Can marble be used in a kitchen or bathroom?

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

I’m building a house – when should I select my stone?

Because natural stone has variations, it is not a good idea to select a stone too early. Colorations can vary, and the veining from one shipment to another can be quite different. Once the cabinets are 3-4 weeks away from being installed it is a good idea to finalize your selections.

Which type of sink is best for granite – undermount or drop-in?

This is a matter of personal preference. The ability to wipe off the counters directly into the sink and the aesthetic appeal make undermount sinks the most popular.

Is granite more expensive than man made materials?

It depends on the granite. Availability, color, and country of origin are major factors that affect the price of granite. Many colors of granite are cheaper than other stone products.

Can hot pots be placed directly on granite? What about quartz?

Yes. Placing a hot pot or pan on granite will not effect it. However, we do not recommend placing hot items directly onto quartz as it has the potential to discolor your countertops.

How far can granite extend beyond the cabinetry without additional support?

According to the Natural Stone Institute, corbels or structured support should be used when an overhang exceeds 10” for 3cm material or 6” for 2cm material.

What is involved in pricing a countertop?

There are many factors involved in pricing countertops: material cost, quantity of slabs, design and edge profile are primary considerations.

What are remnants?

Remnants are the smaller remaining pieces of stone from a previous job.

What is the difference between quartz and quartzite?

Quartz is a man-made product. Quartzite is a natural stone product and is quarried.

What product is most durable – Granite, Quartz, or Marble?

Quartz is the most durable of the three. Since it is man-made, it does not require yearly sealing as granite would and is impermeable. Barring you taking a sledgehammer to your counters, you should have many years to love your tops. Granite is a close second being that it is a rock. Although it requires sealing and is not impermeable, it is highly heat-resistant and can withstand years upon years of daily use. Marble is the least durable of the three as it is a much softer material and is susceptible to scratches and staining.