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FAQ 

 

Sealing: All countertops need regular penetrating sealer applied. There are a wide variety of sealers available on the market.

 

Cleaning: You may use lukewarm water or another approved cleaner for natural stone.

 

Scratching: Granite countertops are extremely hard surfaces and very resistant to scratching. Only diamonds, sapphires and topaz are harder, which means granite is extremely durable and able to withstand scratches and long term wear. The top should not be used as a cutting surface since it will dull your knives. The use of cutting boards is recommended.

 

Heat: Granite counter tops are very heat resistant and unlikely to burn or scorch, however, thermal shock or cracks may occur if the counter top is subjected to extreme temperature changes. It is recommended that you protect your counter top from extreme heat by using trivets or hot pads.

 

Cut-Outs: The materials from the sink and cook top cut-outs are not part of the finished product and are not made available to the customer.

 

Seaming: Placement of all seams is at the discretion of Evolve Granite and will typically vary from 1/16" to 1/8" and will be visible to the eye and touch. Every effort will be made to insure that the seam is placed in the best location for structural integrity of the counter top, and to make it aesthetically pleasing. Due to the unique characteristics of granite, it is not possible to guarantee a match in color or veining when seaming two pieces together. Color coordinated epoxy will be used to fill the seam, and blend in for the best possible match for your counter top.

 

Quartz vs. Granite: Quartz Surfaces is very strong, hard and durable. It is 100% non-porous and is stain resistant. Quartz surfaces are maintenance free and do not require the product to be sealed. Granite, Marble and Limestone all have a porosity rating and the consumer will need to periodically seal the stone to reduce staining. Granite, Marble and Limestone have natural characters like fissures and veining.

 

Quartz slabs are typically sized at 120” x 55” which may pose a challenge for some Kitchen design requirements. Granite, Marble, and Limestone have varying slab sizes and should be researched at the local slab yard.

 

Cambria Quartz has over 100 colors all in the same price group whereas Granite, Marble and Limestone have very broad price ranges which may require a custom quote.

 

Granite and Limestone can be used in a variety of outdoor living spaces. Quartz products due to the chemical make-up are not UV stable and will fade under direct sunlight. All stone products perform in a heat/thaw environment. Quartz products are not for exterior applications and will not perform in direct sunlight.

 

Quartz Products have all the commercial certifications and can be used in almost any commercial application whereas Granite, Marble and Limestone may not qualify.

 

 

Care & Maintance

 

Marble, granite or natural stone countertops:

 

Daily:  Wipe off debris with a dry paper towel.  After large debris has been removed wipe down entire countertop with either a 1.) Natural stone, anti-bacterial safe wipe (or) 2.) Natural stone soap or mild dish soap and a clean damp paper towel. Note: All counter tops should be cleaned with a neutral stone soap (pH7) to prevent long term damage to your stone investment.

 

Periodically (granite countertops):  Counter tops should be re-sealed to guard against staining, create easier wipe-up, strengthen counter tops and preserve their natural beauty. There are many good sealers on the market which can reduce the likelihood of staining when applied properly.

 

 

Resources

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Marble Institute of America

 

Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City

 

National Association of Remodel Industry

 

Daltile Slab Yard

 

MS International, Inc.

 

Bedrock Slab Yard

 

Key Distributors / Tile

 

Serenity Sinks

 

Blanco Sinks

 

Cambria Quartz

 

Caesarstone Quartz

 

Silestone Quartz

 

Olathe Chamber of Commerce