Granite is a natural stone and, therefore, typically has a more natural look. Granite is a porous material, however, and may require occasional maintenance. Quartz is a manufactured material using granite silica, resins, polymers and bonders to create a very strong, very durable surface suitable for many applications, including countertops. Quartz is often marketed as heat and scratch resistant. Both are great options for use for any countertop in your home. It all comes down to personal preference.
There is no definitive answer to this question. As a general rule, there are more "less expensive" natural stone (granite) options on the market. That being said, there are also more "very expensive" natural stone options in slab form, such as quartzite and porcelain. The median cost of granite and quartz is essentially the same.
There are several variables which will determine whether or not your counter tops will have a seam. Most notably are the layout of your kitchen and size of the slabs you choose. Your StoneMasters specialist will be sure to discuss your options with you upon their initial visit.
Unlike most fabricators, StoneMasters gives our customers a choice of three standard edge profiles at no additional cost. Other options are available upon request and can be seen by clicking on the "Edge Profile" tab on our website homepage.
StoneMasters suggests cleaning your granite countetops with a pH neutral balanced cleaner or mild dishwashing soap and water. Other cleaning tips can be found on the "Product Care" tab on our website homepage.
If you choose granite as your countertop material, they will be sealed by StoneMasters prior to installation. How often you seal them after that is at the discretion of the homeowner, but for high traffic areas once a year should be sufficient.
Each installation is unique but a typical installation should take 2-4 hours.
Removal of existing counter tops and moving large appliances is not included in the scope of work or cost to complete your project. We would, however, be pleased to list these services as optional and at your request.
At the time of templating, we would kindly ask that your existing counter tops or cabinets be clear for proper access. We would also ask that you have your new sink and faucet (if applicable) on site and that you have made a decision on the type of edge profile to be used.
There are literally thousands of granite and quartz color choices available to you. Your StoneMasters representative and our granite/quartz wholesale partners would be pleased to assist you with your selection upon request.
Please ensure that you create a clear path to the installation area; remove drawers, cover items left in cabinets, disconnect and remove appliances (if applicable) from the installation area.
In the majority of instances, we recommend that your existing backsplash be removed and replaced when updating your countertops. There are an infinite number of options for your back splash but the most common are tile, slab granite/quartz, or none at all. Whatever you decide to do, StoneMasters will be ready to assist.
Plumbers, tile setters and electricians are often involved in standard kitchen remodels. StoneMasters has created an extensive network of trade partners in the construction industry and would be pleased to provide contact information upon request.
Granite slabs are typically cut in 2cm (approx. 3/4") and 3cm (approx. 1 3/16") thickness. Either option is suitable for use in the fabrication of counter tops, but StoneMasters chooses to use 3cm slab material unless the circumstances dictate otherwise.
Granite is a great option for outdoor spaces. It's often used for outside kitchens and bars, firepits, and landscaping column caps. The vast majority of quartz products are not intended for use in outdoor applications.