FAQs

What is the Difference Between Granite and Quartz Countertops

Granite is a natural stone that comes directly from the Earth.  With granite you will likely see random veining and a variety of color patterns. 

Quartz is a man-made product made from quartz crystals and resin. With quartz, you will probably have a more even color pattern on your countertops than you would with granite. 

Quartz is non-porous because of resins and the other components and requires no sealing. It is naturally resistant to moisture and stains and requires no maintenance.  Granite is porous and requires sealing every year. The process for sealing granite is simple.  With a solvent-based sealer, the entire process will only take about 10 minutes.

While both materials are strong, quartz cannot be repaired if chipped or scratched. Damaged granite can often be repaired to minimize the appearance of scratches or damage.

The cost for quartz is more than most granite but equal or less than the higher priced granites.

The decision between the two comes down to personal preference.  You can’t go wrong with either one!






What do I need to do to prepare before the install?

Requirements Prior to Fabrication

In order to maintain and exceed our customer satisfaction goals, we require the following from our customer. 

1: All walls and cabinets must be reasonably clean, square and plumb. All cabinet brackets (corbels) must be permanently installed before templates are cut.

2: Cooktop and down draft, range, sink and faucet must be on the job site at the time of template and/or install. If this is not provided and the cutout is not proper size at the time of installation and requires another trip to the job site, a trip charge of $150.00 will be added to the cost of the job.

3: We will not use a drop in sink for an undermount sink. You must have a template from the sink manufacture. All sinks will be cut to manufacture’s template unless otherwise specified during initial measure.

4: WE ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO DO CABINET, PLUMBING, GAS OR ELECTRICAL WORK. Cornerstone Granite WILL NOT ALTER CABINETS, DISCONNECT SINKS, FAUCETS, COOKTOPS, OR ANY OTHER APPLIANCES, PLUMBING OR ELECTRICAL.

5: If you purchase a sink from Cornerstone Granite, you will need to provide the strainers for the sink. THEY ARE NOT INCLUDED WITH THE SINK.

6: Because granite is a natural material, quarried from the earth, it will have natural variations in color, shading and veining. These variations are the source of its natural beauty and should be expected. We encourage our customers to pick out the actual slab that will be used to fabricate their counter top.

7. Seam or seams will be determined by Cornerstone Granite, LLC in the shop with the actual slab, not by the sales person or field personnel. Should you have any questions regarding seam location, you must contact the office. The templator (the person measuring your countertops) can only suggest the location of your seam or seams, that person DOES NOT have the final approval for the location of the seam.

8: An adult must be present at the job site when the job is measured and installed. That person will be responsible for authorizing all information needed by the template personnel and again at the time of installation to sign off on the completed job.

9: Any added, missing and or changed information will result in a delay with your job.

10: Cornerstone Granite is NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR REMOVAL OF OLD PLUMBING AND/OR COUNTERTOPS unless prior arrangements have been made. Customer will be charged a removal/disposal fee of 5.00 $/per square foot if Cornerstone Granite does tear out and removal.

11. Cornerstone Granite does not supply corbels, posts or anyother types of supports other than our support bars that are an additional charge of $75.00 each.

12.Trip Charge: A TRIP CHARGE WILL BE ADDED TO THE TOTAL IF CORNERSTONE GRANITE HAS TO MAKE A RETURN TRIP FOR MISSING INFORMATION, RESCHEDULED INSTALL DUE TO CUSTOMER OR MISSING APPLIANCES NEEDED TO COMPLETE INSTALL.






How Do I Know My Granite is Sealed?

There is a simple test to discover if a stone is properly sealed or not, and it is virtually free.

Using a spray bottle, squirt plain water onto the surface of any natural stone surface.

If the water beads on the stone and does not soak into the stone at all, the seal on the stone is good. Water will bead when it cannot soak into the surface beneath it.

 If the water eventually soaks into the stone, leaving a slightly darker mark where the water has soaked in, you have unsealed or improperly sealed stone. 

The best action at that time is to have us apply a 15-year sealer or purchase a do-it-yourself 1-year sealer at your local hardware store.















How often do I seal my granite?

Once a year.

This is a very easy task. With a solvent-based sealer, the entire process will only take about 10 minutes. Simply spray on the product and wipe it onto your Granite countertops. Let it dry to a haze (This is very important. In order to get a good bond, you need to allow the sealer to penetrate or impregnate your Granite). After 5 to 10 minutes, use a clean terry cloth or paper towel to wipe off the haze. You have now SEALED you Granite countertops.









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