This could vary based on the size of your project and the movement of the grains in the slabs. It's important to take into consideration the movement of the grain in order to create a better flow with the seams.
Q: Will I have seams?
We aim to use as few seams as possible for each project. We make it a priority to be sure that the grains and colors line up to conceal the visibility of the seam. Be wary that other companies will add more seams than typical in order to decrease the amount of material needed for the job. We do not believe in this practice.
Q: What is included in the quoted price?
C and C Stoneworks believes in a turn-key project. Included in our price is the following: we will remove your existing countertops and haul them away, fabricate new countertops, seal the countertops for increased durability, provide you with a kitchen/bath/laundry sink, install the new countertops, install the sink, drill out all faucet holes, hook up the plumbing and install faucets. We also specialize in the fabrication and installation of granite, marble, quartz, and tile backsplashes. Be wary of other companies that only provide the installation of the countertops and require you to hire other professionals to complete your project (plumber, electrician, tile company).
Q: Is it necessary to seal stone?
Since stone surfaces are quite porous they will absorb liquids, which may result in discoloring and staining. All granite and marble countertops are sealed during fabrication. This substance penetrates the stone making it quite impervious to alcohol, juices, soft drinks, cosmetics, cleaners, coffee, food and even oils. Because of the high quality of our sealant you most likely will not need to reseal your countertops.
Q: What is the best way to clean stone?
The best way to clean granite, marble, and quartz is with a mild soap (dish soap) and water mixture. Do not use bleach, Clorox, or ammonia because these harsh cleaners will dull the surface of the countertop over time.
Q: Can I cut directly on my stone?
Cutting on your granite or quartz countertops will not harm your granite or quartz. These stones are actually harder than your knife and will quickly dull your blade. We do not recommend cutting on marble because this type of stone will scratch and stain easily.
Q: Can I put hot pots on my countertops?
Granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure combined beneath the earth’s crust. It cannot be affected by heat from a cook top or frying pan. Granite will not burn with ordinary use. It is perfectly ok to set hot pots or pans directly from the stove or oven onto granite. We do not recommend putting any hot objects on quartz or marble because these surfaces can be scorched. If these surfaces are burned the manufacturer's warranty is voided.
Q: What is the difference between marble and granite?
Although both are stones and both are quarried from the earth, granite and marble are very different from each other. The greatest difference lies in the porosity, softness and durability of marble when compared to granite. With granite countertops, hot pots can be placed directly on the countertop, you can cut right on the surface without damage, and spills wipe away easily. Marble is much more porous/softer and is more prone to stain, etch, and scratch when compared to granite.
Q: How long will the entire process take?
At C and C Stoneworks we take pride in our work and value our customers. We take the time to do things the right way. Typically the entire process, from selection and estimates to fabrication and installation, takes anywhere from 12-18 weeks. Check out our blog for “What to Expect When Getting New Countertops.”
Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions