Information to Know
Slabs - We sell granite, marble, and quartz.
- Granite is a natural stone.
Granite is an igneous rock which means that it is formed by volcanic activity. Granite is blasted from quarries in large blocks and then sliced like a loaf of bread to create bundles. The granite slabs in a bundle will match and mimic each other in directionality and color variation. Because granite is a natural stone it may have pits. Pits and fissures are common in all granite. Pits do not make the stone less durable or render a slab unusable.
- Granite is very durable.
It can be chipped or cracked if it is struck by a heavy object. It is not recommended to stand on your countertops to reach high areas. The stone is not flexible and the additional weight may cause a crack. The durability of granite allows you to be able to cut food directly on your tops. However, it will dull your knives. Granite has a high heat threshold. It can withstand exceptionally high levels of heat up to degrees Fahrenheit. This will allow you to move dishes straight from your oven or directly from the stove onto the countertop without a problem. Granite is also stain resistant.
- Granite is low maintenance and easy to clean.
Using a mild soap and water instead of harsh chemical product to clean the surface will help the sealer to last longer. We use a 15 Year Dry-Treat Warranty Sealant. Therefore, it is not necessary to reseal the tops every year. Visit this website, www.drytreat.com, to learn more about our sealant.
- Marble is a natural stone.
It is metamorphosed limestone. It is quarried all over the world.
- Marble is less durable than granite or quartz.
Marble is a softer material than granite or quartz. It can be scratched, dented, or stained. When installed in a kitchen, you should use cutting boards and pot holders. It's prone to staining and can cloud. Cleaning spills and spots right away will decrease the chance of this happening.
- Marble is low maintenance and easy to clean.
Using a mild soap and water instead of harsh chemical product to clean the surface will help the sealer to last longer. We use a 15 Year Dry-Treat Warranty Sealant. Visit this website, http://www.drytreat.com/, to learn more about our sealant.
- Quartz is a man-made material.
Quartz counters are made by combining 93% natural quartz stone with 7% resin binder and some colourant.
- Quartz is durable.
Most quartz is scratch and stain resistant. However, we suggest still using a cutting board to avoid dulling of your knives. Quartz does have a heat threshold of about degrees Fahrenheit. When placing hot pots and pans on the tops you should use a hot plate or pot holder.
- Quartz is low maintenance and easy to clean.
Using a mild soap and water instead of harsh chemical product to clean the surface will help them last longer.
Obtain an Estimate
Bring in, Fax, or Email -- a layout of the cabinets or rough drawing of the tops with measurements.
Provide Contact Information -- location of the job, telephone number, email address if available, and job name.
We will use the layout to calculate the total square footage. Estimates are based off of square footage, material chosen, and location of the job. After the estimate is created it will be provided to the customer via email, fax, or hand given.
Accept the Estimate
Sign and return the estimate and we will place you on our schedule for template and installation.
Choose Your Material
When choosing material it helps to bring the following:
- A Cabinet Door Sample
- Paint and Fabric Samples
- Inspiration Photos
- And Other items that may be incorporated in the project
Picking out a specific material will allow us to provide you a more accurate estimate. When picking material, we always encourage the customer to view the slab in person before we proceed with fabrication.
Choose your Edging, Sink, and Faucet
We have eight standard edgings to choose from. In addition to our standard edgings, we offer a few upgraded choices. We sell several different sinks and faucets. Visit our Vendors section to view our selection.
Provide Stove Information
We will need to know the stove brand and model number if you are using a cook top or a slide in range.
Decide on Backsplash
We offer a 4’’ standard height backsplash out of the same material you chose for the countertops. Or you may choose to go with a tile backsplash done by others
Once you are on our schedule, we will send someone out to take measurements. This template is based off of your cabinets. You do not have to have the old tops removed at this time. If you are constructing a new house, the cabinets have to be completely set.
If there are old tops, you will need to have them removed. We do tear out of old tops for additional cost. If you have us remove the old countertops, you need to have a water shutoff, a gas valve shutoff, and a breaker shutoff. Also, the plumbing has to be unhooked prior to us coming. We are not licensed to do plumbing.
We will install your new countertops, mount the sink, and core holes for your faucet. It is recommended to wait at least 24 hours before hooking up the plumbing. This ensures that the sink is securely fastened to the top and has a water tight seal.