Frequently asked questions
Will natural stone stain?
Yes, it can. All natural stones have a minute level of porosity and can stain and etch, including granites. Sealers DO NOT totally prevent staining as they are a moisture barrier only, yet they will help to give you a fair amount of time to wipe up spills. Serious stains can be almost completely removed and any etching can be resurfaced if either is truly bothersome to you.
Will my stone countertop chip?
It can with heavy abuse. Small chips can occur around the sink or near an edge and can be easily repaired. A colored epoxy with small pieces of stone aggregate is used to fill in small areas. If you get a larger chip, save the piece so it can be used to repair the damaged area.
Will natural stone scratch?
It depends on the stone. Natural stone countertops will not scratch under normal use, but keep in mind that stone surfaces are scratch resistant, not scratch proof. It’s best to consult a professional stone supplier or fabricator to determine what kind of stone is best for your lifestyle and application.
Can stone countertops be repaired?
Yes. If minor damage does occur, natural stone usually can be repaired using a mix of epoxy and ground-up chips of stone. If your countertop is severely damaged or cracked, it may need to be replaced. Consult your stone installer regarding repairs.
Will seams be noticeable?
Seams are joints where two pieces of stone meet or join together. Although stone slabs are very big, most countertop applications require a seam. If you have curves, arches, or long spans of countertop space, usually a seam is required. Hire a good fabricator and seams are barely noticeable.
Will natural stone countertops fade in direct sunlight?
No. Natural stone and even solid surfaces will not fade in sunlight.
Does natural stone or quartz add value to my home?
Yes. Stone surfaces in your home will always add more resale value than any other surfacing material. Stone and quartz countertops are very desirable to homebuyers, especially throughout the kitchen. Stone countertops will last a lifetime, which means that after the cost of the initial installation (with proper maintenance and care) they never need to be replaced.
What are the most popular surface finishes?
Natural stone surfaces can be finished in a variety of ways but polished, honed and leathered are the most popular.
Can I use a natural stone surface outdoors exposed to the elements?
Yes. Outdoor countertops add a beautiful complement to pool areas, decks, and patios but require more maintenance; especially in regions with seasonal changes. When considering natural stone for outdoor countertops, be sure to select a hard stone. Some types of stone are softer than others and will weather and stain easier. Talk to your designer or fabricator to make sure you are selecting an appropriate stone for your outdoor application and climate.