Q: What is the difference between Granite & Quartz Products?
A: Quartz is basically a man-made granite. It is made up of up to 93% crushed quartz, put back together with resins and pigments. The main differences are heat resistance and scratching. You need to use a trivet with hot pans on quartz as the resins could scorch. You also need to use a cutting board with quartz products. Quartz products are impervious, therefore do not need to be sealed. Granite is sealed upon installation and then needs to be resealed every 1-3 years depending on use. If you notice water starting to soak into your granite, it is time to reseal. The last difference between granite & quartz is the look. Many of the quartz companies have come a long way to get the “granite” look but typically granite can have a lot more variation and movement. The opposite is true of quartz. To get a solid or consistent pattern, quartz is a better option. Both products are very durable and will last for years to come.
Q: What are the price groups?
A: Granite Wholesalers group their products. They range from least expensive group 1 to a group 7 exotic. Different wholesalers use different scales to group theirs so it’s best to keep in contact with your salesman and get specific pricing for each stone you are interested in. There is a price variance even within levels. The group level has nothing to do with quality, only how much of it is available.
Q: How much overhang can I have on my Island?
A: We recommend supports under anything over 10” on granite and 12” on quartz products. We use flat bar steel to reinforce overhangs. They sit flush with the stone so are hardly visible. Larger areas require a custom steel frame which we can quote and coordinate.
Q: What is the process?
A: To begin we require a rough drawing or cabinet plan of your project. From there we can get you an estimate based on what we discuss you might like. This might include a quote for a mid-level granite along with a list of wholesalers to visit. There are over 200 granites on the market so we leave it up to the wholesalers to stock them. There you would select your granite slabs and put them on hold. The wholesaler sends us a hold ticket so that we can get you a revised bid based on your actual slabs. Once you approve the estimate we draw up a contract, collect a 50% deposit, and get you on the schedule for a template. Our templater uses a laser and it takes about an hour. He will also collect any sink information for the project. If you are keeping your existing cabinets, he will template over existing countertops so that you are not without a kitchen until we return. We can remove the old countertops when we come to install the granite or you can arrange to have them removed a day or 2 before we are scheduled to install. Our installer will return with your countertops 2 weeks after template. He will mount the sink and clean and seal. All that is left for you to do is arrange to have the plumbing hooked up.