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On this page you will find answers to the most common questions that our customers have asked us. Familiarize yourself with granite and marble so that you can make the best choice for your application.

If you feel that your questions were not answered here, please contact us. We will be appreciated give you the answers to what you are looking for.

Q: What's the difference between Granite and Marble?

A: Although both are nature stone and quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble's relatives - limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. Granite is formed deep in the earth's mantle at extremely high temperatures, and is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals. The marble family, limestone, travertine, marble, onyx, starts out as sediment, animal skeletons, shells, plant matter and silt at the bottom of bodies of water. After millions of years this solidifies into stone (lithifies). Because its main component is calcium, it can be affected by acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages.

Q: What is the appropriate thickness for a kitchen counter top?

A: A kitchen countertop should be an inch and a quarter thick for structural reasons. Bathroom vanity tops can be thinner.

Q: Do seams show?

A: 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 (Kinawa, Paradiso) will show more seam than a uniform pattern (Dakota Mahogany). Most customers have found that the beauty of natural granite outweighs the concern of seams.

Q: Will my chosen color look like the picture on your website?

A: The samples you see on our website have been photographed and saved as digital images. The color tones may not be absolutely correct due to variations in computer systems, monitors and compression algorithms. Also, granite is a natural material with naturally occurring variations in color, tone, granularity, pattern, etc. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty.

Q: What is the standard overhang for kitchen and bathroom counter tops?

A: 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 you're welcome to choose any size of overhang.

Q: My granite sample has pits on the surface. Will those be present on my finished countertops?

A: 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.

Q: Does granite stain?

A: 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. Also if AGM daily granite cleaner is used there will be no need to reseal the countertops because cleaner contains some sealer and every time the countertops are cleaned they are also being sealed at the same time.

Q: How much does granite weigh?

A: One square foot of 1 1/4" thick granite usually weighs 16-18 lbs.

Q: Can marble be used as a kitchen countertop?

A: 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.

Q: Where can I use marble?

A: 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.