HOT TOPIC – RADON INFORMATION
Q: Why use granite as countertops?
A: Granite is composed primarily of quartz, feldspar, and mica. It is one of the hardest materials on earth. When used as a countertop material, it is resistant to scratches, acids, stains, and heat. It is long-lasting, durable, and available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and unique crystal patterns that create a warm and inviting environment for your kitchen.
Q: Why use marble as vanity tops?
A: Marble is made up of calcite. It works beautifully, especially in the bathroom where the veining patterns and colors that appear can be used to create exquisite designs. It is sensitive to acidic foods such as vinegar, lemon, tomatoes, and wine.
Q: Why is my countertop color not consistent?
A: Granites are quarried in large blocks that are cut into slabs. These slabs are then fabricated into your countertops. Because each block and each slab are different, your countertop is unique.
Q: How can I select a countertop?
A: Select your color first, then select your edge profile. There are many edge treatments to choose from, but generally, a rounded or beveled edge is more resistant to chipping than a squared edge. The more complex the edge treatment, the more expensive it is.
Q: Which shall I choose, marble and granite or synthetics?
A: Marble and granite are far more valuable than synthetics. No man-made surface can matched the depth and character of natural stone. It does not depreciate with time and adds value to your home.
Q: Do marble and granite require special care?
A: They are easy to maintain. Warm water, mild dishwashing liquid, and a soft cloth cleans up most spills on both surfaces. Granite is a worry-free surface, durable, and stain-resistant. Marble does have a softer, less stain-resistant surface. It is especially susceptible to damage from citric acids, alcohols and oils. With proper care, its beauty will last for generations.
Q: How can I remove stains?
A: Common stains are as follows: Oil-based:
Use a soft liquid cleanser with household detergent, acetone, or ammonia. Organic:
Outdoors: normal exposure to sun and rain will generally bleach out the stains. Indoors: clean with a 12% hydrogen peroxide solution and a few drops of ammonia. Metal:
Metal stains must be removed with poultice. Ink:
Use hydrogen peroxide for light colors and acetone for dark stones. Paint:
Use a razor blade for small amounts. Heavy paint should be removed with a commercial-grade liquid paint stripper, but it can etch the surface of the stone. Repolishing may be necessary.
Q: How can I take out scratches?
A: Light scratches: use dry 0000 steel wool. Deeper scratches should be repaired and repolished by a professional.
Q: Why is there white powder on the surface of my countertop after installation?
A: It is caused by water carrying mineral salts from below the surface of the stone rising through the stone as it evaporates. When the water evaporates, it leaves the powdery substance. Use a dust mop or a vacuum cleaner. You may have to do it several times as the water dries out.
Q: If I buy materials from you, can you just do the installation for me?
A: Yes! Our Installation Department has a team of experienced professionals whom can meet your needs. Check our Installation Department for more information.