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Stone Information

 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 natural stone, 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.

 

  Care & Maintenance

Daily:  Wipe off debris with a dry paper towel.  After large debris has been removed, wipe down the 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 and marble 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.

 

Quartz vs. Natural Stone

 Quartz:

  • is very strong, hard and durable

  • is 95% ground natural quartz and 5% resin injected

  • is 100% non-porous and is stain resistant

  • maintenance free and do not require the product to be sealed

  • Slabs are typically sized at 120” x 55” which may pose a challenge for some kitchen design requirements. 

  • Hue and pattern are consistent from slab to slab. 

  • due to the chemical make-up and are not UV stable and will fade under direct sunlight

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

 

 Natural Stone- Granite, Marble and Limestone:

  • have a porosity rating and sealer will need to periodically be applied to reduce staining

  • have natural characters like fissures and veining

  • each slab has unique characteristics and can vary slightly in hue and pattern 

  • are offered in varying slab sizes and should be researched at your local fabricator

  • perform in a heat/thaw environment, so most be used in outdoor living spaces

 

  

Resources

  

Stone Supplier's:

  

Daltile

 

MS International, Inc.

 

Bedrock

 

Manufacturer Material Information:

  

Serenity Sinks

 

Blanco Sinks

 

Cambria Quartz

 

Caesarstone Quartz

 

Silestone Quartz

 

Polarstone and Ellipse Quartz

 

MSI "Q" Quartz

 

Daltile ONE Quartz

 

 Additional Resources:

 

Blanco Interactive Sink Colour

 

Bedrock Kitchen Designer

 

MSI Kitchen Visualizer 

 

MSI Bathroom Visualizer

 

MSI Edge Visualizer

 

Caesarstone Visualizer

 

Marble Institute of America

 

      Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City

 

    National Association of Remodel Industry

 

Olathe Chamber of Commerce