Ivey Lane on September 6, 2006 and love working here and all the people I work with. I thank God for bringing me here and how Ivey Lane has helped me.
I love my family and our church. unfortunately, my people back in Vietnam do not have a church but worship at home. It is sometimes not easy for them. I ask that people pray for my Montagnard people back in Vietnam.
“Due to his faith, Yrauk fled Vietnam and was granted asylum in the U.S. He worked hard to establish himself, gain an education and eventually all his family joined him. He was able to gain U.S. citizenship. He loves his country and is very thankful to be here.” Pete
Noisette “Ziggy” Smith
Fabricator and Installer
3 years at Ivey lane
23-year industry experience
I have two children, a son and a daughter. I grew up in the DC area and was the starting running back in high school. Our team might be best known as an opponent of T.C. Williams high school, of the “Remember The Titans” movie fame. I also played several musical instruments but ultimately chose football to attend NC A&T here in Greensboro.
Whether you are a homeowner with a simple project, or a builder with larger, more complex needs, we can help you measure, design, and complete your project using natural stone or engineered materials. We have many samples available in our showroom, and you are welcome to bring your wood, fabric, or paint swatches with you to find the perfect match. Please call 336-230-0062 to schedule your appointment today!
After you choose the color and type of material you want to use, selecting your edge detail(s) and sink(s) are two important components to your project. We have samples of all of our edge details in our showroom, but the profile drawings and pictures below might assist you in your selection.
We purchase the majority of our stones from the these local suppliers:
Granite, Marble, Quartzite, Aurea Stone Quartz, Zeal Quartz, Caesarstone, Quartz, Sapienstone Porcelain
8719 West Market St.
Greensboro, NC 27409
Sat: 8am-12pm by appointment
Granite, Marble, Quartzite, Cosmos Quartz
4300 Federal Dr.
Greensboro, NC 27410
Sat: 9:00am-1pm by appointment
Granite, Marble, Quartzite, Quartz, Porcelain
151 Peddycord Park Dr.
Kernersville, NC 27284
Sat: 9am-1pm by appointment
Granite, Marble, Quartzite, Lucastone Evolution Quartz and THIN Porcelain
1070 NC Highway 66 South, Suite A
Kernersville, NC 27284
Sat: 9am-1pm by appointment
We also use the following suppliers in Raleigh & Charlotte:
501 S. New Hope Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
4801 Trademark Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
300 Dominion Drive, Suite 100
Morrisville, NC 27560
511 Hinton Oaks Blvd.
Nightdale, NC 27545
8004 Winchester Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
5101 Nelson Road
Morrisville, NC 27560
4205 Global St. STE 100
Raleigh, NC 27610
10404 Granite Street
Charlotte, NC 28273
1440 Westinghouse Blvd, Suite A
Charlotte, NC 28273
300 Forsyth Hall Drive, Suite F
Charlotte, NC 28273
1108 Continental Blvd, Suite F
Charlotte, NC 28273
2116 Hawkins Street
Charlotte, NC 28203
10350-G Nations Ford Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28273
5032 Sirona Dr. Suite 500
Charlotte, NC 28273
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Directions to Ivey Lane
From Greensboro, take Wendover Avenue/Hwy 70 East toward Burlington. Pass Moses Cone Hospital. Once crossing Huwy 29, go approximately 2.2 miles. Three buildings of the GTCC campus will be on the left and an Exxon station is on the right. Take a right at the stoplight onto Burlington Road. Take the first left onto Ward Road. Cross over the railroad tracks, Ivey Lane is the first building on the left – 103 Ward Road.
From Hwy 40/85, take new exit 44 marked To 70. Go 3.1 miles. At the end of the exit ramp, merge right onto Hwy 70/Wendover Avenue heading West toward Greensboro. Go 1.4 miles, take a left at stoplight onto Burlington Road. Take the first left onto Ward Road. Cross over the railroad tracks, Ivey Lane is the first building on the left – 103 Ward Road.
Set an Appointment
In order to give each project and customer the individual attention they deserve, we ask that you schedule an appointment. Our experienced designers can help bring your vision to life. Call us at 336-230-0062 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment.
What to Bring
In order for the our team to help you create the perfect stone solution for your project, the following items are helpful to bring with you.
- Drawings, layouts and/or pictures of your designs
- If you have measurements from a builder or architect, these are useful at the start of the project. We will still need to complete precise measurements at the job site, but initial measurements can help guide selections.
- If you are replacing your existing cabinetry, bring a sample of your cabinet if possible.
- Samples of flooring, paint or other materials that will be surrounding or in the same room as your stone
We look forward to meeting you and learning about your project.
Marble, granite, and quartz aren’t just for countertops. Stone is timeless, yet also versatile enough that it can make a great addition to any room. Whether your style is modern, traditional, stone accents will complement your home. Ivey Lane has helped homeowners achieve a unique look with many of the following small projects:
- Tabletops for dining, coffee, or side tables
- Wet bars
- Accents for outside kitchens and patios
- Accents for recreation rooms
Ivey Lane has an extensive remnant yard that offers a wide selection of colors and sizes that are perfect for smaller pieces. Since our materials are located outside, we recommend that you come on a clear day so that you will see the stone available in accurate color and you won’t get drenched in the process.
We’re ready to listen to your vision for your project and offer ideas and guidance to make it a reality. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!
The entrance to your business creates an initial impression and provides an opportunity to convey your brand to both current and potential customers. Outdoor and indoor entrance ways can welcome customers and set the tone for their experience. Ivey Lane has experience working with architects, building contractors, real estate developers, and business owners to create beautiful and durable granite and quartzite signage.
Granite and Quartzite Signage
Your signage can include custom logos and branding for:
- Outdoor monument signs
- Outdoor and indoor wall signs
- Lobby signage
- Indoor transaction desks or counters
- Floor inlays
Signage for a Variety of Commercial Customers
The Ivey Lane team has experience working with a wide range of customers, including:
- Corporate office parks
- Commercial buildings
- Residential subdivisions
- Golf courses
- Retail complexes
Discover the Ivey Lane Advantage
The Ivey Lane team helps each client customize signage to best meet their needs. We can help you plan for the best size, color, and design to meet your goals. Contact us for more information or a quote today.
The fireplace is a focal point of your living room or family room. The material you choose for a fireplace surround and hearth can make a design statement that reflects your unique personality and the distinctive style of your home.
Ivey Lane offers help with design as well as complete crafting and installation of your fireplace hearth and surround. Whether you desire a sleek, modern look or a more classic appearance, we can help you discover the best surface for your fireplace.
Marble – Marble can take on a formal, traditional look or add a cool tone to a modern decor, depending on the style of the surround or hearth. This natural stone offers timeless, luxury and a pattern of veins and swirls that are unique to every slab.
Granite – Like marble, each piece of granite contains a one-of-a-kind design. Both natural stones offer the heat resistance needed for a fireplace. Granite also comes in a wide array of colors, from light to dark, and can complement a variety of styles.
Ivey Lane works with customers to determine the finish of the edge and the polish of each fireplace project. Contact us today to discuss your fireplace project.
The professionals at Ivey Lane have years of experience in bathroom renovations. If you’ve got a vision for what your perfect bathroom looks like, our team can help bring that vision to reality!
Some of our most-requested projects are custom bathroom renovations. On any given day, you might find us involved with bathroom projects, including:
- Wall Caps
- Bench Seats
- Tub Decks
- Shower Walls
For budget-friendly smaller projects, customers can check our remnant yard for small pieces of quartz and granite that are perfect for small vanity tops and the like.
We proudly offer a wide variety of materials to match each customer’s individual style and practical needs. Some of the choices you can pick from include:
Each material has its own personal charm and purpose. For example, marble is a popular option for a classic look, while quartz countertops provide a low-maintenance, modern style that is on the rise among renovators today. Our team can help you pick the right materials for your project and help simplify the renovation process.
If you select marble or granite for finishes in your bathroom, don’t forget to care for them properly in order to benefit from their longevity. It’s extremely important to have these vanities sealed with our 15 year performance warrantied sealer, which is applied by our Drytreat accredited applicator.
Let us help you create the bathroom of your dreams. Contact us today to discuss your vision.
Modern kitchens are more central in home designs than ever. We don’t just cook in them, anymore—it’s where we gather with family and friends and guests. Beautiful custom countertops and surfaces are one of the most important ways to create a distinctive and attractive space that everyone in your home will notice and appreciate. We know you are making a significant investment in your home’s value and creating a space you will want to enjoy every day. At Ivey Lane, we want you to love the process of choosing the kitchen countertops that are right for you as much as you will love spending time in your new kitchen.
Kitchen Surfaces and Enhancement Options
Ivey Lane’s most popular surfaces and enhancements for your new kitchen include:
- granite, marble, quartzite and engineered stone surfaces
- finish options and decorative edges
- sinks, inlays, drain boards and backsplashes
We help our customers concentrate on aesthetic and functional questions. How do you want your kitchen to look and feel? How do you want to use this space? Finding a look you love and that you enjoy using every day is what your vision should be all about. Answering those questions will make you confident that you are choosing surfaces and options that align with your style, day-to-day needs, and budget.
Our Kitchen Countertop Process
If this is your first time purchasing custom countertops, or if you have been doing research online, you may have noticed that our industry and the selection process is a little unusual, or maybe even confusing.
The process basically has five steps.
- We begin with a consultation to answer all your questions, look at options that match your style and needs, and finalize a vision for your new kitchen.
- Next is the procurement phase where the actual stone slabs for your new kitchen are selected.
- After that, the space has to be measured precisely.
- The countertops are then cut to our precise templates and dimensions and sanded to achieve the perfect finish you have selected.
- Finally, we install your new kitchen countertops and enhancements.
Your new kitchen is going to be one of the most beautiful and important parts of your home. Whether you have been dreaming of new countertops for years, or you are just beginning to imagine what’s possible, we are ready to guide you through the entire process with confidence and deliver countertops you will enjoy day after day, year after year.
Residential Spaces & Surfaces
Creating a customer experience that reflects your brand is important in the retail business. Natural stone can add warmth, sophistication, and beauty to retail stores. Whether you want to reflect a modern brand or appeal to a more traditional market, stone can help convey stability and beauty.
Consider some of the many ways granite, marble, quartz, porcelain and quartzite can enhance your store’s environment:
- Entries and door frames
- Walls or wall inlays
- Floors or floor inlays
The benefits of stone go beyond aesthetics; stone is also durable enough to hold up to high traffic areas. Clothing, jewelry, and furniture stores are just a few of the many retail clients who choose to invest in stone.
The Ivey Lane team has experience working with architects, designers, builders, and retail property owners. We help make each retail space unique. Contact us today to discuss your retail project.
Finding a countertop material that is both stylish and durable is essential for restaurants and bars for creating an inviting environment for customers while also making a wise and lasting investment. Natural stone, such as granite, marble, porcelain and quartzite, as well as quartz, are all materials that are fashionable and able to withstand high traffic. Beautiful, high-quality countertops can provide elegance for restaurants and a solid, sturdy feel for bars.
Stone Products for Restaurants
Ivey Lane assists restaurant and bar owners, and country clubs with selection and installation of a wide variety of stone products, including marble, granite, porcelain, quartzite, and quartz. Applications include:
- Bar Tops
- Bathroom sinks, countertops, and accents
- Accents for foyers and walls
Beauty and Durability for Any Style
With hundreds of colors and styles of stone available, owners and managers can find the perfect solution for nearly any commercial application. Ivey Lane Professionals can help you achieve a unique style for your commercial space. Stone countertops and tabletops offer many benefits, including.
- Incredibly durable
- Scratch and stain resistant
- Heat resistant
- Easy to clean
- Easy to care for
- Elegant and stylish
Complete Project Coordination
The Ivy Lane team has extensive experience coordinating projects for restaurants and bars. Whether you are preparing to open a new establishment, expanding, or remodeling your current space, we can offer guidance and coordination from the very start. Ivy Lane can assist with:
- Project planning
- Consultation with architects, interior designers, and contractors
- Guidance on material and color selections
We help restaurant and bar owners develop a project schedule that will meet deadlines and result in the least possible disruption to the business.
Contact us for more information or a quote for your restaurant or bar today!
Office and Professional Countertop Installation
If you are developing an office, reception area, showroom or other professional space, it is important to choose countertops and design accents that align with your style and functional needs. The team at Ivey Lane can help you realize your vision, from procuring high-quality, locally-sourced materials to providing expert fabrication and installation.
The Right Material for the Job
Whether you are designing a reception area for your hotel or creating desk spaces for your office, you want to ensure that you choose the right material for the job. Not all materials are suited for every application. At Ivey Lane, we offer a wide range of options to fit your needs.
Want to know what material is right for the job? Check out our guide to understanding the surface options offered at Ivey Lane.
More than Countertops
Countertops are just one way our materials can help beautify your professional space. Your design can incorporate natural stone in many creative ways, including:
- High End Furniture Tops
- Mantels and Hearths
- Trim Work and Inlays
Our 10,000 square foot fabrication site houses a state-of-the-art CNC machine that allows us to craft highly-customized pieces for nearly any kind of application you can imagine.
Our team is not only trained to take you through every step of the process from design to installation, but they are excited to help you create a space that will leave a lasting impression on you and the clients that visit your space. With over 25 years of experience installing countertops, we have become experts at delivering exceptional results that are on time and on budget.
Let us bring your vision to life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
The Importance of Sealing Your Countertops
While engineered surface countertops typically don’t require any form of sealing due to the fact that they’re made from a stone and resin composite, natural countertops do need to be sealed if you wish to preserve their beauty and extend their longevity.
Because countertops see daily wear and tear, and each type of natural stone countertop varies in porosity and may require additional amounts of sealant, we highly recommend having this job done by professionals who know the ins and outs of the sealing process. Our team of experts at Ivey Lane are ready to help!
Our quality sealant:
- Enhances the counter’s natural beauty.
- Helps resist stains from food or drink.
- Ensures easy cleaning of your counters.
- Prolongs the life of your countertops.
Once your counters are sealed, you’ll want to take good care of maintaining your investment by remembering the following tips:
- Wipe them daily with a dry cloth to prevent dust build up.
- Disinfect at least once a week with a non-abrasive cleaning agent to disinfect areas where you frequently handle food.
- Be sure to clean up spills or stains immediately to avoid set-in stains or tarnishing.
When shopping for the perfect sink for your kitchen or bathroom, there are several things to consider before making a purchase: materials and style. There are so many options available on the market when it comes to sinks, that you may feel overwhelmed just thinking about it. We’re here to help make the process easier! Check out our breakdown of sink materials and styles to get an idea of what will work best for you.
Some of the more popular materials used to make sinks today are stainless steel, granite composite, quartz composite, cast iron, and fireclay.
Stainless Steel sinks are extremely popular! Some of the benefits of going with stainless steel are:
- Available in a variety of installation types, so it’s extremely versatile
- Good resistance to heat and staining
Granite Composite sinks are wonderful for looking like they are made from natural stone. Some of the main benefits of choosing this type of sink are:
- Extremely durable
- Beautiful aesthetic quality
- Some of the longest-lasting sinks on the market
No longer limited by the traditional choices of stainless steel, porcelain or cast iron, homeowners who choose composite sinks enjoy benefits such as:
- Scratch and chip resistant
- Does not support bacteria growth
- Uniform color throughout
- Heat resistant up to 530 degrees F
- Multiple color options
Cast Iron sinks come in a large variety of styles and colors, giving you lots of options on a look that’s just right for your space. Some of the big benefits of going with a cast iron sink are:
- Very tough/solid
- Easy to clean and doesn’t show water spots
Fireclay sinks come in a large offering of styles and sizes, have been more recently popularized in the form of farmhouse sinks. Some fireclay sink benefits include:
- Many style options available
- They go through a rigorous process to mold the enamel to the clay, increasing the overall strength of both materials in the finished product
- They have a timeless look
Once you know what type of material you want your sink to be, it’s time to choose which style you like best! Some of the most common styles options are single bowl, double bowl, and farmhouse style.
A single bowl sink features just one basin, and offers the following benefits:
- Great for smaller spaces because it’s often very compact
- Boasts a deeper basin because it’s only the one basin, making it great for washing larger pots and pans
- Makes for an easy clean up because of its smaller size
A double bowl sink features two basins, and is typically more desired than a single bowl sink for the following reasons:
- Allows for the separation of dirty and clean dishes
- Makes for easier washing of dishes
- Bowl sizes/depths can either be matching, or you can choose one to be deeper or larger than the other, etc.
Farmhouse sinks have been growing in popularity for awhile now. Also known as apron front sinks, they give a sophisticated country flare to your space. Some of the benefits of this style sink are:
- Available in both single or double basins
- Available in a variety of materials, like stainless steel and engineered surfaces
- Works well in both modern and rustic decor
- Farmhouse sinks must be installed prior to counter top templating
Quartz, Porcelain and other Engineered Surfaces
If you love the look of natural stone, yet desire something that requires less upkeep, then an engineered surface may be a good fit for you! Quartz, sintered stone and porcelain are three examples of stone that is commonly used in engineered surfaces.
What’s the Difference?
While natural stone countertops are cut directly from granite, marble, or types of stone, engineered surfaces are created from a combination of quartz crystals and a resin binder that helps to hold everything together. When it comes to appearances, your guests may not be able to tell your engineered surface from a natural stone surface.
Advantages of Engineered Surfaces
Engineered Surfaces offer several benefits, including:
- Easy to clean
- Are not porous, so they won’t absorb liquids making them resistant to mold or mildew
- Do not need to be sealed
- Because they are engineered, they are more consistent in hue. That makes for a nice cohesive look across the entire countertop
- Very durable and heat resistant, however cannot tolerate a high degree of heat-no higher than a maximum of 150 degrees
Engineered Surface Applications
You can use an engineered surface almost anywhere you can use a natural stone surface. Ivey Lane has experience crafting and installing various engineered surfaces for the following areas:
- Kitchen countertops
- Bathroom vanities
- Restaurant countertops, bars, and table tops
- And more
Engineered Surface Care
Caring for a quartz or porcelain engineered surface is fairly easy. For the most part, you simply want to focus on avoiding any kind of abrasive cleaner when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your counters. The following basic cleaning guidelines will help you maintain your engineered surfaces –
- Use a soft cloth and mild dishwashing detergent to wipe up fresh spills.
- For dried or stuck-on stains, try using a glass cleaner with a non-abrasive sponge.
- If you’re dealing with something that’s caked on, like grease or paints from your little one’s arts and crafts, keep a putty knife handy to softly scrape away the mess.
- Remember, wipe your surface down daily.
Additional care and maintenance can be found on each manufacturer’s website.
Quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that resembles marble in appearance and is harder than marble and granite. Quartzite countertops, backsplashes, and vanities offer strength, beauty, and durability.
Many homeowners confuse quartzite with quartz, which is an engineered countertop fabricated from loose quartz and synthetic materials. Quartzite, on the other hand, is a metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. It is extracted from a quarry and formed into slabs.
The color of quartzite generally ranges from white to gray. Some quartzite slabs that were exposed to specific minerals during formation may have other color hues.
You can maintain the natural beauty of your quartzite countertops with these care tips.
- Like all natural stones, quartzite should be sealed to protect against stains.
- Do not use abrasives or cleaners with a vinegar or citrus base. Acidic cleaners can slowly break down sealants, making the stone dull and vulnerable to stains.
- Wipe down countertops daily with a damp cloth and a drop or two of mild detergent.
- If stains do occur, you can remove them with a commercial poultice or with baking soda and water mixed to the consistency of a paste. Spread a thick layer of the paste over the stain, cover with plastic wrap, wait a day or two, and then wipe clean. If there is still some staining, you can repeat the past application.
- Protect quartzite from high heat, such as a dish or pan that has just come out of the oven or off the stove.
- Use a cutting board for chopping to protect your quartzite countertop from scratches.
If you’re looking for elegance and sheen of natural stone with the advantage of a hard, durable surface, consider quartzite. The team at Ivey Lane has years of experience with all types of natural stone, including quartzite. We will guide you through your kitchen or bath project from start to finish.
If you want countertops with a beautiful, elegant sheen in a durable, natural stone, marble is a great choice. Not only does marble have a luminous quality, each piece is unique in color, hue, and veining. The individual look of a marble slab is determined by both the geographic area of origin and the amount of heat and pressure present when the marble was formed. Many homeowners like the fact that marble can give their home a truly one-of-a-kind in appearance.
Marble can be used in many different applications. Ivey Lane has experience crafting and installing marble for both large and small projects, including:
- Vanity tops
- Marble fireplace hearths and surrounds
- Marble tabletops for dining, coffee, and side tables
- Marble signs
- Restaurant countertops, bars, and tabletops
Ivey Lane highly recommends that marble be sealed after installation. Marble is a softer stone and will etch and patina with time. Honing your marble tops will minimize the appearance of etching. The following tips will help your marble maintain its beauty:
- Wipe up spills immediately to avoid stains
- Use cutting boards to prevent scratching
- Acidic food and drinks can etch marble. Avoid letting vinegar, citrus, or tomato sit on the stone.
- Avoid acidic or abrasive cleaners. Use a damp sponge and a cleaner designed for natural stone.
- If water is no longer beading on your countertop, it’s time to reseal your marble.
With proper care, marble can last a lifetime.
Our team of experts have been helping individuals choose and install granite countertops in kitchens and bathrooms for more than 20 years. If you’re looking to upgrade your space, there’s nothing like granite countertops to increase the value of your home! We offer a variety of beautiful options that are sure to match your personal style and functional needs for everyday use.
Benefits of Choosing Granite
It’s hard to beat granite when it comes to timeless style and unique design. Granite gives you that natural stone look as no two slabs are exactly alike. Some of the other benefits of granite include:
- Heat resistant
- Added value to your home
- Resistant to bacteria
- Easily repairable in the event of a chip or scratch
Our Granite Suppliers
We’re fortunate to work with some of the best granite suppliers in the business! We purchase the majority of our granite from the following local suppliers:
Level 1, Level 2 and Custom granite options are available from all of our suppliers.
Understanding Surface Options
Selecting the best surface option for your kitchen countertops, bathroom project, wet bar, or other space is an important decision, especially if it comprises a large part of your remodeling or new construction budget. Your material choice affects aesthetics, function, and durability.
At Ivey Lane, we help homeowners, business owners, restaurant managers, designers, and builders evaluate each individual project, considering a surface’s type and frequency of use, maintenance requirements, and appearance. Our team is dedicated to helping you select the best solution for your specific goals.
The following guide can help you as you consider the surface options available through Ivey Lane:
This natural stone is heat and scratch resistant, and often considered one of the most durable choices for countertops. It does need to be sealed every fifteen years to help resist stains. Of the natural stone choices, granite has a wider range of color choices.
Marble is very heat resistant. It is softer than granite, which allows for the crafting of decorative edges; however, it is susceptible to scratches. Marble must also be sealed in order to repel stains. Acidic foods and cleaners can etch marble. In terms of appearance, each piece of marble is unique in its veining pattern. Many customers appreciate the timeless and elegant appeal of marble.
Quartzite is also a natural stone and should not be confused with quartz, which is an engineered surface. Quartzite looks similar to marble in color and veining, and it is very hard and durable. Colors of quartzite typically range from white to gray; however, other color hues can be found in slabs that were exposed to specific minerals during formation.
Quartz, Porcelain and Other Engineered Surfaces
Quartz, porcelain, and other engineered surfaces often look very much like natural stone but have a more consistent pattern. Engineered surfaces are typically a mix of quartz, glass, ceramic, or other materials and a resin. These surfaces offer a wide range of color choices, and they do not need to be sealed. Engineered surfaces are excellent for resisting stains and heat.
When it comes to remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, the countertops will without a doubt be the focal point of your design. You want to be confident that you are choosing the right surface for your style, functional needs, and budget. The expert team at Ivey Lane is here to serve as your end-to-end guide through the process of selecting, designing, and installing new countertops.
Meet with an Ivey Lane countertop specialist to explore your options
The process starts with understanding the possibilities we offer for beautifying your space. With so many choices in granite, marble, quartzite, quartz, porcelain and more, the choices can seem virtually limitless. Our team of countertop specialists can help you navigate surface options and design while keeping the fundamentals in mind, aesthetics and functionality.
We offer three different pricing tiers at Ivey Lane:
- Level 1 – The least expensive, entry-level stones. Perfect for remodeling projects with a tight budget.
- Level 2 – Slightly more expensive stones than level 1.
- Custom – Anything over level 2 becomes a custom project. Our team will develop a custom layout, determine the number of slabs required, and estimate labor in order to provide you a more accurate quote. There are many variables that contribute to the pricing structure.
Visit surface suppliers and tag slabs that you like
The options don’t end once you’ve selected your material. Each piece of stone has its own unique veining and color. A sample can’t capture the diversity between each piece of material. For custom projects, you will have the opportunity to visit one of our local stone suppliers to hand-select the slab that will be used for your project.
Confirm finish details and receive a quote
For all of our clients, after you have picked your material, you will speak with a countertop specialist to choose your finishing details. While the stone itself will capture attention first, details such as edge finishes, inlays, and sealing bring the project together. We also offer a wide variety of sinks in different styles and materials to complete the look.
Once all of the details are laid out, you will receive a quote for your project by the end of day, the following business day.
Final measuring at your home or office
Before we cut your stone, our expert installation team will take final measurements of your home or office. You’ve taken a lot of time to select your materials, and in some cases the exact slab you want in your space. This step ensures that everything fits perfectly.
View your layout
We take one additional step before cutting your stone to ensure that your countertops are exactly as you envisioned. You will meet with our shop manager, Rick Rickman, who will pull the slabs into the shop and show you exactly how each piece will be laid out. This allows you to see what the veining and graining of the stone will look like after it is cut.
Fabricate, install, and finish
With the final design in hand, our in-house team handles the rest, from fabrication to installation to sealant application. We are proud of our craftsmanship and we work diligently to ensure that the finished project meets or exceeds your expectations.
Enjoy for years to come
New countertops are a long-term investment, and our team takes the time to procure the best materials possible, develop a design that matches your vision, and deliver a final product that lasts. With a little bit of routine maintenance, you will be able to enjoy your new space for years to come.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Are you ready to speak to one of Ivey Lane’s countertop specialists about your remodel? Schedule an appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What’s the difference between marble and granite; they are both stones aren’t they?
A. Here’s your answer in a nutshell. There are three main categories of stone we usually work with. Of course there are other subtypes, exotics, etc. Limestone is a calcium carbonate based stone which usually has a honed finish. Marble is basically a limestone that has undergone a change. Granite is a group of very hard, dense, igneous rocks chiefly made up of feldspar, quartz, mica, and hornblende. Granite is the most durable of the three.
Q. What material do I see on kitchen countertops?
A. Chances are it is granite. Granite is as close to an indestructible countertop as there is. It can withstand heat, wear, and liquids. However, there are instances where some marbles may be used for certain applications or in conjunction with a proper sealer.
Q. What about maintenance, cleaning, or even scratch removal?
A. For marble and limestone, use mild soap and water. Nothing acidic! You can also use number 0000-grade steel wool, denatured alcohol, and acetone. There are also various products on the market made specifically for stone (available at grocery stores and major retail stores). We use products from Stone Care International, which we also sell at our showroom.
For granite, use mild soap and water, acetone, denatured alcohol, stone cleaners, and, if necessary, number 0000-grade steel wool. Granite is much more durable than marble or limestone, and you are less likely to harm it.
Both marble and granite require sealing. Depending on the color and frequency of use, an application of Permaseal (15-year warranty, stain-proof shield) can be applied by one of our qualified staff to ensure against staining, mold, mildew and excessive water absorption.
Q. How long does it take to get my material from you?
A. Lead times are affected by many variables, including stone availability, fabrication details, etc. Generally, we can handle most requests in one and a half to two weeks, sometimes sooner. We inventory many slabs and do our own fabrication, which trims the turnaround for most jobs we produce.
Q. How do I measure what I need?
A. Unless your project is very simple and you feel confident enough to provide the exact dimensions and shape and are willing to live with the results, you should let us assist with measuring. In many cases we make a precision template to accompany your order. We provide this service and urge you to take advantage of it. If we are consulted from the very beginning, we can be sure you will get the correctly fabricated material, and we, of course, then bear that responsibility. There are often many factors overlooked when measuring for a remodeling job or even new construction. We can make sure there are no surprises by discussing possible seam locations at the time of measurement.
Q. I know stone is heavy, so what about extra support, and will it hold up?
A. We deal typically in two material thicknesses: 2 centimeters (3/4″) or 3 centimeters (1-1/4″) thickness. The 2 cm material weighs about 12 lbs per square foot, and 3 cm materials weigh 18 to 20 lbs per square foot. Yes, these materials can be heavier, but once in place in the right application, they are very long lasting and durable. Sometimes long pieces or pieces with multiple cutouts require some planning for proper support, but generally, in countertop applications, there will not be a need for extra support.
Q. What accounts for the differences in color of stone products?
A. Simply put, the coloring depends on where in the world it came from. Stone is quarried in many places in the United States and other countries, including Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, France, Italy, and others. Stone is a product of nature, not man-made, so there are differences in veining and coloring among neighboring deposits.
Q. How much is my project going to cost me?
A. No two projects are the same. At Ivey Lane, we will examine your project’s requirements and give you a quote. We work from drawings and information provided to arrive at a fair firm price as opposed to an estimate. Many factors come into play, such as material availability, slab size, material utilization, thickness, fabrication details, finish, edging, etc. The more information you can supply us up front, the more likely we are able to give you bottom-line fabricated and installed pricing.
Q. What kind of finish is available?
A. Basically, textured, honed, or polished, with polished being the most common. We can advise you if your application would be better suited for one finish over another. Amount of traffic, exposure to the elements, appearance, and other factors determine the proper finish. Polishing produces a glossy finish which brings out the full color and character of the stone. Polishing is generally not recommended for exterior use or commercial floors. A honed finish is satin smooth with little or no gloss and is often used for commercial floors.
Why Ivey Lane?
“To do business in such a way that it turns our customers into our best salespeople”. That’s the Ivey Lane mission statement. We want to start with the end in mind, work everything else backward to accomplish a single goal: making you happy. It’s a simple concept with profound implications because it’s at the heart of what we aim to accomplish day after day.
But it takes more than heart to deliver an exceptional experience. As you know, an organization is only as good as its people. Our team members are the brain, the muscle, and the bone that make it all happen. If you choose to do business with us, you will get to know some of the remarkable Ivey Lane team members along the way. From the first person you talk to on the phone to the installation and follow-up, we believe you’ll see a difference. You can start by taking a look at the Team Bios page. Visit with the front office staff but also take some time to learn about some of the unsung heroes who make it all happen. Most of our shop and install people have been doing this work for decades; they are experienced and dedicated to their craft. They are not only very good at what they do, but they are also outstanding human beings who I am very grateful to work with day in and day out.
We understand that you have many choices in choosing your countertops. We aren’t the largest fabricator, nor the one who markets and promotes the most. We are the company who has been doing this in this area the longest, but that in itself shouldn’t be the reason for choosing Ivey Lane.
We want people to choose Ivey Lane because they value the way we do business. We want them to see value in not just our products, but also our experience, knowledge, and service. We want them to be confident in our commitment to helping them find the stone, the quartz, the marble, porcelain or the quartzite that fits their space and their personality. Because it’s not about how smart we are; it’s about making you happy. That’s what we want Ivey Lane to be known for- how much we care about you and the experience you have from start to finish.
Thanks for stopping by our website. I hope you find it helpful as you research your options. However a website can only take you so far. I invite you to give us a call to discuss your important project. We would be delighted to answer your questions and have the opportunity to earn your business.
Ivey Lane Inc.
Customers throughout the Triad have relied on Ivey Lane since 1992 for the highest quality countertops, fireplaces, and other stone products. While we are proud of our fine craftsmanship, our greatest joy comes from getting to know each customer and helping them through the entire process — from project consulting and procuring the stone to cutting, finishing, and installation. Regardless of the scope and scale of your project, we want to make sure you are delighted with the total experience.
We serve a wide range of clients, including:
- Business owners
- Interior designers
You’ll discover a wide range of marble, granite, quartzite, quartz and engineered surfaces in our showroom, and we can connect you with reputable suppliers as well. Whether you have a kitchen or bath project or are looking for a more unique application of stone, we can deliver enduring quality and style designed specifically for your space and preferences.
You can count on Ivey Lane to offer guidance from experienced professionals, and our in-house team includes experts in fabrication and installation. We treat each customer as if they were our family and are happy to coordinate our work with the contractor of designer of your choice.