One method you can use to check if your granite needs to be resealed is to sprinkle some water on your countertops. If the water soaks into the stone and does not bead up, then we would recommend resealing your granite.
Stone countertops can weigh up to 30 pounds per square foot. At the time of template, our “Templating” team will make sure your cabinets are structurally sound to handle the weight of your new countertops.
We try extremely hard to avoid seams if possible, but the reality is that the majority of countertops will have a seam no matter how hard we try.
Seams are determined by Kissimmee Granite Inc. depending on countertop layout, slab sizes, support needed, and material usage.
No! Marble is not recommended for use in the kitchen because of its tendency to stain and scratch. However because of its beauty and the classic look, marble is an excellent choice for vanities, wet bars and fireplace surrounds.
Yes, Granite is an extremely tough, durable material and in most cases can be used as a cutting surface without fear of scratching the stone (although knives may dull the surface by repeated cutting on the stone).
Yes, Granite is ideal for kitchens because under normal conditions it will not burn. Granite will not be harmed by hot pots, pans or open flames.
NO, Quartz is a good product for kitchens because under normal conditions it will not burn. However, our experience has shown that the manmade elements of quartz such as the epoxy resin can discolor quartz countertops, Granite will not be harmed by hot pots, pans or open flames.
Granite is a very dense material and under normal conditions it is chip and scratch resistant. However, pots, pans and other heavy objects may chip the square edge around a sink area. Several other edge profiles are available that will look beautiful and reduce the chances of chipping.
In general, no. All stone is porous to some extent, however granite has very little porosity relative to other stones. Most granite colors will never show moisture but some colors will show a dark spot if a puddle of liquid is left on the counter for a period of 30 minutes of more. The spot will eventually dry up and evidence will show. To be safe, be sure that your granite is sealed properly – either by the fabricator or after the granite is installed.
Though not necessary, all granites are sealed. The sealer used is a penetrating sealer that does not change the color of the stone. It penetrates the stone and will help prevent any staining. However, it will not stop the penetration of moisture entirely. When a liquid that might cause staining spills on top, it should be cleaned up as soon as possible.
While it is difficult to permanently repair granite, it is also very difficult to damage it. However, if some damage does occur, granite usually can be repaired by a mix of epoxy and ground up chips of granite.
No. Many granites contain pits and fissures that are natural characteristics of granite. Some granites exhibit these characteristics more than others, and the lighting of the room can make these marks more or less visible. These characteristics should be pointed out to the client prior to deciding on a particular material and pre-approval of the actual slab is recommended.
It is typically safe to have pieces that are approximately 6′ to 8′ long, depending upon the stone type and bowl/cook top configurations.
The 2cm thick stone is approximately 3/4″ thick. The 3cm is approximately 1 3/16″ thick. We recommend using the 3cm for the kitchen countertops for both aesthetic reasons and structural reasons.
For 3cm stone, we recommend supports with overhangs that are 12″ or greater. For 2cm stone, we recommend a cantilevered bracket or corbel that matches the cabinet. The brackets should be spaced every 3′ to 4′.
The best way to attach a dishwasher is to use dishwasher metal bracket ,which can be installed on the top of the cabinets or inside of the cabinets.
There are few requirements when it comes to sinks. In order to maintain the structural integrity of the countertop, we require at least 3″ of stone in front and back of the sink cutout. Kissimmee Granite & Marble Inc. uses metal or aluminum undermount sink brackets that are attached to the granite almost every sink installed. Additionally, we recommend that if 2cm stone is being used, and over mount sink should be provided. Kissimmee Granite & Marble Inc. will need to know the sink type prior to Templating the project.