Frequently Asked Questions
Providing design, fabrication, and installation of premium stone countertops for customers in the Chicagoland area.
Granite is a natural stone quarried from the earth and cut into slabs. Quartz is also a natural stone, but it goes through a manufacturing process that makes it non-porous, more consistent, and more durable. Both are very durable options for kitchen countertops and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Granite by nature, is porous, however we seal each piece before it leaves our shop, so your granite countertops will be protected from staining. Most granites needs to be re-sealed periodically.
Quartz is 100% non-porous so it will not stain, it never needs to be sealed, and most brands come with and 10 year to Lifetime warrantee.
Although Quartz is heat-resistant, we wouldn’t recommend placing hot items directly on your countertop. Granite is more tolerant therefore and withstand higher temperatures. You won’t melt your countertop, but extreme heat could lead to discoloration or thermal shock which could cause a crack. We always recommend using a trivet and not placing any hot items directly on the countertops.
Granite is most popular for outdoor use because of its sturdy, weather-resistant properties.
Another recommendation for outdoor use is Dekton by Cosentino. Dekton is made from a proprietary blend of natural quartz stone, porcelain, and glass.
These are fused and compressed under high pressure to create a slab material that is very dense and compact, making it a fade and weather resistant for outdoor applications.
Our entire process from measure, fabrication, material, and professional installation is different from project to project. Each countertop is unique, and our pricing always includes custom measure, fabrication & installation. Use one of our estimating tools, or give us a call and we can get a quote started today.
Due to the fabrication process, the stone from the sink cutout is not usable. However, we’re always happy to make a trivet to match your countertops if you’d like one. Just ask your designer to add it to your order.
Each project is unique and there can be many variables that affect the lead time. Most projects are completed in about 2 weeks.