Can marble be used in a kitchen?

The short answer is yes. However, because marble is susceptible to staining, scratching and etching, the use of marble in a kitchen requires careful consideration.

I’m building a house, when should I select my stone?

Because natural stone has variations, it is not a good idea to select a stone too early.  Colorations can vary, and the veining from one shipment to another can be quite different.  Once the cabinets are 3-4 weeks away from being installed it is a good idea to finalize your selections.

Which type of sink is best for granite?  Undermount or drop-in?

This is a matter of personal preference.  The ability to wipe off the counters directly into the sink and the aesthetic appeal make undermount sinks the most popular.

Is granite more expensive than man made materials?

It depends on the granite.  Availability, color, and country of origin are major factors that affect the price of granite.  Many granite colors are offered at the same price or sometimes less than man made products.

Can hot pots be placed directly on granite?

Yes.  Placing a hot pot or pan on granite will not effect it.

How far can granite extend beyond the cabinetry without additional support?

According to the Marble Institute of America, corbels or structured support should be used when an overhang exceeds 10” for 3cm material or 6” for 2cm material.

What is involved in pricing a countertop?

There are many factors involved in pricing countertops: material cost, quantity of slabs, design and edge profile are primary considerations.

What are remnants?

Remnants are the smaller remaining pieces of stone from a previous job.