Granite FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about granite:

What information do you need to give me an estimate?
We need your contact information including name, address, phone number, and/or email address. We also need dimensions of the areas you want quoted, along with edge type (see O
ur Services for edge choices), backsplash height (if any), sink type (top mount versus undermount) and name of material (if decided). You can email, call, or simply bring in the information to our office.

Is granite expensive?
There is a common misconception that granite is extremely expensive. While granite is more expensive than laminate or related applied surfaces, if you are considering any type of solid surface, including Corian or Quartz, granite is typically comparable, and often less expensive. Call us today for a free quote.

Can I cut on my granite countertops?
Granite is hard enough to handle cutting without getting a scratch. However, granite will dull your knives in a hurry. We recommend using cutting boards for any chopping.

Can I set a hot pot or pan on my countertop?
Because granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure combined beneath the earth's crust, it cannot be affected by heat from a cook top, pot or pan. Granite is heat resistant up to almost 2,000 degrees.

Can my granite be damaged?
Everyday use of granite countertops will not damage your granite countertops, but like any solid surface, it can chip if hit by sharp, hard objects. Also, if unsealed, granite can absorb stains from oil or acidic liquids such as citrus, coffee, or vinegar. Ask us about getting your granite sealed from stains, and what cleaners are suitable for granite.

Do I have to seal my granite?

Yearly sealing recommended to keep granite from absorbing liquids and stains. Sealing is a simple do-it-yourself process. Ask us for recommendations of sealers for your granite.

What is the difference between granite and marble?

Marble is a sedimentary rock formed in layers while granite is igneous, compressed under heat and pressure over time. This means that marble is much more porous than granite, meaning that it absorbs liquids more easily than granite. While marble has an extremely elegant look, granite will be much more resistant to staining than marble.