Q. I'm building a house, when should I select my stone ?
A. Once the cabinets are three to four weeks away from being installed it is a good idea to finalize your selection based on current inventory. Because natural stone has variations, it is not a good idea to select a stone too early. Colorations can vary, and the veining from one shipment to another can be quite different.
Q. Will granite weigh too much for my cabinetry ? Do I need additional cabinet supports ?
A. If your cabinets are properly installed and level, they should be adequate for most installations. Additional corner bracing may be necessary for large, self-standing islands. To ensure proper support, It is important to communicate your choice for countertop material to your cabinet installer.
Q. Can granite crack or chip ?
A. Granite can crack or chip if your cabinets are not level and set correctly or sever abuse such as slamming with a hammer. GCR will repair cracks and chips in your granite .
Q. How long will my granite countertops last ?
A. A lifetime when taken care of properly ?
Q. Do I purchase the entire slab or do I only pay per square feet ?
A. For most granite types, you will only pay for the square footage of the job. For the more expensive stones, you will have to pay for the entire slab(s).
Q. Will my countertops have seams ?
A. A typical slab size is somewhere between 7' and 10'. If your countertop exceeds that, seams would be necessary. When installed properly, seams are difficult to notice.
Q. What type of sink is best with granite countertops ?
A. Under mounted sinks are the most popular due to the ability to wipe countertops directly into the sink. Drop-in type sinks may be used as well.
Q. Can I cut on granite or do you have to use a cutting board ?
A. Granite is durable enough to cut directly on it. The biggest concern will be dulling your cutlery.
Q. What should I use to clean my granite ?
A. There are cleaning products made specifically for natural stone. However, using a mild soap and water works just as well.
Q. Can granite be used outside ?
A. The durability of granite is more than adequate for outside use. Granite is often used as stair treads, pool surrounds and grills.
Q. What is patina ?
A. Over time, the aging and use of natural stone produces smooth sheen referred to as a patina.