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Are granite countertops absorbent?
Granite is impervious to water, and is actually less absorbent than some solid surface (plastic) products. Granite is commonly used as a building material for high-rise buildings due to its ability to withstand gale force winds and rain.
Do countertops stain easily?
Granite is resistant to stains. Generally, any liquid spilled on a granite top, if wiped up within a few minutes, will not stain. However, even water can soak into a granite countertop and leave a dark colored spot, but this will evaporate in minutes. Liquids that do not evaporate, such as oils, will cause stains if left to soak into the stone.
Are stains on granite countertops permanent?
Most stains can be removed. Even oil stains can usually be removed using a poultice or paste to draw out the oil from the stone.
Can a granite countertop lose its polish over the years?
While this may be true of marble, granite will shine for years as if it were brand-new. Granite is highly scratch-resistant, and will not show wear from daily use.
Will heat cause a granite kitchen countertop to chip and crack?
Granite is heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans without damage. Impact from a heavy object may chip granite, but heat from anything short of a blowtorch will not affect your countertop.
Aren’t granite counters heavy?
At 16 pounds per square foot, and the average kitchen having 65 square feet of countertop space, a kitchen full of granite would weigh over 1,000 pounds. That’s why we do the installation for you.
Are granite and marble essentially the same?
Besides the fact they are both natural stones and can be polished, they are otherwise very different. Marble is a calcium stone, formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite is an igneous rock, formed from molten magma, then cooled and hardened below the earth’s surface.
Aren’t granite countertops expensive?
Granite is usually competitively priced compared to other high-end surfacing materials. You'll be amazed when you compare the price of granite to other popular “luxury surfaces”. Granite offers you unmatched value with its natural beauty, elegance, and longevity.
Can I cut on my granite or quartz countertop?
Only if you want to ruin your good knives. Granite and quartz are harder than steel, and you'll dull your knives very quickly if you use the countertop as a cutting surface. Always cut and chop on a wooden or plastic cutting board.
Can I place hot pots and pans on my granite or quartz countertop?
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 Caesar stone and Zodiac are tolerant of heat up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, so you'll need to be careful about hot cooking utensils with these surfaces.
Is your granite “Pre-Fab”? Will you be creating a lot of mess in my house or driveway?
JPS Granite LLC is a custom fabricator of natural and engineered countertops. We generally work with full-sized slabs of material (approx. 5-6 ft high by 9-10 ft long) and 3 cm (about 1-1/4″") thick. This means every countertop is custom-tailored specifically to your kitchen design, minimizing the amount of seams and maximizing the beauty. We do nearly all the “messy” fabrication work in our factory, except small finishing work on-site to make your counters just right. You're guaranteed professional results from the initial design through fabrication and final installation.
Why do you specialize in using 3 cm slabs? What is the advantage of 3 cm vs 2 cm?
Using 3 cm 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. 3 cm slabs can also cantilever (overhang) farther than 2 cm without requiring plywood or other support.
Will my countertop have visible seams?
Are there special cleaning requirements for granite and quartz?
How often do I need to reapply stone sealer to granite?
Will my granite look like the online sample?
The samples you see on our website have been scanned and saved as digital images. The color tones may not be absolutely correct due to variations in computer systems and monitors. Granite also has naturally occurring variations in color, tone, granularity, pattern etc. These variations are expected and are the source of the 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 simple granite slab will possess a certain amount of color variation from one end to another. 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.
Will I be able to handpick my slabs?
You'll always handpick 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 Caesar stone and Zodiac, as they are very consistent in color and texture, are ordered directly from the samples. In addition, you will be able to lay out your kitchen depending on the hand-picked slab that you are purchasing.
My sample of granite has pits on the surface. Will I have these on my kitchen counters?
Granite, which is crystalline in structure, always has tiny pits and 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 natural result from the immense heat and pressure which formed the granite eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of the stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material. A product of nature cannot be expected to look man-made. Fortunately, the process of "Resining" can greatly reduce the appearance of pits and fissures, as well as help repel stains.
Do I need to remove my existing countertops first?
Yes, your kitchen needs to be ready for us to install on the installation date. In addition, we offer to remove and dispose of your old countertops if you can't remove them yourself or you don't have anybody to do it for you.
Can you reconnect my electrical and plumbing connections?
We offer reconnection of plumbing such as your kitchen faucet and drains for your sink. We have a licensed plumber who comes after the installation of your countertops to make sure that you'll be able to use your kitchen from the same day.