WHAT ARE GRANITE, MARBLE, AND QUARTZ?

  • Granite: Granite is a quartz based stone that is highly recommended for frequently used countertop areas. Granite has variation in color, no two slabs are alike, it is highly heat and scratch resistant, and Is an excellent product for kitchen countertops

  • Marble: Marble is a natural stone, but much softer than granite. It is prone to etching and scratching. It is more often used in bathrooms and on fireplaces. Over time, marble develops what is known as a “patina”, giving it an old world feel. Sealers will prevent staining, but cannot prevent scratching and etching.

  • Quartz: Quartz is a man made product that has been growing in popularity, especially in more modern designs. It is virtually scratch and stain resistant, and does not require a sealer. There are many different manufacturers of quartz. This is an excellent product for countertops, however we do not reccomend for outdoor applications.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU SEAL GRANITE?

There are many sealers on the market for natural stone; most of them require application every 3-5 years. We recommend Dry Treat’s Stain Proof 15 Year Sealer, which comes with a 15 year warranty when applied by a fabricator.

IS IT EXPENSIVE OR DIFFICULT TO SEAL THE GRANITE?

When you purchase your countertop, we will apply a standard sealer (the kind that last 3-5 years). We offer the Dry Treat 15 Year Sealer as an upgrade to your purchase. 

HOW DO YOU CLEAN GRANITE AND OTHER NATURAL STONES? WHAT ABOUT QUARTZ?

For daily maintenance, a mild soap and warm water. If you want to give your stone countertops an extra shine, we recommend Gran Quartz 3-in-1 Natural Stone Spray Cleaner, this is available in our showroom.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAN I PUT HOT PANS ON MY COUNTERTOPS?

Granite and Quartz are able to withstand high temperatures; however we still recommend using a trivet for hot pots and pans. 

DO GRANITE AND QUARTZ SURFACES SCRATCH?

Granite and Quartz rank the same on the scale of mineral hardness, making them some of the hardest surfaces on earth, which are only scratched by diamonds or other pieces of stone. We still recommend using a cutting board in your kitchen, as the surface will dull your knives.

DOES GRANITE STAIN? WHAT ABOUT QUARTZ?

  • Granite is porous, and if not sealed, will absorb stains. When properly sealed, granite is stain resistant. If unsealed, most stains will fade or evaporate over time. Poultice powders, such as SCI Poultice Powder, will help remove the stain faster.

  • Quartz products are stain resistant and do not require a sealer.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE MY TEMPLATE APPOINTMENT?

  • All areas to be templated need to be clear of any appliances or nick knacks

  • Cabinets must be in place and secured, to keep your install on schedule.

  • Countertop material must be selected

  • Sink, range, faucet, tile, and all other accessories must be selected

  • Edge profile must be selected

  • Any changes at the template appointment, or any decisions not made, will likely delay the project.

WHO WILL BE INSTALLING MY COUNTERTOP?

Washington Marble Works has our own crew of trusted and trained installers. 

CAN I CHOOSE WHICH PART OF MY SLAB GOES WHERE?

We are happy to do a slab layout with you. Please let your salesperson know so we can set up an appointment before it gets cut!

WHAT DOES MY BID INCLUDE?

Our “standard” bid will include countertops made custom to fit your cabinets, a sink cutout, any cooktop or range cutouts, and a standard ease and polish edge. Optional add ons are: backsplash (stone or tile), edge profile upgrades, demolition of existing countertops and backsplash, plumbing, sinks or other fixtures, appliance hookup, etc

WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE EXTRA MATERIAL FROM MY SLAB?

If your project meets a minimum square footage, we only charge for the finished project. In some cases, we do have to charge extra to cover the cost of the slabs. This will be something your salesperson will explain to you when quoting your project. 

CAN I HAVE REFERENCES OR SEE PHOTOS OF WORK SIMILAR TO MINE?

Take a look at our photo gallery, follow our Houzz profile, subscribe to our blog, or like us on facebook to see pictures and updates on projects. We have references available upon request.