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What is marble? Marbles, serpentines, and onyxes are traditionally prizes for their aesthetic appeal, accentuated by distinct veining and often bold colors. They are relatively softer than granite, although some serpentines are as dense as some granites. Marbles can be scratched by kitchen utensils so it is best to use cutting boards and other protective measures. Use only non-abrasive cleaning products as the use of inappropriate cleaning agents may trigger acidic attacks.
What is granite? Granites are the most popular stone types used in countertops today. In addition to being among the hardest of the common countertop stones, these offer high levels of resistance to abrasion and scratching. The primary minerals in granite are resistant to almost all chemicals commonly found in a home.
What is slate? Slates are a softer stone than granites and vulnerable to scratching and abrasion. However, they do have high resistance to chemicals which have made them useful in traditional chemisty laboratory tops. Slates are not naturally smooth with varying finishes to choose from.
What are limestone and travertine? These materials are calcium based similar to marble. Scratches and abrasions remain a concern and is more apparent when the stone is polished. Since they are prone to absorbing water, sealing is the best way to help protect the surface.
What is quartz? It is a countertop product made up of quartz and resins. Today the primary difference from natural stone is the appearance. It comes in a large range of consistent colors which do not occur naturally in nature. Quartz also comes with a standard size. It's recommended by Litchfield Hills Marble and Granite that you have us check the layout of your kitchen to make sure we can have it done without unnecessary seams.
What is the average price for a kitchen countertop? There is no average cost, at least none that would be valuable for any home owner looking to get new countertops. The granite price per square foot will run between $40 to $120 depending upon the color chosen. So, even though an average kitchen has approximately 35 square feet of countertops, the final cost depends on which stone the customer likes.
Will you help me with design and color selection? Yes, we will! And that's an important question. Most of our customers come to us because of our customer service and how we manage to help them with all the details. We recommend them to bring us a sample of their tile and cabinet/cabinet color. The rest is on us! We will ask a few questions to understand what the customer likes and to take them in the right direction. It's also important to understand the design of your home. Even though you may love the modern style, if you have a traditional home, you should stick to a traditional design. We will help you with that!
Will there be a noticeable seam? Many of our customers tell us that other fabricators promised an unnoticeable seam. So let us be honest with you - any seam is noticeable! We have seams in our showroom so the customers can visualize what a seam looks like, and our goal is to avoid seams if possible. Most kitchens require at least one seam, but it all depends on the layout and how long your countertops are.
Can you remove my counters? Yes, we can remove and dispose your old counters but if you're handy or have handy friends, we can also teach you have to do it yourself. Our goal is to help you save money where you can, and allow you to splurge on the centerpiece of your project, which is always the stone.
Do you have remnants? Yes, we have a large granite remnants inventory. We also have remnants and half slabs of engineered stone, marble, limestone, onyx and of course granite and many other types of stone remnants. Stop by and see if we have the stone you want in stock. If not, our management should have no problem finding it for you.
Can I use marble in the kitchen? Yes, you can. Many people use marble in their kitchens and love it. The only thing is, marble is soft and can easily stain. We usually give our customers a cutting board as a gift which can be used in many different ways, helping to avoid stains.
Can I cut on granite? Yes, you can. The right question though, would be if you can cut on any granite. Then the answer would be no. When getting granite countertops, ask us if the granite you like is hard enough to allow you to cut on it.
How often should I seal my countertops? At Litchfield Hills Marble and Granite, we offer the latest technology in sealing. Our free of charge 20 year warranty sealer is available to all of our customers, with no exception. Our granite is durable and easy to care even more than any engineered quartz surface. At our shop, we will apply the first four quotes of our sealer, allowing each application to dry. After the countertops are installed and the seams are filled, one last coat is applied at your house. Ask one of our sales reps for more information on how you can protect your investment.