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Granite & Its Features

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WHAT IS GRANITE?

Granite is a traditional countertop material offering a variety of unique colors and patterns. It is a coarse-grained, crystalline, igneous rock primarily composed of feldspar and quartz. Granite forms from slowly cooling magma that is subjected to extreme pressures deep beneath the earth’s surface. It is a dense, natural material that is quarried from all around the world. Large blocks of granite are quarried from mountains, then the blocks are processed into slabs. Slabs are then fabricated into countertops.

ADVANTAGES

  • Once properly sealed, a granite countertop is virtually impervious to stains.
  • Granite countertops are durable and resistant to abrasions and extreme heat.
  • Slabs come in larger sizes and allow more control over seam placement than most manufactured products.

DISADVANTAGES

  • Granite requires annual maintenance. We recommend the application of a penetrating sealer annually or bi-annually.
  • Color consistency can vary greatly, even within the same slab of material.

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SLAB SIZES & THICKNESS OF MATERIAL

Slab length can range from approximately 110″-126″

Slab height can range from approximately 58″- 80″

Slabs are available in two different thicknesses….

2cm (approx. 3/4”)

3cm (approx. 1&1/4”)

OVERHANG GUIDELINE

3cm Granite can have a maximum overhang of 10” from the cabinet without any additional support.

2cm Granite can have a maximum overhang of 6” from the cabinet without any additional support.

If a larger overhang is requested, then additional counter supports will be necessary.

With additionally approved supports, the overhang can extend past the support up to 5”.

WARRANTY INFORMATION:

1. This warranty covers failures caused by defects (inherent characteristics are not defects) from improper measuring and/or improper installation, that may occur within the first year after the original installation of the product. This is not a material replacement warranty.

2. This warranty will not cover those failures that arise from any physical or chemical abuse, staining, improper maintenance, excessive heat, excessive weight or pressure, or any “settling” that occurs to the cabinets or to the residence in which the product has been installed.

3. ALL Remnant Sales are Final.

Quartz & Its Features

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WHAT IS MANUFACTURED QUARTZ?

Manufactured Quartz is an engineered stone. Fashioned from a mixture of crushed quartz and other various resin and bonding materials, quartz is a non-porous surface that resists scratches and is easy to maintain. It requires none of the annual sealing that is needed to extend the life of a natural stone product like granite or marble.

There are many different manufacturers of this same product, each of them offering their own unique characteristics. Depending on your need and price range, there is a perfect quartz line for each customer’s taste.

ADVANTAGES

  • Maintenance free – no sealing required
  • Resists heat, scratches & stains
  • Consistent slab sizing & material color allows for easy design

DISADVANTAGES

  • This product is not rated to be installed outdoors. Direct sunlight will eventually break down the resins in the material. This is one of the only downsides to choosing Quartz.

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SLAB SIZES & THICKNESS OF MATERIAL

Slab length can range from approximately 118″-132″

Slab height can range from approximately 54″- 65.5″

Slabs are available in two different thicknesses….

2cm (approx. 3/4”)

3cm (approx. 1&1/4”)

OVERHANG GUIDELINE

3cm Quartz can have a maximum overhang of 12” from the cabinet without any additional support.

2cm Quartz can have a maximum overhang of 7” from the cabinet without any additional support.

If a larger overhang is requested, then additional counter supports will be necessary.

With additional approved supports, the overhang can extend past the support up to 5”.

WARRANTY INFORMATION:

1. This warranty covers failures caused by defects (inherent characteristics are not defects) from improper measuring and/or improper installation, that may occur within the first year after the original installation of the product. This is not a material replacement warranty.

2. This warranty will not cover those failures that arise from any physical or chemical abuse, staining, improper maintenance, excessive heat, excessive weight or pressure, or any “settling” that occurs to the cabinets or to the residence in which the product has been installed.

3.ALL Remnant Sales are Final.

4. All manufacturer warranties are in place. Warranty details vary per manufacturer. See manufacturer websites for more details on each company’s specific commercial & residential warranties.

Quartzite & Its Features

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WHAT IS QUARTZITE?

This is the very question that has been plaguing our industry these days. The scientific definition of quartzite is a metamorphic rock made almost entirely of the mineral Quartz.

Its geologic cycle starts from simple grains of sand, compressed over time to create sandstone. The sandstone then gets compressed and heated again causing the sand grains to fuse together forming the durable rock we call quartzite. This is not to be confused with the manufactured product people are now calling quartz.

There is a misconception that quartzites do not need to be sealed but the need for a sealant is determined by the porosity of the stone. Just because a stone is labeled a quartzite does not mean it will not absorb water or oils. Due diligence is needed when determining what type of quartzite you are going to use. See our Blogs & Articles Page for additional quartzite information…

ADVANTAGES

  • Extremely hard and durable surface
  • Larger slab sizes which can help minimize the need for seams

DISADVANTAGES

  • Color matching for quartzite seams can be more difficult due to the great variation of underlying color from one part of the slab to another.
  • Price is at the higher end of the pricing spectrum. Expect to pay twice what you would for granite.

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SLAB SIZES & THICKNESS OF MATERIAL

Slab lengths: Approx. 115″-132″

Slab heights: Approx. 65″- 80″

Slabs are available in two different thicknesses….

2cm (approx. 3/4”) * In this region 2cm quartzite slabs are usually not available.

3cm (approx. 1&1/4”)

OVERHANG GUIDELINE

3cm Quartzite can have a maximum overhang of 8-10” (depending on the stone) from the cabinet without any additional support.

2cm Quartzite can have a maximum overhang of 4” from the cabinet without any additional support.

If a larger overhang is requested, then additional counter supports will be necessary.
With additionally approved supports, the overhang can extend past the support up to 3”.

WARRANTY INFORMATION:

1. This warranty covers failures caused by defects (inherent characteristics are not defects) from improper measuring and/or improper installation, that may occur within the first year after the original installation of the product. This is not a material replacement warranty.

2. This warranty will not cover those failures that arise from any physical or chemical abuse, staining, improper maintenance, excessive heat, excessive weight or pressure, or any “settling” that occurs to the cabinets or to the residence in which the product has been installed.

3. ALL Remnant Sales are Final.

Marble & Its Features

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WHAT IS NATURAL MARBLE?

The geologic definition of marble is a metamorphic rock predominately consisting of fine- to coarse-grained, recrystallized calcite and/or dolomite. It has a texture of relatively uniform crystals ranging from very large (inches) to very fine, small, uniform-sized crystals.

While marble is a beautiful natural stone with huge aesthetic appeal, there are certain characteristics that should be considered before finally deciding to use it for your project. These are its ability to scratch, etch and stain.

A sealant is a great barrier against staining, considering the tops have been sealed properly. Some stones will take just one sealant coat while others may take multiple coats to ensure that the surface isn’t penetrable. Each stone variety will have a different porosity. This is what determines a stone’s ability to stain. It also affects how often it needs to be sealed and how many coats.

Staining isn’t the only thing to consider before you finalize your decision. Some types of marble are easily scratched and this is something you will want to be aware of before you purchase. Stone density is measured by a scale called the Mohs Hardness Scale. It rates stones from 1-10, from softest to hardest. Marble rates about a 4, while granite and quartzite will be rated around a 7 or 8. There are some marbles that are denser and, for that reason, may scratch less easily than others, but that doesn’t mean you are out of the woods yet.

Etching is the final, perhaps most prevalent, issue that needs to be addressed before you choose marble for your countertops. Etching is a reaction that happens to a stone made of marble. Calcites, dolomites and onyxes are all considered to be in the marble family. If you see a slab that is labeled Calcite or Dolomite, you can be assured that the stone will etch if it comes into contact with anything acidic.Many things we use in our kitchen everyday have acidic properties…lemons, limes, oranges, tomatoes, tomato sauce and vinegar. Even milk is an acidic, on the low end of the spectrum, but still acidic.

Still considering marble for your project? A simple conversation with us about what you want is the best place to start. There’s always a perfect product for each customer’s lifestyle! See our Blogs & Articles Page for additional marble information…

ADVANTAGES

  • Slabs are unique with beautiful colors and movement
  • Good for baking – marble countertops naturally stay cool and always remain below room temperature. This creates the ideal working surface for bakers using chocolate, dough, pastriesor ice cream.

DISADVANTAGES

  • Color matching for seams can be more difficult due to the great variation of underlying color from one part of the slab to another.
  • Cost is at the higher end of the pricing spectrum.
  • Stains and scratches easily.

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SLAB SIZES & THICKNESS OF MATERIAL

Slab lengths: Approx. 99″-123″

Slab heights: Approx. 58″- 72″

Slabs are available in two different thicknesses….

2cm

(approx. 3/4”)

3cm

(approx. 1&1/4”)

OVERHANG GUIDELINE

3cm Marble can have a maximum overhang of 8-10” (depending on the stone) from the cabinet without any additional support.

2cm Marble can have a maximum overhang of 4” from the cabinet without any additional support.

If a larger overhang is requested, then additional counter supports will be necessary.
With additionally approved supports, the overhang can extend past the support up to 3”.

WARRANTY INFORMATION:

1. This warranty covers failures caused by defects (inherent characteristics are not defects) from improper measuring and/or improper installation, that may occur within the first year after the original installation of the product. This is not a material replacement warranty.

2. This warranty will not cover those failures that arise from any physical or chemical abuse, staining, improper maintenance, excessive heat, excessive weight or pressure, or any “settling” that occurs to the cabinets or to the residence in which the product has been installed.

3. ALL Remnant Sales are Final.

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