Frequently asked questions about natural stone countertops
What is granite?
Granite is a common widely occurring type of rock, which is granular and crystalline in texture. Granite consists mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar. Granites can range in color from black to pink. By definition, granite is an igneous rock with at least 20% quartz by volume. Granite is always hard, tough and flexible, making it useful in a wide range of construction applications.
What is marble?
Marble is a common widely occurring type of metamorphic rock, primarily consisting of calcite and dolomite. Marble is formed by the metamorphism of limestone. Marble is typically white to gray in color. Marble often has irregular colored marks due to the presence of impurities such as clay. Marble has been used for centuries in sculptures and construction applications.
What is the difference between granite and marble?
1. Durability – Marble countertops are softer than granite countertops so they stain and scratch easier than granite countertops. Granite countertops contain quartz, so it is hard to stain or scratch and can withstand high heats that will dull marble countertops. With that said, Italians have used marble for years. The more stained, scratched, and dulled the surface, the more desirable to them!
2. The look – Marble countertops and granite countertops can look very different. Granite countertops are typically granular in nature and are considered “busy”. Marble countertops have a flow to them, not as many breaks or “busyness”.
3. Maintenance – Marble countertops need your utmost attention and care. Acids, metals, and heat are all enemies of marble. Granite countertops are stronger and need less sealing and care.
Where in the world do natural stone slabs come from?
The answer is everywhere, from Texas to Australia. The top exporters of natural stone slabs used for countertops are Brazil and Italy. Both countries buy quarried blocks from around the globe and then fabricate the blocks into slabs to be used for your countertop!
How long will natural stone countertops last?
Your granite, marble, quartzite, onyx, or limestone countertops are already thousands of years old. As long as you desire your countertops they will last.
Will natural stone countertops increase the value of my home?
Yes! Natural stone countertops are the most desired solid surface material in the market place. Most people love natural stone countertops and most realtors will tell you that not only is it easier to sell your home if you have natural stone countertops, but they increase the value of your home!
How do I best maintain my natural stone countertops?
The old rule of thumb is to never use anything you wouldn’t use on your hands. Never use powdered cleansers or abrasive pads to clean your stone. Even “soft scrub” type cleaners contain pumice, which is powdered volcanic stone, and might damage your stone countertops or floors. Never use any product which is acidic; this includes substances like ammonia or many common liquid cleaners such as Windex. You should always use sealers and cleaning products designed specifically for natural stone or simply warm soapy water.
How much do natural stone countertops cost?
Natural stone countertops vary in price due to desirability, availability, and transportation costs. The price now varies from $30/psf to $300/psf.
How long will it take me to get my new countertops?
Once we have measured your countertops and have all the information we need such as edging, color, thickness, sinks, ect. We can install your countertops 7 days from when all complete information has been collected.
Where else can I use natural stone slabs in my home?
Whatever you can imagine, we can help you achieve. Some people use natural stone slabs for wall art, fireplace surrounds, tub decks, floors, windowsills, backsplashes, and the uses go on and on.
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