Frequently Asked Questions

Should I use marble in my kitchen?

A: Marble is a beautiful addition to any kitchen. While it may require additional maintenance to prevent scratches or stains, it is a statement piece worthy of any kitchen.

 

Will my countertops be a seamless slab?

A: This is entirely depends on the size of the countertop being installed and the slab it is being cut from. If you are worried about seams, discuss this with the fabricator prior to anything being cut. Should seams be required, you and the fabricator can determine the best locations for these seams.

Most seams will not be visible, but some seams – such as those in granite – will be visible. This is because the color and pattern of granite make it difficult to match exactly when seams are required. Generally speaking, the visibility of the seams (when they are needed) will depend on the stone’s design. Large unique non-repetitive designs will have more obvious seams than designs that appear continuously throughout the stone.

 

Will the slab be the same as my sample?

A: Granite is a natural stone formation and varies from one slab to the next. It is advised to choose a slab in our showroom before selecting it for fabrication.

 

Is it recommended to approve the granite slabs before being fabricated?

A: We strongly encourage you to approve the chosen slab before fabrication to avoid any delays or misunderstandings.

 

Is it okay to put hot pans on granite?

A: Granite is heat-resistant, meaning that placing a hot pot on top of your granite countertop will not cause it to burn or stain.

 

How far can the granite be extended beyond the cabinetry before needing additional support?

A: The Marble Institute of America recommends supports be used when the countertop exceeds six inches for 2cm granite, or ten inches for 3cm granite.

 

How do we minimize the number of countertop seams?

A: By keeping your countertops within the 110” x 66” size, you should need a few seams. Some slabs may reach 120”, but large islands or countertops will need seams to be properly fabricated. Uniquely shaped countertops may also need seams for the pieces to properly fit together in the template. The best way to avoid too many seams in your countertop is to look at slabs that are large enough to easily fit into your countertop template.

 

Which is more expensive: marble or granite?

A: Both stones are affordable and durable – some simply prefer the look or feel of one over the other. Their price is dependent on the actual stone being considered. Natural stones have a wide variety of pricing dependent upon the color, origin, and overall quality of the stone.

 

What is a remnant?

A: Remnants are a perfect place to start if you are wanting a small countertop installed. A remnant is any stone leftover from a previous job that can be used in various applications, depending on the size of the remnant.

 

Is countertop installation something I can do myself?

A: The entire process of fabricating and installing countertops requires very specific machinery and knowledge. As such, cutting, polishing, and installing any countertop should be left to professionally trained workers.

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