FAQs: Granite & Marble Countertops

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which would be better for my Kitchen Countertop- Granite or Marble?

– Granite countertops fit well into almost any design, be it traditional or modern. It is the most widely used material for countertops because of its durability and resistance to stain and scratching.

Marble, on the other hand, is known for its timelessness and elegance. Its appearance make it ideal for classic, elegant kitchens. It is, however, a much softer stone compared to granite. It also requires proper sealing every 2 years.

2. How do I get a quotation?

– You may send your sketch thru fax (415-0597) or via e-mail (saintmarkcs@yahoo.com). Include the following in your drawn plan:

    • Material to be used
    • Final and complete measurements of the project (include the height of the Splashboard and Riser, if there are any)
    • No. of Holes required
    • Edge Profile
    • Site Location

Also, you may call us at 416-2426 to schedule a free estimate of your project on site.

3. Do I need to be on site when the new countertop is installed?

– Yes, decisions are often need to be made regarding the final installation that only you (or your representative) can make. Also, we require final payment for the countertop upon completion of installation. You, or your representative, will want to inspect the final product before giving the payment.

4. Will there be visible joints/seams on my countertop?

– Due to the limitation of slab size, seams on a lengthy kitchen countertop are often necessary and sometimes unavoidable. A good place to incorporate seams is near sinks or cook tops. This will help to cover most of the seam, leaving a minimum amount in view. The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color and pattern of the stone.

During layout and design, we always try to minimize the number of joints required and locate them in places that are as unobtrusive as possible. Our installers are trained to color match the jointing adhesive to help reduce their appearance.

5. Does granite stain?

– In general, no. All stones, however, are porous to some extent. Granite has very little porosity. A few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact compared to others. For example, a puddle of water left on the counter, for some colors, may show a dark spot when the water is wiped away. Usually, no evidence remains once the liquid is removed and the granite dries. A stone sealer is highly recommended for all granite after installation. Some stones are more porous than others, so it is important to use a penetrating sealer to prevent stains from oil, wine or other liquids from soaking into the surface.

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