What is granite?
Granite rocks are igneous rocks also known as "fire rocks" which were formed by slowly cooling pockets of magma that were trapped beneath the earth's surface. Granite is the hardest of all building stones with a very close grain, making it almost impervious to stains and uniquely applicable for any interior use. If polished, its high-gloss finish will endure even in harsh environments. These characteristics are ideal for countertops and flooring making granite a reliable stone for these applications.
Is granite right for me?
Granite can be manipulated in many ways to accommodate a multitude of applications - kitchen countertops, vanities, islands, bar tops, tabletops, backsplash, fire place surrounds and hearths and more. For most projects, granite is the preferred product of choice by many homeowners. "Money" magazine stated that one of the easiest ways to build equity into your home is by adding granite countertops. It is one of the best investments you can make. Please contact Castle Rock Granite Countertops, Inc. for a free consultation if you are unsure.
Where is my granite from?
Granite is quarried all over the world, including Africa, Brazil, Egypt, India, Italy, Norway and Spain, to name a few. There are also some very lovely veins of granite mined in the United States and Canada as well. When you select your color, we will let you know where it is mined if you are interested in its origin.
Does where my granite originates from affect the price?
Very little. Prices are more affected by the supply and demand placed upon the quarry and more importantly the access to and from the quarry. You’ll find that red and blue tones are a bit higher priced than other colors due to their lack of abundance.
Do you offer any type of finished edges for granite?
Yes. Castle Rock Granite Countertops, Inc. offers many different edges and profiles for your new granite countertops. Five of the most popular edge treatments are included in your base price: flat polish or "pencil roll", 1/2" bevel, 5/8" bevel, half demi and full demi. The flat polish edge profile maximizes the bold appearance and quality of the 3cm thick material. Other edge profiles are available for an extra charge - contact Castle Rock Granite Countertops, Inc. for availability and pricing.
Will granite scratch?
Granite is one of the hardest surfaces available for countertop material. It would be extremely difficult to scratch the surface of a granite countertop from traditional every day use.
Will granite stain?
Granite is a porous material by nature. However, the product is sealed on an annual basis which protects your investment from any staining or discoloration. The sealing process takes about 5 minutes for an average size kitchen. It is very easy and the homeowner only has to do it once per year.
Do all granite kitchen countertops have a high gloss finish?
No, there are several different finishes you can order; the highly polished finish is just the most popular. There is a process called “honing” that gives the stone a more matte finish while it retains its smooth feel.
Will I have visible seams?
Most granite installations will require at least one or more joints called "seams". During layout and design, Castle Rock Granite Countertops, Inc. will always try to minimize the number of seams required in your granite countertops. Finally, Castle Rock Granite Countertops, Inc. installers are highly trained to color-match the joint filler material to minimize visible seams.
Are there other granite colors available?
Yes, any granite color is available by request. Castle Rock Granite Countertops, Inc. maintains a full inventory of colors so that any project - large or small - can be fulfilled quickly from available inventory.
I’ve heard of “high movement” stone. What is it?
Sometimes called “grain in the stone”, “movement” is veins that swirl and change irregularly in granite due to the massive forces at work on it beneath the surface of the earth during the eons it took to form. “Movement” is also affected by trace amounts of other minerals such as hornblende, magnetite, hematite, pyrite, zircon, garnet and corundum. Many people find this flow of blending colors to be the most attractive and compelling quality about granite.
What’s the difference between a drop-in sink and an undermount sink?
A drop-in or self-rimming sink sits on top of the cutout in your granite countertop while an undermount sink sits beneath the cutout. There is generally an extra polishing charge required in preparing a granite countertop for an undermount sink.
Can you reconnect my electrical and plumbing connections?
As a granite fabricator, Castle Rock Granite Countertops, Inc. is not licensed as electricians or plumbers. Therefore, we cannot assume any liability for making electrical or plumbing connections. We can, however, recommend reputable and licensed individuals or companies to complete these tasks for you.
Are there special cleaning requirements for granite?
Maintenance of granite surfaces is easy. For daily maintenance, a solution of clear, non-sudsing ammonia or a mild detergent and water is recommended. Care should be taken to make sure the detergent is non-acidic (no vinegar) and non-abrasive. Your new granite countertops should be sealed once a year. The process is very easy and takes only 3-5 minutes. Sealer and Cleaner can be purchased from Castle Rock Granite Countertops, Inc..