Granite International

Natural Stone FAQ

—What is the Difference between granite, marble and quartz? 

Both granite and marble are natural stones quarried from the earth, while quartz is made from natural stone and mix with a resin. Granite is a very hard stone created deep in the earth, formed from crystallized minerals under extremely high pressure and temperature. Marble starts out as sediment which is shells, plant matter, silt and even animal skeletons. This super hot mass starts to rise after millions of years of resting on the bottom of bodies of water, it solidifies as it cools into a hard stone known as marble. As a rule, marble is the softest as the three materials. Due to this, it is not recommended for kitchens. While quartz is slightly stronger than granite, there isn't much of a difference. 

Does my countertop need to be sealed? 

Over time your countertop should be resealed. In the past it was recommended once a year, but with new advancements in stone care and technology, most countertops will never have to be resealed while the more porous stones should be resealed every 3-5 years. While this may sound like an extensive process, it really isn't. The whole process from start to finish is about 20 minutes, with 15 of that being time to wait for it to absorb into the stone before wiping it off. We sell sealer in a spray bottle in our showroom.

 How do I care for my new countertop?

The best way to care for a stone countertop is mild soap and water. As granite and quartz are non porous, they are by default microbial surfaces. There is no need for other cleaners. Should other cleaners be desired, avoid anything abrasive such as bleach or ammonia. We recommend pledge multi-surface or ammonia free windex. We also have 3-in-1 natural stone cleaner, polisher and protector for sale at the shop. We will include a care sheet at the time of install for your convenience. 

—How long does the process take from purchase to installation?

The time can vary. Depending on availability of the stone you have chosen for your project and the work load. Usually the process takes 2-3 weeks but can take up to 4 weeks from order to install. You can call the store and speak to anyone in the office.

Will my countertop have a seam?

Most countertops require at least one seam to be installed properly. Some, depending on size and shape will not have any seams. The visibility of the seam is affected by the pattern and color of the stone. Seams are joined with epoxy and the joined area is meticulously smoothed. This is usually done at the sink to minimize the appearance of the seam.

How long will my natural stone countertop last?

If you take proper care of your countertops they will last for generations. Natural stone has been quarried for centuries and some are as old as the earth!

Do you have free samples?

Yes we do! We also have full slabs available to look at as well! We would also love to give you a free estimate. Stop by and don’t forget to bring your measurements!