How thick is granite?
Granite South uses 3cm granite which is approximately 1 1/4 thick.
How many, type, and location of cutouts?
- Cook Top
What factors can affect the price of granite/quartz/marble?
- Size (use drawing to estimate)
What surface finishes does granite come?
- Polished: Shiny surface and is the most popular
- Honed: A matte finish
- Brushed/Leather: Texture you can feel and see
Will My Granite Look Like The Sample On This Website?
The sample images you see on our website are scanned and saved digital images. We have taken every step available to make these sample representations as accurate as possible. You should not rely on the website images to make a final choice. We encourage you to come visit our showroom where we have over slabs in stock. Nothing can compare to actually viewing and selecting your slab in person. This is the only way to ensure that color, veining and other characteristics on any specific material is to your satisfaction.
Do I Have To Buy The Whole Sheet/slab?
Generally on a stock color you are only paying for the square footage actually used. If the stone you select is a custom order slab then it will be necessary to pay for the entire slab. Slabs are always sold intact. Buying random slabs is similar to buying fabric. Like a seamstress or tailor, your fabricator buys the raw material and sells you a completed installation. In the price is included the cost of transporting the material, making field measurements and templates, cutting, polishing, bringing the pieces to your job site and fitting them into place. How much material he needs is determined by the layout and the amount of waste. The fabricator will lay out your job in a way that will minimize the amount of waste material while maximizing the natural beauty of veining and pattern. At Granite South, our policy is to only make the customer pay for the actual square footage they use of the material unless it is a special order material.
Granite or Quartz?
First things first, granite is a 100% natural stone with lots of colors due to the way its molten materials cool and solidify. Basically there are no two slabs that are the same. Quartz on the other hand is typically 95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resins. Quartz has the look of a natural stone but due to it’s man made origin, it’s a lot more customizable than granite. People typically spend more time looking for the perfect slab of granite whereas the quartz selection process is typically easier because there’s less choices.
The second biggest difference between quartz and granite is the way they’re affected by every-day use. For example, granite is formed under intense heat so it’s naturally resistant to high temperatures. Quartz on the other hand is not. Because quartz isn’t formed the way granite is, it’s a lot more sensitive to heat. You won’t be able to set a hot pot or pan down on quartz because the quartz will warp and it’ll leave marks on your countertop.
Granite and Quartz are both relatively easy to clean. They both require regular cleaning and you shouldn’t let spills settle. The only real difference is that granite should be resealed once a year while quartz doesn’t require resealing.
By this point, you’re probably wondering “so which one should I pick for my kitchen or bathroom?” Honestly it’s all a matter of personal preference. What’s your design scheme like? How much time do you spend in the kitchen? Will heat resistance be an issue you consider when choosing materials? These are all things you should consider when choosing a countertop. Thankfully, your friends at Granite Surfaces of Texas are here to walk you through this journey to finding the perfect natural stone surface.
Why You Should Visit a Showroom Before Choosing Your Granite Countertop
There are thousands of absolutely stunning photos of granite countertops online, but that doesn’t mean you should select a stone based solely on what you see online. The reason for this is that unlike quartz, every piece of granite is different and one piece of granite may look entirely different than another piece of the same color.
Another reason is that a lot of photos on the internet are taken with the best possible lighting and edited so that the countertop stands out.
But back to the topic at hand, if you fall in love with a unique piece of granite online I guarantee the slab in the showroom will look different. But different doesn’t have to mean bad! If you think about it, would you rather order countertops online without knowing what exactly they’ll look like? Or would you want to walk around a show room, look at different slabs of the same color, notice what make them unique, compare the way different stones feel, and then make an informed decision about what you want your kitchen to look like for years to come?
Luckily for you, Granite South has a showroom AND a slab yard! That means you can pick a color you like in the show room and then one of our extremely knowledgeable salespeople can walk you through the slab yard so you can pick out the exact stone that you’re putting in your home! So what are you waiting for? Stop by Granite South let us help you pick out the perfect slab of granite for your new countertops!