Frequently Asked Questions

Are granite countertops expensive?

Not really! The cost of granite starts at $40 per square foot. This cost is significantly less than the cost of solid surface materials.

Does granite or marble stain?

In general, no and especially not if the stone is sealed properly. All stone is porous to some degree, but neither granite nor marble has an extremely high porosity level. However, some unsealed colors will show moisture spots if exposed for long periods of time. For example, a puddle of water left on a counter for 30 minutes or more will show moisture on an unsealed stone until the spot completely dries.

Will my stone look like the samples on the website?

The samples you see have been scanned and saved with digital software. Variations in computer systems, monitors and software may cause the sample colors to vary. In addition, no two pieces of granite or marble are exactly the same. These stones are a natural material with variations in color, tone, granularity, pattern, etc., being a source of its natural beauty.

Can you easily scratch granite or marble?

Granite can only be scratched with specially sharpened tools designed to work with granite (such as tungsten and diamond bit tools). Proper sealing also greatly assists in preventing scratches. Polished marble is most susceptible to scratches and should not be used in kitchens. However, polished marble works very well in bathroom environments.

Will granite or marble chip or crack?

It would be highly unusual for either granite or marble to chip or crack after installation is completed. Both granite and marble are very durable to normal use.

Does the use of granite or marble result in seams?

Yes. Granite and marble are distributed in rectangular pieces that require the creation of seams during installation. The visibility of seams depends on the granularity, color and pattern utilized. A small grain or a dark color will result in less visible seams. We have found that most customers feel the beauty and richness of the stones far outweighs any concerns about the seams.

Does heat affect granite?

No. You can’t burn it with ordinary use. You can take a hot pan out of the oven and set it directly on the granite. It’s a natural trivet.
Is this a long process?

Where do I select my granite?

We will determine your needs and send you to one of our many trusted suppliers. They will have hundreds of slabs to choose from. Their experienced staff will show you around and answer any questions you might have, helping to ensure the product you choose will meet the needs you have for your granite counters.
Is granite expensive?

In recent years, granite, quartz, and marble prices have dropped substantially making them more affordable than ever. From our years of experience, we have learned that the quality of less expensive natural stone can be as good as the quality of more expensive stone. What this means for you is that there has never been a better time to replace granite for your kitchen counter tops or to incorporate a granite vanity into your bathroom. We can help you select the right product, at the right price, to meet your budget requirements.

How long can I expect my countertops to last?

Your countertops can be expected to last decades or even centuries because natural stone and quartz products are so hard. You can expect a lifetime of enjoyment from your granite or quartz counter tops.

Do I need to worry about radiation in my countertops?

Studies have been conducted that prove that this should not be a concern. We can provide that information to ease your concerns about granite counters and vanity tops.

Can you easily scratch granite or marble?

Granite can only be scratched with specially sharpened tools designed to work with granite (such as tungsten and diamond bit tools). Proper sealing also greatly assists in preventing scratches. Polished marble is most susceptible to scratches and should not be used in kitchens. However, polished marble works very well in bathroom environments.

Will granite or marble chip or crack?

It would be highly unusual for either granite or marble to chip or crack after installation is completed. Both granite and marble are very durable to normal use.

Do I choose granite or quartz?

Whether you choose granite or quartz countertops, the choice is yours. We work with both granite and quartz products. Both are great products and make a great choice for your countertops, and both have their advantages and disadvantages. There are many more choices available with granite, as there are hundreds of materials to choose from. Granite has more movement (beautiful colors and patterns in the stone itself) than quartz. Granite is a natural product while quartz is partially man made. We can work with you to determine the product that best fits your needs and budget.

Do I have to seal my natural stone countertop?

Most natural stone countertops require sealing; however, many of our natural stock granites do not. You should know though that sealing is a relatively easy process that simply involves a liquid and a cloth. We supply our customers with a sealing regimen that is custom-suited for their particular countertop. In most cases, you will need to seal every 6 months or once a year; however, in the case of an extra light-colored granite, sealing may be necessary once a month.

Should I purchase my sinks and faucets before having my countertop installed?

Yes! we will not create your custom template without you first purchasing your sink and faucet and having them on site. However, you need not have your sink and faucet actually installed before template.

What is the best natural stone for a kitchen countertop that will be heavily used?

Granite is the natural stone best suited for kitchen countertops. Granite resists heat, will not react with citric acid, coffee, tea, alcohol, or wine, and it is very resistant to bacteria.
 
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