Before you begin the installation procedure, you must make a handful of important priorities:
- Conduct your research to determine which builder is best for you
- Pick the best material for your project
- Choose your facet and its arrangement
- Discuss the cost of the whole layout with your builder
Once you’ve decided who you’re going to hire and communicate your requirements with them, it’ll be time to start the installation procedure. Professionals will walk you through the whole procedure, making sure that every aspect is covered. They understand how to handle the materials appropriately to guarantee that no harm occurs throughout the job.
1. Is there any difference between granite, marble, and quartz?
Granite and marble are comparable in that they are both long-lasting and resistant to heat, abrasion, and staining. Granite and marble are both reasonably easy to handle; however, they should both be coated before final installation during the manufacturing process.
But, granite and marble also have some differences. Granite is formed at incredibly extreme heat deep inside the earth’s crust. It is a tough, robust stone composed of crystalline minerals. In contrast, the marble family begins as sediment. Because calcium is its key element, it can be harmed by acids such as wine and lemons. Marble is not as durable as granite and quartz when it comes to caring and preservation.
2. Do I need to seal the stone?
No, sealing stone is not required; nevertheless, we do it on the majority of natural stone countertops since the agent delivers significant benefits at a minimal price. Mineral surfaces, such as granite, are not permeable, however certain stones may absorb little quantities of substances, resulting in mild discoloration and stains.
Before they are fitted, every marble and granite countertops are sealed repeatedly in our workshop. The impregnating chemical goes deep beyond the surface of the material, making it impenetrable to liquor, wines, soft drinks, detergents, cleansers, coffee, and even oil.
Other materials, such as quartz and slate, do not need to be sealed. They are comparable to granite and should not need to be re-sealed before 10-15 years. Travertine, on the other hand, needs to be re-sealed every year. Sandstone and Limestone typically require re-sealing as well, though these stones are rarely chosen for counters.
3. Will I find pits on my countertops?
Yes, the stone is always riddled with small pits. Some granites pit greater than others when sanded, so take a serious look at the block you chose for your project. If you examine it under a flashlight, you will most likely discover the intrinsic pitting of that material.
Nevertheless, this is typical and should not be regarded as a flaw in the material. Natural crevices in granite might appear like fractures, but they are not inherent flaws and are a naturally produced byproduct of the great pressures and temperatures that developed the granite ages ago.
4. How long will it take to install the granite and marble project?
It is determined by the job’s size, intricacy, and the number of cuts. From start to finish, an average-sized kitchen will take roughly four hours. Compact and simpler rooms may take 2 to 3 hours, whilst larger and more intricate dining rooms may take 6 to 7 hours.