Things to Know About Natural Stone Countertops

DIRECTIONALITY: Many colors have veining or directionality, sometimes called movement or grain patterns. With these colors – seams, corners and backsplashes will show changes in pieces or direction more visibly than other stones.
NATURAL FEATURES: All stone has “fissures” which appear as hairline cracks. Many colors have “pits” which appear like small chips or holes. These are not defects.
SEAMS: The seams in a granite counter can be seen and can be felt. Every effort is made to limit this factor and minimize the visual impact. We aim to be both aesthetically and economically sensitive when designing seam location. Final seam placement will be determined during production however, seams are typically location near the corners. Because the width and depth of individual stone pieces may vary, the size of slabs will vary and therefore may require seams on large islands and long counter runs. Seam location and number is at the sole discretion of the Fabricator. All seams are machined in our shop, however most slabs are rarely perfectly flat. We go to great lengths to get your seams tight and smooth, but there still may be slight variations across seams. Seams are typically less than 1/8” wide. Differing crystalline structure can increase the likelihood of visible seams and lamination lines.
SLAB SELECTION: Granite can vary widely in tone, hue, pattern, texture and color. As such, the sample is just a representation of the color you have selected. In order to achieve maximum satisfaction, we require you to make an appointment with one of our recommended slab suppliers to select your particular slabs. Our proposal will tell you where to go and how many slabs to select. You will need to select your slabs prior to your template appointment to ensure a timely installation.
BACKSPLASH: Backsplash is made from the same material as the countertops and will be the same thickness as the deck. The edges and ends of the backsplash will be “flat polished”. Splashes will be sealed to the countertop with a small bead of clear caulking. We will caulk the top of the splashes with paintable (white) caulking.
SINK CUTOUTS: The profile at finished cutouts for undermount sinks will be our “flat polished” shape. All undermount sinks are cut according to manufacturer specifications and will have the manufacturer’s suggested reveal. The actual mounting of the sink is included in the undermount sink charge.
STAINING: The periodic sealing of your countertops will help to prevent stains. However, spills should be blotted up quickly to avoid staining. Avoid using harsh chemicals or acidic products on your countertops as this will damage them and break down the sealer.
CLEANING: Most people like to use a mild soap and water mixture. There are a variety of cleaners that are intended specifically for natural stone available for purchase. Be sure to use a sponge or a soft cloth to avoid etching the surface polish of the stone.
SCRATCHES: Granite is composed of mainly quartz and feldspar; therefore it is incredibly hard and highly resistant to scratches. However, we highly recommend the use of cutting boards.
HEAT: Although granite material has great heat resistance, we still do NOT recommend placing heat sources directly on the countertops. Use trivets or hot pads under any heated cookware such as pots, pans or other sources of continuous heat (griddles, crock pots, etc…). Subjecting natural stone to continuous heat can damage the polish and crack the stone.