WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GRANITE, MARBLE & QUARTZ?
Granite is a natural stone and is one of the most durable natural stone surfaces available. Marble is more of a soft natural stone, which makes it very porous. With these factors, the counters are more susceptible to scratch and stain easy. We don’t recommend marble in high usage areas. Quartz is a very durable man-made surface, with mixing 90% ground-quartz and 10% resins, polymers & pigments.
DOES GRANITE HAVE IMPERFECTIONS?
Yes, you may find pits and fissures, but this is the beauty of natural stone and all the differences and variations you find in each slab.
CAN YOU CUT DIRECTLY ON YOUR GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?
Yes, but it will dull your knives very quickly. Also, if you have marble tops, it can scratch your counters.
CAN YOU PLACE HOT POTS AND PANS ON YOUR GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?
Yes, granite can withstand high heat temperatures. But, we still recommend to always protect your tops and use a trivet – this way your tops look beautiful for many years to come.
WHAT SHOULD I CLEAN MY GRANITE COUNTERTOPS WITH?
You can find several granite cleaners in your nearest store and these are fine to use. You can also use warm & soapy water and wipe with a sponge or cloth.
DO I NEED TO SEAL MY GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?
We will seal your granite & marble countertops when we’re done with the installation (we use a 1 year sealer). Quartz will never need to be sealed. We do recommend you seal your tops every year, to keep them looking fresh and new.
WHAT IS THE THICKNESS OF MY GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?
Standard thickness is usually 3cm or 1-1/4”
WILL THE SAMPLES MATCH THE ACTUAL SLAB I GET INSTALLED?
Since natural stone varies, it may be close but never exact.Every color/pattern vary from each block and lot they are quarried from.We do recommend going to the slab warehouse to view the slabs or we can e-mail you pictures, whichever you prefer.
WILL THERE BE A SEAM IN MY GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?
We do our best to avoid seams at all times, but, if the tops are too big and the slabs are not big enough, we will put a seam(s) in.We make sure to place it in a location(s) to be as unnoticeable as possible.
SHOULD I APPROVE SLABS BEFORE FABRICATION?
Yes, we do recommend that, this way you can view what you’re getting.Not all people choose to do so, which is fine as well.We do make sure to choose the best quality of slab(s) for your counters.You can view them at the granite slab warehouse or at our fabrication location.
CAN I MIX DIFFERENT COLOR STONES FOR MY COUNTERTOPS?
Absolutely!You can choose one color for the kitchen perimeter and then another color for the island.It’s all up to the customer and what look you are going for.
WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR BAR-TOPS AND OVERHANGS?
For jobs that have a bar-top or overhang, corbels or supports may be needed.If they are required, we will advise this during template time.They will need to be installed prior to countertop installation.
CAN GRANITE COUNTERTOPS CHIP, CRACK & STAIN?
Chips & Cracks – Yes, this is possible with excessive abuse – banging, hitting, settling, etc.If this does happen, we will send a specialist to come out and repair the tops.Stains – Yes, if there is a stain, please give us a call and we’ll see if we can help you over the phone of what to do.If not, we will send a specialist out there to see if we can repair it.