Here are counter-top edge options. Take a look and let us know which edge you would like on your new counter-top
Demi Bull Nose
Full Bull Nose
1/2" Bull Nose
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the advantage of 3cm vs. 2cm?
A: Using 3cm slabs of granite and quartz allows us to produce an attractive edge profile without the process of “laminating”, or gluing an extra piece on the edges, which creates a seam, and adds significantly to the labor costs. A 3cm slab can also cantilever (overhang) farther than 2cm without requiring plywood or other support.
Q: Will my countertop have visible seams?
A: Most kitchen countertop installations will require at least one or more joints called seams. During layout and design, will always try to minimize the number of seams required, and to locate seams in places which make them less conspicuous. We color-match the joint filler material to enhance their appearance. Seams are created with a permanent, maintenance-free epoxy material.
Q: Are there special cleaning requirements for granite and quartz countertops?
A: Maintenance of granite and quartz surfaces is easy. For daily cleaning, a non-abrasive dishwashing liquid is recommended. Although granite is very solid and nearly non-porous, spills left on the surfaces for an extended time period may leave some residual staining - even if sealed properly. Most stains usually dissipate over time on their own. If immediate removal is desired, a stain-lifting poultice powder can be used. Quartz surfaces such as Caesarstone are “maintenance-free” and do not require sealing – otherwise, they feature the same ease of daily cleaning as granite. Marble, because of its mineral makeup, requires a bit more care and maintenance, although a bathroom which is where we typically install marble surfaces, there are few issues.
Q: How often do I need to re-apply stone sealer to granite?
A: Once every year or two is sufficient. Over-application of sealer can build up over time and cause a haze on the surface of your countertops. The frequency for re-sealing really depends on the type of granite installed (lighter colors are more porous than darker ones) and the amount of use that the countertops. An easy rule of thumb is to closely monitor the area around the sink. If you begin to notice that water does not bead up or soaks into the stone within 10-15 minutes, then it's probably time to re-seal. Applying sealer is easy; you simply spray it on, let it soak in for a few minutes, and wipe it away with a clean towel. Quartz surfaces do not require any sealing.
Q: Can I cut on my granite or quartz countertop?
A: Only if you want to ruin your good knives. Granite and quartz are harder than steel and will dull knives very quickly if you use the countertop as a cutting surface. Always cut and chop on a wooden or plastic cutting board.
Q: Can I place hot pots and pans on my granite or quartz countertop?
A: Granite is nearly impervious to typical kitchen cooking temperatures, though you may wish to avoid any risk of damage by using hot-pads or trivets. Quartz surfaces such as Caesarstone are tolerant of heat up to about 300 degrees F., so you’ll want to use more care around them with very hot cooking surfaces.
Q: My sample of granite has pits on the surface – will I have these on my kitchen counters?
A: Granite, which is crystalline in structure, always has tiny pits – spaces between the various mineral crystals. You don’t see them on a larger piece because the overall appearance is polished and mirror-like. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure which formed the granite eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material. A product of nature cannot be expected to look manmade.
Q: Will my granite look like the online sample?
Granite has naturally occurring variations in color, tone, granularity, pattern, etc. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty. Although sample stones are intended to be representative of the quarry’s product, the material quarried at one time may differ slightly in color and veining from the sample. Moreover, even a single granite slab will possess a certain amount of color variation from one end to the other. Interior designers and architects have come to view this tendency of natural stone as an advantage. Slight irregularities can be pleasing, introducing an element of the natural into human-designed spaces, whether residential or commercial.
Q: Will I be able to hand-pick my slabs?
A: You will always hand-pick the exact granite or marble slabs used for your countertops, either from our local inventory or at one of our slab suppliers. Quartz surfaces such as Caesarstone because they are very consistent in color and texture, are ordered directly from the samples.
Q: Do I need to remove my existing countertops first?
A: Yes, your kitchen needs to be ready for us to install your new countertops on the day we come to make a template. Demolition is another job entirely and can take several days, so plan ahead. We can remove your existing countertop for an added fee.
Q: Can you re-connect my electrical and plumbing connections?
A: We are not electricians or plumbers. We can not assume any liability for making electrical, gas, or plumbing connections. Plumbing needs to be scheduled with a licensed plumber 24 hours after we install your countertops.
Care & Maintenance
at home maintenance guidelines for all types of natural stone surfaces
Marble, Granite, Travertine, or Natural Stone shower:
Daily: Wipe shower walls and floor down with a squeegee to remove most soap scum and water. Dry any areas where water might puddle with a towel.
Weekly: Use a squeegee to wipe down entire shower. Next, spray disinfecting shower cleaner onto walls (one wall at a time) and wipe dry with a towel. Repeat process for all walls and floor.
Yearly or bi-yearly: Once natural stone tiles loose luster, become pitted, have permanent water streaks or look worn, it is time to call Coastal Granite to have a professionally trained stone technician restore your shower back to its’ original condition.
Marble, Granite, or Natural Stone countertops:
Daily: Wipe off debris with a dry paper towel. After large debris has been removed wipe down entire countertop with either a 1.) Natural stone, anti-bacterial safe wipe (or) 2.) Natural stone soap and a clean damp paper towel.
Note: All countertops should be cleaned with a neutral stone soap (pH7) to prevent long-term damage to your stone investment.
Every 2 to 3 years (granite countertops): Countertops should be re-sealed to guard against staining, create easier wipe-up, strengthen countertops and preserve their natural beauty.