Is it necessary to seal stone?
One of the myths outside the tile and stone industry is that granite is difficult to maintain. This could not be further from the truth. Regardless of the type of stone you choose, we seal your stone twice – once before we fabricate and again after the installation. With granite, the sealer only rides on the microscopic pores of the stone. It does not penetrate the stone the way a wood varnish seeps into the wood. We will guide you through any maintenance requirements prior to your final product selection, thus ensuring you get the right product for the right application.
What should I consider when purchasing a natural stone countertop?
It is important to understand that industry-wide granite is the benchmark of performance and longevity for all countertop materials. Put quite simply there is no other product that offers the strength, durability and beauty of granite. When sealed and properly maintained, granite is impervious to stains, it is heat resistant and is impossible to scratch.
Will cutting on my granite countertop scratch the granite?
No, it will however ruin your knives.
Can I set hot pans on my granite?
Yes, granite that is 3cm or 1 ¼” thick is dense enough to absorb the heat shock of a frying pan or dish from the oven.
What is the best way to care for my natural stone countertops?
We recommend using a clear liquid biodegradable soap as a universal cleaner for all natural stones.
Aren't granite countertops expensive?
Years ago granite countertops were considered a luxury item. Today with the advancements in stone fabrication as well as logistics from foreign countries the cost of bringing granite to the market has dropped considerably. Granite has now become a standard offering in most American homes. When one considers the “value added” aspect of choosing granite countertops the choice becomes clear. In the Pacific Northwest of the 35 most common home improvement projects, adding granite countertops yields the highest return on investment. Basement Remodel – 76.4% Bathroom Remodel – 75.1% Deck Addition/Creating Outdoor Living Space – 82% Major Kitchen Remodel – 76% Minor Kitchen Remodel i.e. New Granite Countertops – 91.5% Remember that we are here to help guide you through the right material choice for your particular project. We will dispel all your concerns when making a product selection.