Unfortunately, the design shows are utilizing the countertops for just that − the design. They are not thinking about the functionality and longevity of the materials. Marble, a very soft and porous surface, cannot handle the daily use a kitchen receives. Scratches and staining would always be a concern. Over time, those hairline scratches will reflect a large dull area that will have to be refinished. However some people do enjoy the aged/worn look marble can provide. Careful consideration will help decide which is right for you.
All stones have different absorbency rates. There is some granite with an absorbency rate so low it doesn’t need to be sealed. When selecting your stone, our office will advise you of this in more detail. For those that need sealer, annual application should be enough if you are using a quality sealer. Daily cleaning can be done with dishwashing detergent and warm water. You can buy specialty cleaners that may add extra stain protection or surface enhancer, but it is not necessary.
Normally, once we have completed templates, your new countertops will be installed within 7-10 business days. This schedule can vary, but we work hard to accommodate your schedule. An average installation can last one day, around 5-7 hours long.
Granite is a wonderful product with a lot of natural variation. However, this doesn’t always appeal to everyone. Under normal conditions, both granite and quartz products are maintained in a similar manner. Both scratch and heat resistant, quartz offers the color consistency that some homeowners desire. There are granites available with the same pattern and color consistency, although you will find a broader selection with a quartz surface.
You can schedule to have measurements done FREE of charge. Or for faster service, fax or email your cabinet sizes and layout for immediate pricing. Even though final decisions such as colors and sinks may not be decided, this is enough to get a workable budget established. You can provide these with simple hand drawings. Please remember to note areas such as sinks, cook top and/or bar top areas, backsplash.