How much does a granite countertop cost?
The answer varies. Stone is usually quoted by the square foot and the cost depends on a number of things:
Actual stone you choose to use. Special edges, full backsplashes, and other modifications add to the cost. Using an under mount sink rather than a drop in sink entails more polishing; therefore, this also adds to the cost.
Does granite countertop have a completely smooth surface?
No! Many types of granite contain pits and fissures that are natural characteristics of granite. Some granites exhibit these characteristics more than others, and the lighting of the room can make these marks more or less visible. These characteristics should be pointed out to the client prior to deciding on a particular material and pre-approval of the actual slab is recommended.
How often do I need to seal my granite countertops?
This depends on the sealer you choose. Some sealers need to be applied every 6 months to 1 year. Others last for 1-10 years.
Can I use my regular cleaning products?
It is not recommended. Chemicals contained in these cleaners can react negatively to your stone. They may etch some stones or even make them look dull and lifeless. It is best to use care products made specifically for stone.
Does granite chip or scratch?
Granite is a very dense material and under normal conditions, it is chip and scratch resistant. However, pots, pans and other heavy objects may chip the square edge especially around a sink area. Several other edge profiles are available that will look beautiful and reduce the chances of chipping.
Can granite be repaired?
While it is difficult to permanently repair granite, it is also very difficult to damage it. However, if some damage does occur, a mix of epoxy and ground up chips of granite usually can repair granite.
Why does the texture and color vary from stone to stone?
Natural stone is a product of nature and subject to variations. Characteristics such as veining and mineral deposits will affect each piece. Stone will not only vary from quarry to quarry but from stone to stone. All Natural stone is unique... no two stones are alike. This is one of the most desirable characteristics of natural stone.
How long are the slabs, and can seams be avoided?
The average slab size is typically 98" to 115" long by 55" to 68" tall. NJ GRANITE team will work with each customer to place a few seams as possible in a kitchen. Seams are required based on slab size and may be needed to maintain the structural integrity of the countertop.
What do seams look like?
It all depends on type of material used for countertop: from 1/32” to 1/8" width filled with epoxy and color matched.
How much overhang can I have without supports?
For 1 ¼” stone, we recommend supports with overhangs that are 12" or greater if minimum of 24” is already supported.
What is the difference between natural stone and quartz-based countertop material?
The difference between the two is that the quartz-based material is a manufactured product. It is made from natural stone with a petroleum-based resin mixed in to hold it all together. Many manufacturers of these manufactured products down sell the durability of natural stone and claim high maintenance being the cause. In fact, granite is primarily composed of feldspar and quartz, which is what these products are made from, but granite does not have the resin in the mix. People generally select manufactured products for colors that are not available in granite. The installed price between the two products is different, quartz being generally more expensive.
Why are some natural stones more expensive than others?
There are several factors, which determine the price of each stone.
Costs of mining, some stones are located in hard to reach areas, which increases the costs of it. The cost of shipping, depending on where the stone is sent from, and also: The stone market follows the supply and demand economics. So rare and sought after stones will be significantly more expensive than common and popular stones.