What is the best stone to use in my home?

In most cases, the final answer depends on your preferences. However, there are some guidelines that can help with your decision.

Granite is both beautiful and one of the hardest stones in existence. It is durable, impervious to heat and highly resistant to scratches, dirt and stains. For these reasons, granite has become a popular choice for indoor and outdoor  applications.  Quartz (engineered stone)  is an  excellent choice for indoor use and requires no sealing  or maintenance.  The patterns and colors are very consistent from sample to the actual slab.  The selection, fabrication and installation processes are the same as granite. Both granite and quartz are appropriate choices for any room in your house from kitchen countertops to furniture to bathroom vanity tops.

Marble comes in a dazzling array of colors and patterns. As such, it is hard not to find a marble that will complement your decor. Marble is softer than granite and is more susceptible to scratches or stains. In our opinion, marble is best suited to bath and furniture applications.

We have a selection of stone slabs on site for you to view or can direct you to a local stone warehouse (usually within an hour’s drive from Pinehurst) where you can select from hundreds of different slabs. We also have to ability to ship slabs to our shop for your inspection. Whichever method you choose, we STRONGLY recommend, that you approve the actual slabs to be used on your job, prior to the start of fabrication.


Once I choose my stone, what is the process to install it?

Though the steps may vary from job to job, they generally fall into these main categories:

Site prep- In the case of a remodel, it will be neccessary for the removal of your old countertops and disconnection of sink and appliances. (This is not required in new construction.) This can be accomplished in one of three ways: 1)The homeowner does their own, 2) we  can coordinate with your contractor to arrange timing of removal or 3) we will be happy to do the disconnection of plumbing and removal of old countertops. Please note: the plumbing and electrical reconnection cannot be done by our staff as this should be done by a licensed professional. If you would like, we can recommend several local businesses with whom we have frequently worked over the past 7 years.

Templating- We come into your home to construct custom templates to be used in fabrication. This normally takes about an hour. At this time we also need the sink, faucet and cooktop you plan to install, so we can make accurate cutouts for each. We take these back to the shop and return with them on installation day.

Fabrication – This is when we use the above templates to cut your stone into a custom fit for your home. Once cut, each piece is further fabricated, edged, polished and sealed in preparation for installation. We invite all our clients to visit the shop during fabrication to see their projects being transformed.

Stone Installation – We will arrive with your new stone and install it. This normally takes 3 to 4 hours, though complicated projects can take somewhat longer. Besides your stone, we also install your sink. Installation of plumbing and other appliances normally requires you to retain the services of plumbers and/or electricians to complete the installation.


Are there differences in the maintenance of granite, marble and quartz?

Caring for stone.

Stone is a natural product and simple care and maintenance will keep it looking beautiful. Here are some recommendations from the Marble Institute of America for routine care and cleaning.

Precautions – FOR MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

• Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the stone surface

• It is best to use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface.

• SUCH CARE IS NORMALLY NOT NEEDED FOR SEALED GRANITE.

• Quartz needs no sealing or special care except the use of trivets to protect from the effects of extreme heat.

Cleaning Procedures Do’s and Don’ts

• Do clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap

• Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing

• Do blot up spills immediately

• Don’t use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces

• Don’t use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners

• Don’t use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers

• Don’t mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.

• DON’T NOT USE GREEN SCOURING PADS ON COUNTERTOPS AND VANITIES!-They contain carbide which will scratch granite, marble and quartz.

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