Natural Stone FAQ’s

Where is natural stone found?Slabs of Granite

Natural stone can be found all over the world… from Argentina to Zimbabwe. It forms in the mountains, in the plains, and in former sea beds where sediment has collected.

What is “quarrying”?

Quarrying is the process by which stone is extracted from the earth. A quarry is the location where the deposit of stone is extracted.

Why does the texture and color vary from stone to stone?

All natural stone is a product of nature and subject to variations. Characteristics such as veining and mineral deposits will affect each piece. Stone will vary from quarry to quarry and from stone to stone. All natural stone is unique. No two stones are alike.

Is natural stone a good investment?

Natural stone is a great investment! The ROI (return on investment) for remodels on kitchens and master baths is over 90 percent. Natural stone countertops are a long-lasting investment that you will enjoy for years to come and that will increase your home’s value.

What is granite?

Granite is a crystalline igneous rock composed primarily of quartz, mica and feldspar. It forms from slowly cooling magma that is subjected to extreme pressures beneath the earth’s surface.

How strong is granite?

Granite is stronger than sandstone, limestone and marble. On a scale of 1 to 10, granite would measure at a 7-8 for hardness. Even stainless steel cannot scratch its surface. It is also extremely resistant to weathering.

What are the advantages of granite?

The beauty, depth and elegance of granite cannot be matched. It’s heat resistant, nearly impossible to scratch, and will not stain under normal use with proper cleaning. Available in thousands of colors, granite is the premier choice for countertops.

Does granite require a lot of care?

Caring for granite is actually quite simple. Many products are available to care for your countertops but mild soap and water is usually sufficient for daily cleaning.

How often do I have to seal my granite countertops?

Most fabricators use a sealer that lasts 3-4 years. However, conventional sealers tend to break down with repeated use of cleaning products, particularly those that contain ammonia. A new imported sealer is on the market that claims a 10-year life span, but it is more expensive than conventional sealers.

How much does a granite countertop cost?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions, and the answer to it varies. Stone is usually quoted by the square foot, and the cost depends on several factors:

* The stone you select (Rare stones are more expensive)
* Special edges, cutouts, backsplashes or arches (adds to the cost)

Can I use regular cleaning products on my granite surfaces?

It’s usually not recommended. The chemicals contained in these cleaners can react negatively to your stone, causing some etching or making them look dull and lifeless. We recommend using products made specifically for your stone type. Check with your fabricator for specific instructions on which products to use and for sealing instructions.

What is the difference between marble and granite?

Marble is softer than granite but it is not as soft as soapstone. It is most frequently used for fireplace surrounds and vanities. Dramatic veining gives marble a distinct look. Marble is highly reactive to the acids found in vinegar, orange juice, and lemons. These acids will etch the stone and leave dull marks or rings. It should not be cut on because it scratches easily. This natural stone is best used where it won’t to be subjected to frequent use and abuse.

Granite is known for its durability, which makes it ideal for kitchen countertops and other heavily used surfaces, including tabletops and floors. It is also one of the most bacteria-resistant kitchen surfaces available. Granite is heat resistant, nearly impossible to scratch, and will not stain under normal use with proper cleaning.

Can marble be used in a kitchen?

Marble can be used in the kitchen but it is not advisable because it is highly reactive to the acids found in items such as vinegar, orange juice, and lemons. Acids can etch the stone, leave dull marks or rings, and remove the shine. It is possible to restore the shine but the process can tedious, time-consuming and expensive.