Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION: Can granite be used outside?

ANSWER: Yes. There are a handful of granites that can change color when exposed to UV rays, but it is very durable and can be used outside. Granite is often used for outdoor kitchens, as pavers for driveways and walkways, as stair treads and exterior cladding on commercial buildings.

QUESTION: What are the different finishes available for my countertops?

ANSWER: The various finishes are polished, honed, leathered (or brushed) and caressed (or ice).

QUESTION: How often do you have to seal granite?

ANSWER: Always consult your installer on maintenance recommendations, however the best rule is to follow the maintenance instructions on the sealant container that is used after installation.

QUESTION: What should I use to clean my countertops?

ANSWER: The fabricator is the best resource for this information since they will warranty the installation and labor portion of any project. Different stone and hard surfaces require different maintenance techniques.

QUESTION: What is involved in pricing a countertop?

ANSWER: There are many factors involved in pricing countertops: material cost,  material quantity, design and edge profile are among primary considerations. Once you have chosen a particular stone, the fabricator will need either an accurate drawing or a field visit in order to clarify all the details. The fabricator will then provide you with a finished  installed price. The fabricator would be the most knowledgeable resource for pricing a countertop project.

QUESTION: Can you use marble in a kitchen?

ANSWER: The short answer is yes, you can use marble in a kitchen. However, because marble is susceptible to staining, scratching and etching, the use of marble in a kitchen requires careful consideration.

QUESTION: Will my countertops have seams?

ANSWER: Not necessarily. A typical slab size is somewhere between 7 and 10 feet. Therefore, your countertops may not require a seam. Many people do not have a problem with seams, but if you are concerned about them you should discuss this with your fabricator prior to fabrication. How and where it is seamed should also be discussed with the fabricator. Often the seams are so tight they are difficult to notice, however communication with the fabricator is essential in order to avoid confusion or disappointment with the outcome.

QUESTION: Should I approve my slabs before they are fabricated?

ANSWER: It is always a good idea to approve the slabs prior to fabrication. This will help to prevent surprises or disappointments once the material is installed. Slabs can be viewed at the fabrication shop prior to being cut. Make sure the variation and quality of stone is what you chose at your original selection.

QUESTION: Why do some stones have a mesh backing ?

ANSWER: Mesh backing improves the stability of the stone for shipping and fabrication. Many exotic materials would otherwise not remain intact during processing. Once these materials are installed however, they do meet the strength requirements for countertop  use.