Stone is buffed and polished in the shop, and will remain polished unless etched by chemicals. Stone is porous, so any substance left on it for an extended amount of time will soak in. Any extremely alkaline or acidic substances can etch stone, which will dull the polish. Sealing the stone will help prevent the dulling of the polish by repelling these chemicals from settling into the stone. However, if the stone is already etched, sealing it will not restore the shine. Only re-polishing by a stone fabricator can restore the shine of the top.
Normally, stone is fabricated in the shop and then installed on site. However, there are times where stone will have to be cut on site, such as to shorten splashes or to fit the top to the wall.
Our stone sealer prevents staining and etching on all natural stone. To seal tops, we first clean them with acetone, and then wipe the sealer onto the top until it permeates the surface. Sealer should be left to dry and set for twenty-four hours before anything is set on the tops.
Natural stone does emit some radiation, but it is not enough to cause harm. In fact, the earth itself as well as some foods (such as bananas) emit small amounts of radiation. Natural stone emits no VOC’s, and is completely safe for both residential and commercial use. For more information, visit the Marble Institute of America.
Natural stone is one of the most durable, green materials on the market. Not only does it last for decades (or even centuries), it is 100% recyclable after use. For more information regarding the sustainable qualities of stone, visit this Marble Institute of America page.
Most seams in natural stone are noticeable when up close. However, we use an epoxy material to color match the stone with the seam so that it blends with the two adjoining counter tops.
According to the Marble Institute of America, natural stone can be cantilevered up to nine inches without support. If more than nine inches is cantilevered, corbels or supports must be use to ensure the stone does not break due to excess weight.
Marble is a beautiful and excellent choice for any design project, exhibiting classic veining and patterns that cannot be found in other natural stones. However, marble requires a bit more care than other natural stones or engineered quartz. It is softer and more porous, and therefore etches and stain more easily than other stones. As long as all abrasive substances are kept away and the marble is cleaned and re-sealed often, this functional stone will provide years of beauty and uniqueness to your project.
In general, no. All stone, however, is porous to some extent, but granite has very little porosity. Most colors will never show any moisture. A few colors may show some moisture if exposed for a period of time. Our granite has a sealer applied at the job site after the granite has been installed to help to protect against staining.