Frequently Asked Questions About Natural Stone Products
1. What affects pricing of granite and marble?
- Availability and origin of material and edge detail and other fabrication labor.
2. How do granite and marble compare to other solid surface countertops?
- Comparable in price, unsurpassed durability compared to solid surface products. Every single piece of stone is unique!
3. Can marble be used in the kitchen?
- Yes, however, it will require more maintenance than granite. It is more porous than granite and, therefore, the use of a sealing product is highly recommended. Hot pots/pans may cause scarring of the marble.
4. Can you cut on granite or marble?
- We do not recommend cutting on any of these surfaces, however, granite is extremely durable and can be used as a cutting surface but may dull knives. Cutting on marble will cause scratches as if cutting on wood.
5. Can you set hot pans on granite or marble?
- Granite is heat resistant. Marble can be damaged by excessive heat.
6. Does granite or marble chip or scratch?
- Granite is a dense material that is (generally) chip and scratch resistant under normal circumstances. Marble, however, may chip and scratch under normal use and needs to be used more cautiously.
7. Will granite or marble stain?
- Granite can stain if it is not sealed and if substances are left on the surface of the stone for a long time allowing it to penetrate into the stone. Marble is more porous and much more susceptible to staining. Sealers may protect your natural stone from staining. Lifetime sealers are available so that you don't have to maintain the sealer.
8. How much of an overhang can you have without support?
- Additional support is recommended with an overhang of 10” or more. Decorative wood corbel supports may be available through a contractor or cabinet maker or local home improvement store.
9. What type of sink can be used?
- Undermount and drop-in sinks may be used and are generally available at the fabricator for selection and purchase. 3" of stone in front and back of sink are required in order to maintain structural integrity.
10.Can limestone be used for countertops?
- Limestone can be used for countertops but because it is porous, it will require the use of a sealer to protect it and more maintenance than granite. On-line research regarding using limestone for countertops will help you to make your decision on whether or not to use it.