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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Our answers to the questions we are most frequently asked

CAN MARBLE BE USED FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS?

Yes, it is possible, but we do not recommend it. When looking at the current trend, we can see that marble is most often used in kitchens. However, marble is more fragile than granite and wears out more easily. Also, since marble is more porous than granite, it’s more prone to staining and scratching. Unlike granite or quartz, its appearance is likely to change over time as a patina forms on the marble, causing the stone to appear older. To protect this very porous stone, it’s essential to seal it frequently.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SEAL MY STONE? WHICH METHOD SHOULD I USE?

Natural stones are usually quite porous, which is why we recommend treating or sealing your surfaces. Specialty products should be favored when looking to protect stone surfaces from potential damages.
To preserve the quality of the material, it’s important to seal it every 2 years. There are several methods used for applying sealers: spray, roll or white cotton. Come see us in store for expert advice on the products that are best suited to your needs.

HOW TO KNOW IF MY COUNTERTOP REQUIRES A NEW SEALANT?

There is a very simple way to know whether your countertop needs a new sealant or not. Just pour a little water on the stone and watch how it reacts. If your countertop is still waterproof, the water droplets will pearl away from the surface. If the wet surface becomes darker and absorbs water, that means that your stone needs a new treatment.

DOES STONE QUALITY DEPEND ON THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN?

While the characteristics of natural stones may vary depending on their place of origin, the originating country is not a measure of quality in and of itself. Rather, it is the manufacturing process and finish that will enhance the appearance of a natural stone. Our primary concern is to provide top quality stone.

WHY IS NATURAL STONE BETTER THAN ARTIFICIAL STONE?

Unlike artificial stones, which appear reiterative and standardized, natural stones are unique. Each natural stone has distinctive features, whether in texture, color or composition. These stones take millions of years to form and their characteristics widely differ according to place of origin. By choosing a natural stone, you can have confidence in achieving a personalized décor with a unique touch.

DOES THE PRICE OF A STONE VARY DEPENDING ON QUALITY?

No. You can easily find a high-quality stone at an affordable price. Variations in the price of stone depend primarily on market influences like supply and demand.

ARE POLISHED GRANITE SURFACE COMPLETELY SMOOTH?

Even after polishing, some tiny holes will always remain on the surface of granite. These are the result of the stone’s natural formation and do not affect its quality. However, this phenomenon is less present in certain types of granite.

WILL MY COUNTERTOP HAVE SEAMS?

If the addition of a seam is necessary, we will inform you right away. Adding a seam is sometimes inevitable for practical reasons such as accessibility. Your countertop measurements and the size of available stone cuts are also factors that can determine the need for seams.

CAN GRANITE AND QUARTZ BE DAMAGED?

These materials are not prone to scratches and other damage. However, strong impact from a heavy object can potentially break a granite or quartz stone. We can easily fix this type of damage for you (at your expense). It’s also important to know that quartz can only be polished once.

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