FAQs

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IS MARBLE SUITABLE FOR A KITCHEN COUNTERTOP?

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No, marble is not a good choice for a kitchen counter top. Although it can be sealed, it is not as dense as granite and therefore it is more porous and susceptible to being stained in a highly used area like a kitchen. It is much softer and it will chip and crack under frequent use.

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IS MARBLE REALLY APPROPRIATE TO USE IN LIVING AREAS?

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Yes. Since ancient times, marble has been used in all areas of the temples; from furnishings to floors. These Greek and Turkish marbles have proven as durable as materials traditionally considered to be sturdier with the added benefit of creating a warm welcoming atmosphere.

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I AM CONSIDERING PURCHASING A GRANITE COUNTERTOP FOR MY KITCHEN. IS IT EXPENSIVE?

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Excellent choice! The cost of granite counters is comparable to Corian, even less, sometimes while offering more benefits. Counters in granite start at $39 per square foot, or $80 per running foot, for a counter 25″ in length.

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HOW DO I CLEAN MY GRANITE COUNTERTOP?

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Granite is a very durable stone. It is also much harder than marble. Granite has been used in the past in the commercial industry. Some of the obvious applications have been panels on the outside of buildings, walls, and floors of “high-traffic” areas. Granite will withstand almost any element it comes up against including heat and cold. Granite itself is approximately 95-98% stain resistant but, we use a special impregnation on all of our natural stone products. This will insure lasting life and beauty. Polished granite should receive the same cleaning care as polished marble, preferably using specially formulated AGM daily granite cleaner or using a mild phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish-soap, soap flakes or powder which contains no aromatics. Followed by a thorough rinsing and drying with cotton-flannel or chamois. If you are going to go with just plain soap and water, keep in mind that this can lead to soap build up. This, in turn, will dull your countertop’s finish significantly and you don’t want that. Also, plain soap and water will not bring your countertop to a beautiful shine like our ST daily granite cleaner will. When using a granite cleaner, let it sit for about 30 seconds and then wipe it off well using a soft cloth. This will work best

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HOW ARE SEAMS MADE?

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Seams are done where the two pieces of stone are put together. The seams are joined with epoxy that is mixed with the color that matches the stone. Then the joined area is smoothened, leaving only a very thin line visible.

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DOES GRANITE STAIN OR BURN?

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No. You can’t burn it with ordinary use. Granite does not stain. The only caveat is that a few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact. Usually, no evidence remains when the liquid is removed and the granite dries, but could be a problem with dark pigmented liquids. Our installers seal your countertops with a specially formulated stone sealer that is recommended for all granite after installation. Also regular maintaince of the countertops with use of ST daily granite cleaner will give great results because cleaner contains sealer which means that every time the countertop is being cleaned it will be sealed as well.

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DOES GRANITE HAVE ANY PITS OR FISSURES?

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Yes granite has natural pits and fissures that are part of the stones natural structure. Some types of granite have more of such characteristics than other types, and pits can be minimized by applying sealer to the surface of the counter.

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DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT TO COME DOWN TO YOUR PLACE?

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No appointment is necessary; Wisconsin Granite Design is open to the public Monday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm..

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DO I HAVE TO BUY THE WHOLE SHEET/SLAB?

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No. We will determine how much material is needed for your countertops. We do not charge you the price of full slabs. You pay for what is required to fabricate your tops.

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CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PROCESS OF ORDERING WITH YOUR COMPANY?

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The whole process is designed for quality and speed. First, the client picks a stone, we then give the client an estimate based on their specific project. After that an order can be placed with us for a template. From the time the template is made our clients can expect a turnaround time of 14 business days.

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CAN MY GRANITE TOP BE DAMAGED?

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Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect granite under normal circumstances.

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CAN I SET HOT POT ON MY GRANITE COUNTERTOP?

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Granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure combined beneath the earths crust. It can not be affected by heat from a cook top or frying pan. A lit flame placed under the granite will have no melting effect and will not leave any burned or scarred marks…

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WILL MY GRANITE LOOK LIKE THE ONLINE SAMPLE?

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The samples you see on the computer have been scanned and saved as digital images. The color tones may not be absolutely correct due to variations in computer systems, monitors and compression algorithms. Also, granite is a natural material with naturally occurring variations in color, tone, granularity, pattern, etc. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty.

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CAN GRANITE CANTILEVER?

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You can cantilever granite up to 12″ with sufficient support on the fixed end and with a large enough piece. Never cantilever unsupported granite where it might receive excessive stress like someone sitting on a counter or stepping on a counter to change a light bulb. You must have support underneath for these situations.

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CAN GRANITE CHIP?

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Only in cases of severe abuse with a hammer or impact tool. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture. If a chip occurs on your countertop, do not throw out the chipped pieces. We can use them to fix the countertop, so that no one will be able to tell it was ever chipped.

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CAN GRANITE CRACK?

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No, not with regular use. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during shipping and installation. Normal use will not over-stress this durable material.

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CAN I CUT ON MY GRANITE COUNTERTOP?

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Only if you want to ruin your good knives. Granite is harder than your knife blades and will dull them very quickly, if you use the countertop as a cutting surface. Always cut and chop on a wooden or plastic cutting board.

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WHAT IS GRANITE?

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The definition of “granite” varies. A geologist might define granite as a coarse-grained, quartz- and feldspar-bearing igneous rock that is made up entirely of crystals. However, in the dimension stone trade, the word “granite” is used for any feldspar-bearing rock with interlocking crystals that are large enough to be seen with the unaided eye. By this classification, rocks such as anorthosite, gneiss, granite, granodiorite, monzonite, syenite, gabbro and others are all sold under the trade name of “granite”.

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WHAT ARE SOME POPULAR USES OF GRANITE?

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Granite tile, being a very versatile material, can be installed in a great many locations in a residential or commercial project. Some of the more popular uses of granite are halls and foyers. Because of their decorative appearance, the popularity of granite tile in these areas is far from surprising. Granite tile helps to create an ambience of professionalism, strength, and permanence when placed in the foyers and halls of an office building. In the home, a granite tile floor can make all the difference in creating a space that is characterized by a singular, refined beauty that complements the surrounding decor.