How is granite formed?
Granite is an igneous rock of visible crystalline formation and texture. It is composed primarily of feldspar, quartz, and mica. It starts off as liquid magma deep within the earth’s core where it is cooled and compressed over millions of years under tons of pressure. It is then quarried, cut and polished. After that process it can be applied in various ways like kitchen countertops, vanity tops, fireplace surrounds as well as Jacuzzi surrounds and other custom designs.
How much does granite weigh?
One square foot of 1 1/4″ thick granite usually weighs 16-18 lbs. Slabs will vary in size from 30sf to 65sf and usually weighs 800 – 1000 lbs.
Is granite expensive?
The cost of granite counters can vary a lot depending on the color, edge profile and custom shapes used in the layout. Our pricing is very competitive and hard to surpass when you consider the total value of our services.
How much does it cost to have granite installed in my home?
An estimate by Square Foot does not provide an accurate Total Cost of the project, but allows you to have a general idea of what you should expect to budget for countertops. Remember there are several other related expenses such as backsplash, plumbing, electrical, painting, etc. that will add cost to the job.
Material, Fabrication & Installation can start as low as $40 per sf, but most of our clients are choosing stones from $55 – $65 / sf. There has been an increase in demand for higher priced stones as the market continues to grow.
Regardless of price per square foot, the true Total Cost provided in StoneCraft estimates will include, demolition, new decking, cut-outs and all additional Design options to give you a complete breakdown of items included in every project.
Why are some stones more expensive than others?
There are several factors which determine the price of each stone. First there are costs of mining. Some stones are located in hard to reach areas which increases the costs of mining. Then, depending on where the stone is sent from, the cost of shipping comes into play. Finally, the stone market follows the supply and demand economics, so rare and sought after stones will be significantly more expensive than common and popular stones.
Does Natural Stone vary in appearance within the same type?
Consumers who are less acquainted with Natural Stone often expect the slabs to be identical to the picture or sample they were shown. Although sample stones (and photos) are intended to be representative of the quarry’s product, the material quarried at one time may differ slightly in color and veining from the sample. Moreover, even a single marble or granite slab will possess a certain amount of color variation from one end to the other. Interior designers and architects have come to view this tendency of natural stone as an advantage. Slight irregularities can be pleasing, introducing an element of the natural into human-designed spaces, whether residential or commercial.
My granite sample has pits on the surface. Will those be present on my finished countertops?
Granite, which is crystalline in its structure, often has tiny pits or spaces between the various mineral crystals. It’s hard to see them on a larger piece because the overall appearance is polished and mirror-like. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure which formed the granite eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material. A product of nature should not be expected to look manmade.
Do seams show?
Because granite is a natural material and is mined from the quarry in blocks usually no more than 10ft long, you will most likely end up with seams. Also, you may want to use seams to reduce your costs, such as in jacuzzi surround fabricated with seams, as opposed to a single piece. The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color and pattern. A small, uniform grain (such as Uba Tuba) will not be as apparent as a larger varied grain (such as Peacock Green). A dark color (Platinum) will be less apparent than a light color (Imperial White). A dramatic pattern with swaths of color (Madura Gold, Paradiso) will show more seams than a uniform pattern (Dakota Mahogany, Tropical Brown). Most customers have found that the beauty of natural granite outweighs the concern of seams.
What is the standard overhang for kitchen and bathroom counter tops?
For kitchen countertops, the average overhang is 1.5″ on the front, and 1″ along the sides. Bathrooms will usually have even overhangs at either 1″ or 1.5″. These sizes are not mandatory, and may vary from installation.
Are some edge profiles better than others?
Although most edge profiles have similar general characteristics, there are differences which can have an effect on daily usage.
One concern is durability. Edges with smooth, rounded profiles tend to be more resistant to chipping.
Another aspect of edge performance is ease of cleaning. Edge profiles which feature sharp creases, such as the Cove DuPont or Waterfall edges, tend to collect dust and grime and are tedious to keep clean.
The Full Bullnose edge, because of its roundness, tends to carry spills over to the cabinet surfaces which may, over time, lead to damage to the cabinets, especially around the sink area. Also, because the bottom edge is rounded, it is not visible when viewed from above, and makes the countertop appear thinner, which is usually not a desirable effect. On the other hand, parents of small children may consider the rounded bottom edge to be safer.
Style will be a major factor in determining your choice. While Bullnose provides a traditional look, a Square Edge will give your space a more modern touch. An Ogee is great for bathrooms, or can add a decorative touch to differentiate kitchen islands from a standard edge on perimeter countertops.
We will be happy to discuss the various options that best fit your design plan.
Can granite surfaces be damaged?
Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp tipped hard objects. Unsealed, granite can absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration. Fortunately, under typical household use, granite is not subjected to such events. Also, heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect granite under normal circumstances.
Can granite chip?
Only in cases of severe abuse with a hammer or impact tool. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture. If a chip occurs on your countertop, do not throw out the chipped pieces. We can use them to fix the countertop, so that no one will be able to tell it was ever chipped.
Can I cut on my countertop?
If your countertop is made of granite, you can. Granite is extremely hard and can withstand even the sharpest knives. It’s not a good thing for your knives though. They can get dull in as little as one use. We recommend using a wooden or plastic cutting board. Other stones are not as resistant to scratching and we do not recommend cutting on them.
Can I set a hot pot on my granite counter top?
Granite is formed by extreme heat combined with pressure occurring beneath the earth’s crust. It is extremely unlikely that a granite countertop would crack or discolor when subjected to a hot pan.
Does granite crack?
No, not with regular use. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during shipping and installation. Normal use will not overstress this durable material.
Does granite stain?
Most natural stones are porous to some degree. Granite has very little porosity. Most colors will never show any moisture. A few colors may show some moisture if exposed for a period of time. For example, a puddle of water left on the counter for 30 minutes for some colors, may show a dark spot when the water is wiped away. This spot will then dry up and no evidence will show. Only a few colors demonstrate this trait. Our installers will seal the countertops after they are installed
Can damaged piece of stone be repaired?
If any damage occurs it can usually be fixed with a mixture of epoxy and ground up chips of stone. In most cases the repair is hard to spot.
Can marble be used as a kitchen countertop?
Most marbles are too soft and porous to be safely used in the kitchen. Even the more resilient marbles are susceptible to staining and should be avoided if you intend to cook or serve food often. None of our marbles are covered by any type of warranty when installed in kitchens. Many Engineered Stone Slabs are now manufactured to simulate the veining & swirls found in natural marble.
Where can I use marble?
Marble can be used for a number of applications such as fireplace surrounds, tabletops, saddles, and shelves. It can also be applied in the bath area as Jacuzzi surrounds, vanities, floor, and shower paneling. Generally you can safely use marble in low traffic areas.
Can you level my cabinets?
StoneCraft does not engage in ANY carpentry work, so all cabinets must be fully installed and leveled, prior to templating.
Do you install stairs?
Although we install stair treads and risers for indoor and outdoor applications, we do not build the structure of the stairs. Due to the significant amount of weight added by the stone, the structure should be designed by a structural engineer, in order to support the added weight.
Do you make and install sink supports?
Sink supports should be made and installed by a carpenter or contractor. Sinks requiring supports should be fully installed prior to countertop templating. Supports should be made to uphold the weight of very heavy cast-iron sinks, and to securely mount sinks with a front apron.
Can granite be used as a vertical support (for example a table base)?
Granite on its own cannot be used as a weight bearing support for any application. However, if a wooden structure is created to bear the weight of the table top, granite panels can be used as decorative cladding on the sides of the wooden box. A box for such a purpose must be prepared by the customer, using a structure made from 2×4’s and covered with plywood sheets.
I chose a cast iron or farm sink for my project. How should I prepare for templating?
Apron sinks and cast iron sinks must be installed on a specially built support, as they will not be secured to the counter top. In order for our installers to properly cut the opening for the sink, it must already be installed on its support cabinet at the time of templating.
What information is required for a quote?
We require our potential clients to provide a top view layout of the project, including dimensions along with personal information such as name, town, state, zip code, a phone contact, and if known, the name of the stone and the desired edge finish. We can then process the specific measurements and respond with an estimate for the job.
What is your payment policy?
The payment procedure is very simple. StoneCraft requires a 50% deposit before the job can be scheduled. The remaining balance is due at the time of installation. Personal and business checks are accepted for deposit only.
Do you accept credit cards?
No, we do not.
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