Information From the Experts
At Colorado Stone & Granite, we use full-sized slabs of granite, quartz, quartzite, soapstone or marble to fabricate custom counter-tops. Most of the slabs we use measurement start at 9-10 feet long and 5-6 feet high, and we cut these down to customized you size of your project to your needs and desires. The three-centimeter-thick slab of material allows us to create an attractive edge profile, including the possibility for a cantilever or overhang. Because we are custom-tailoring each stone to the size of your dream kitchen, we can minimize the number of seams in the counter-top and maximize the beauty of your design.
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We handle the messy work in our shop from all the cutting and fabrication of your dream counter-top, only leaving some small finishing touches for your home or business. Colorado Stone & Granite guarantees professional results. Please feel free to ask any questions you have. As your stone and countertop masters we are more than happy to answer and educate and/or return to the job site if there are any problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have been in this business for a long time, and there are several frequently asked questions that we can answer now about your counter-top fabrication and installation.
Will my counter-top have visible seams?
Because most counter-tops are longer than the 9-10 feet of slab material that we use, there will likely need to be at least one joint, or seam, where we put pieces of the material together. When we work out your layout and design, we always try to minimize the number of seams and to locate those joints in less obvious places to give you the most seamless-looking countertop possible. We use permanent epoxy material in our seams to provide a maintenance-free joint. Colorado Stone & Granite installers are also trained to color-match all the filler material used in the joints to smooth out the appearance of the seam.
Are there special cleaning requirements for granite, quartz and marble counter-tops?
You should use a non-abrasive dish washing liquid for daily cleaning, but there are other cleaning possibilities for each material.
- Granite is a solid, nearly non-porous material that will withstand most spills and stains, and we seal it after installation. However, leaving a spill on the countertop for an extended time may lead to residual staining. Most of these marks will fade eventually, but you can also use a stain-lifting poultice powder specially formulated for granite.
- Quartz does not require post-installation sealing, and daily cleaning is enough to keep it sparkling.
- Marble is the most porous material of all, and it requires the most maintenance and cleaning care. However, marble is most commonly used in the bathroom, so it rarely faces spills other than water.
How often do I need to re-apply stone sealer to my granite counter-tops?
The process of resealing a counter-top is largely dependent on the use of the granite. Sealing too frequently can create a haze on the granite’s surface. Because we do not know the individual activities of our customers, Colorado Stone & Granite prefers not to set an exact calendar for resealing. However, an application is generally recommended every 1-2 years. Lighter-colored granite is more porous than the darker options, so it will require more frequent resealing, but the frequency is also highly dependent on use. If you start to notice that the area around your sink soaks up water within 10-15 minutes, you probably need to reseal. You simply spray the sealer onto the granite, let it soak into the stone for a few minutes and wipe the excess away with a clean towel.
Can I chop foods on my granite or quartz counter-top?
Granite and quartz are both harder than steel; you can cut on them, but you will dull your knives very quickly. It is a better idea to cut foods on plastic or wooden cutting boards instead.
Can I place hot pots and pans on my granite or quartz counter-top?
You can put your hot dishes on granite, but they may damage the surface at high temperatures. Quartz can handle heat of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and many cooking temperatures reach that point or higher. It is a good idea to use hot-pads or trivets on both surfaces.
My granite sample has pits on the surface. Will these also be in my kitchen counters?
By its nature, granite has tiny pits in the spaces between its mineral crystals. Sometimes granite also has natural fissures that occur from the immense heat and pressure when the granite was formed years ago. These are all part of the natural beauty of the stone and will not affect the function of the counter-top. When we install a granite counter-top, we polish the surface to a mirror-like shine that draws your eye away from these pits.
Will my granite look like the online sample?
Our online samples are scanned digital images that may not give the best indication of the color that you will receive due to variations in the stone itself and the quality of the different devices used to access those images. Colorado Stone & Granite tries to show you a representative selection of our product, but each slab will be slightly different in color and veining. We think that these slight irregularities are pleasing in their natural state.
Will I be able to hand-pick my slabs?
You always have the opportunity to hand-select your granite and marble slabs from our local inventory or from one of our suppliers to find the colors and patterns that best suit you. Quartz is much more consistent in color and texture, so those slabs are ordered directly from your sample selection.
Can you reconnect my electrical and plumbing connections after installation?
Although the Colorado Stone & Granite contractors are highly trained and properly licensed in creating and installing counter-tops, we do not employ any licensed plumbers or electricians. We recommend that you find and hire the proper technicians for your connections.
Communication with Your Contractor
Colorado Stone & Granite will create a written contract for your project before we begin. As part of the standard practices of good business, we will document all interactions and services. In return, we ask that you keep your responsibilities in mind. Those include:
- Doing it yourself or hiring a subcontractor to complete the cabinetry installation, removing of mirrors, plumbing rough-in, electrical rough-in and any other work outside of counter-top fabrication and installation
- Clearing a path from your doorway to your kitchen or bathroom for the installation crew since these slabs are heavy and cumbersome
- Removing ice, snow and clutter from all walkways
- Removing all pre-existing counter-tops before installation
- Checking that the counter-top installation does not conflict with other work being done in that area of the home