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How much per square foot is granite or marble, etc.?

We most certainly purchase slabs by the square foot to build countertops. However, we do not sell finished and installed countertops by the square foot. Fabric is sold by the square yard but finished and tailored clothing is not. Beware of advertised per square foot pricing. How much and what is the level of the service you will receive? Often many of these solicitations are simply bait-and-switch sales tactics and/or standardized prefabricated countertops that do not include everything. No two jobs are the same. We consider every job we do to be custom work for individual clients and unique projects. You don't deserve, nor should you desire anything less, and estimates are always free. 

I want to replace my old countertops. Do my existing countertops have to be removed prior to templating?

We use the latest technology available to create a digital template of your existing cabinetry. In most cases, nearly 100% of the time, this can be acheived without having to remove your existing countertops. Usually, all that is required is that your countertops be cleared of all items that you would typically have on top of them. Your kitchen can remain functional until it is time to install the new countertops.

Do I need to have my appliances installed before you template or install the new countertops?

In the case of new construction or extensive remodel, it is not neccessary to have any appliances installed before measuring or installation. What is needed is all specifications, manufacturer name & model numbers for cooktops, ranges, sinks and faucets. We need the sink & faucet in our possession before fabrication can begin. The range and/or cooktop is needed on site at installation. About the only exception is if a farm style or apron style sink is being used. If that is the case, then it must be installed in the cabinetry at the time templating is done.

Can marble be used in the kitchen?

There are marble countertops in kitchens all over the world and marble has been used for centuries. The short answer is yes, you can use marble in a kitchen. However, because marble is susceptible to etching, and more susceptible to scratching than granites or quartz products, the use of marble in a kitchen requires careful consideration. The question should be does marble serve your needs and meet your expectations for a kitchen surface? For many people it does.

Will my cabinetry support the weight of the new countertops ? Do I need additional cabinet supports ?

3cm (1 1/4" ) granite weighs approx. 19 lbs per square foot. Typical modern day cabinet construction is more than adequate for most installations. It is rare that we find cabinets not suitable to handle the weight. However, large overhangs (more than 6 inches) may require some type of support. It is advisable to let your cabinet installer know that you are using granite to ensure proper support.

Are all colors of granites the same price? What determines the difference?

All granites are not the same price. The color would actually have nothing to do with that. Several factors may determine why one granite, or marble or any other stone is more or less than another. Granites are quarried all over the world so logistics comes into play. Domestic granites may cost more to quarry than Indian granites, for example, because of labor costs. Some quarries have to shed more waste than others in order to produce usable stone. Shipping costs is another factor that may be determined by different quarry locations around the world. And, of course, supply and demand has much to do with it as well. From a fabricators perspective, once we actually get the stone here, the characteristics of each particular stone may make one more problematic than another to deal with. Certain stones dictate extra handling care or fabrication techniques that may be more costly. For instance, one stone may be harder than another and take longer to cut and polish.

Are 3cm slabs better than 2cm slabs?  Is 2cm cheaper?

In the eastern United States, 3cm in surely the trend and we hardly ever cut any 2cm. The exception may be when marble is used. In the western states, 2cm granite is still widely used. Usually when 2cm material is used, a laminated or built up edge profile is specified in order to make the countertops appear thicker and that makes them more costly when this is done. The main difference is going to be in appearance but there is no denying that, with 3cm, a 60% thicker material is more structurally sound. That could mean less seams or joints. However, once installed that shouldn't really matter to a homeowner since either one is sufficient for most applications. The cost of 2cm slab material is only slightly less since many of the costs associated remain the same for either one although cutting blocks into 2cm as opposed to 3cm surely yields a higher number of slabs from the same size block. From the standpoint of fabrication & installation, it costs about the same for either one unless built up edge profiles are used on 2cm making them more expensive. Delivery and installation costs are the same. In summary, in our market, there is very little difference in cost and 2cm can be more expensive than 3cm. However, most clients certainly prefer the appearance of the 3cm.




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