1. I am considering purchasing a granite countertop for my kitchen. Is it expensive?
Excellent choice! The cost of granite counters is comparable to Corian, even less, sometimes while offering more benefits. Counters in granite start at $39 per square foot, or $80 per running foot, for a counter 25.5” in length.
2. What do I need to consider when buying a granite countertop?
Because it is a natural stone, granite has been blessed with a remarkable natural beauty that has captivated humans throughout the ages. Inherent in such natural products is a certain lack of predictability that sophisticated architects and designers celebrate. Consumers who are less acquainted with the material expect the granite ordered to be identical to the picture or sample they were shown. Although sample stones are intended to be representative of the quarry’s product, the material quarried at one time may differ slightly in color and veining from the sample. Moreover, even a single marble or granite slab will possess a certain amount of color variation from one end to the other. Interior designers and architects have come to view this tendency of natural stone as an advantage. Slight irregularities can be pleasing, introducing an element of the natural into human-designed spaces, whether residential or commercial.
3. How is Granite formed?
Granite is an igneous rock of visible crystalline formation and texture. It is composed primarily of feldspar, quartz, and mica. It starts off as liquid magma deep within the earth’s core where it is cooled and compressed over millions of years under tons of pressure. It is then quarried, cut and polished. After that process it can be applied in various ways like kitchen countertops, vanity tops, fireplace surrounds as well as Jacuzzi surrounds and other custom designs.
4. Can granite crack?
No, not with regular use. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during shipping and installation. Normal use will not overstress this durable material.
5. Will my granite look like the online sample?
The samples you see on the computer have been scanned and saved as digital images. The color tones may not be absolutely correct due to variations in computer systems, monitors and compression algorithms. Also, granite is a natural material with naturally occurring variations in color, tone, granularity, pattern, etc. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty.
6. Does granite have any pits or fissures?
Yes, granite has natural pits and fissures that are part of the stones natural structure. Some types of granite have more of such characteristics than other types, and pits can be minimized by applying sealer to the surface of the counter.
7. My little sample of granite has pits on the surface – will I have these on my kitchen counters?
Granite, which is crystalline in its structure, always has tiny pits ? spaces between the various mineral crystals. You don’t see them on a larger piece because the overall appearance is polished and mirror-like. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure which formed the granite eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material. A product of nature cannot be expected to look manmade.
8. What is the appropriate thickness for a granite countertop?
A kitchen countertop should be an inch and a quarter thick for structural reasons. Bathroom vanity tops can be thinner.
9. How are seams made?
Seams are done where the two pieces of stone are put together. The seams are joined with epoxy that is mixed with the color that matches the stone. Then the joined area is smoothened, leaving only a very thin line visible.
10. Do granite seams show?
Because granite is a natural material and is mined from the quarry in blocks usually no more than 10′ long, you will most likely end up with seams. Also, because granite is sold in rectangular pieces, you may want to use seams to reduce your costs, such as in an “L” shaped corner. The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color and pattern. A small, uniform grain (such as Uba Tuba) will not be as apparent as a larger varied grain (such as Peacock Green). A dark color (Platinum) will be less apparent than a light color (Imperial White). A dramatic pattern with swaths of color (Kinawa, Paradiso) will show more seams than a uniform pattern (Dakota Mahogany). Most customers have found that the beauty of natural granite outweighs the concern of seams.
11. Can you describe the process of ordering with your company?
The whole process is designed for quality and speed. First, the client picks a stone, we then give the client an estimate based on their specific project. After that, an order can be placed with us for a template. From the time the template is made our clients can expect a turnaround time of 14 business days.
12. Do I need an appointment to come down to your place?
No appointment is necessary; We are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm
First, pick out a doorstyle you like. Then furnish us with either a list of cabinetry or a floor plan of your kitchen. Fax or e-mail us this information along with your name,phone number. You will receive a quote on delivered cabinetry from us in one to two business days, depending on the time we receive it. Or simply call us at (913) 362-8889 to set up a free in-home estimate with one of our sales person.
Once we have the wall to wall detailed measurements of your kitchen and bath, we will make a design by using our professional cabinetry design software. You will be asked to come to our showroom in order to finalize the design. After you are satisfied with our design we will start the ordering process. At the time you place the order we collect 50% down payment. You pay the rest 50% by the time we finish the job. Usually the whole process can be finished within two to four weeks.
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1. what does team “gauge” means to the stainless steel sink?
Gauge refers to the thickness of the sink
2. What is undermount sink?
Undermount sinks are a popular choice among folks who are updating their kitchens or bathrooms. They look clean and modern, and since an undermount sink actually fits under the countertop, they are also functional. Simply wipe any crumbs or debris right into the sink – there is no sink lip to catch and hold anything.