Frequently Asked Questions
How to choose stone
There is a huge variety when it comes to stone. You need to decide whether you want a natural or engineered stone, what color will fit best with your space, and finally look at slabs in our live inventory or showroom and find the perfect stone for you.
- Q: How to get the most accurate quote?
Use the “instant quote” tool
to enter in your custom square footage and layout, choose edges, and stone to get an estimate quickly. Alternatively, you can request a free estimate here
- Q: Do I need an appointment to see the showroom?
No. Come by between regular business hours Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm Directions can be found here.
- Q: What's the difference between granite and quartz?
Granite is a natural stone that is very dense and durable with many different variations in color and pattern. Quartz is an engineered stone that is composed of a majority of quartz and a small amount of resin. Quartz is very durable and impervious to stains.
- Q: Where can we see the slabs?
We work with most of the slab yards in San Diego County, if you are interested in a specific color just ask us where you can view the full slabs. You can also come into the showroom to see large samples of all the most popular brands.
- Q: How long does the process usually take?
From point of order to install is usually 10-14 days.
- Q: How much material is needed for a countertop or vanity?
This is determined by the square footage. Use the instant quote tool to calculate square footage and get a quote.
- Q: Do you sell remnants?
Yes! We have a large inventory of remnant, stop by and see if we have something right for you!
- Q: How noticeable are seams
This depends mainly on the type of stone you are using. During the templating process stone veins and patterns can be aligned to minimize seam visibility. Seams are never invisible however some materials seam better than others. If this is important to you ask your rep for more guidance when selecting your stone.
- Q: What is a bookmatched slab?
A bookmatched slab is two slabs from the same batch that are installed to be mirror images of each other.
- Q: What is sealing?
Natural stone countertops are porous, and will absorb materials and lead to unsightly stains. Sealers work by absorbing into the pores to slow absorption of stains.
- Q: Can I use knives on my granite?
Granite is incredibly hard and durable, and very resistant to cuts and scratches. With this being said, the reality is, the hardness will most likely end up hurting your knives. Additionally, liquids from foods being cut on the counter can cause etching or staining.
- Q: How to choosing the right thickness?
The industry standards are 2cm (¾”) or 3cm (1 ¼”) with 2cm being the standard stone thickness for bathrooms, and 3cm being the standard thickness for kitchen counters. These are not strict rules as it comes down to personal preference. Click here
to read more on 2cm vs 3cm