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Can you cut on stone countertops?
Using knives directly on your natural or engineered stone countertops will not scratch the surface. However, repeated use as a cutting surface will dull your knives. The steel in your knifes are softer then the mineral composition (quartz) of your stone countertops. We suggest you use a wood or acrylic cutting surface for food preparation.
Can you set hot pans directly on stone countertops?
Absolutely! Stone countertops are heat resistant…but not heat proof! There is always a possibility of thermal shock. Under normal circumstances, a pot or pan heated to 500°F will not harm the surface of your countertops, but it is still suggested to use a trivet or hot pad, as excessive heat might cause scars or cracks on the surface.
Do stone countertops chip/scratch?

Not under normal conditions. Engineered stone and granite are the most resistant to scratching and chipping as they have a higher concentration of quartz, which is the third strongest mineral on earth (diamond is the strongest). Softer materials such as marble and travertine are more susceptible to chips and scratches. Scratches and chips typically occur because of abuse and misuse.
What affects the pricing of granite and marble countertops?
Our pricing is simplified into three sections: Material Selection, Labor, and Options. Material is priced by the cost and quantity of the slabs. Labor is based on square footage of the project and edge profile desired. Available options include a polished cutout for an undermount sink, a backsplash, or a tear-out of existing countertops.
How do stone countertops compare to other solid surface countertops?
Stone countertops are significantly more durable than solid surface materials, including Corian® and other acrylic-based surfaces. Additional engineered materials carry extended warranties. Stone countertops are a desired product and raise the value of a home.
Can stone countertops stain?
It is possible to stain stone countertops. Staining, in most cases, is caused by abuse and misuse. Most “ordinary stains” can be removed by various processes but can be costly and time consuming. Sealing your countertops DO NOT prevent staining but can slow the penetration of the “stain” so you have more time to tend to it. We suggest that you seal your surfaces and clean spills immediately as they occur.
What do I use to clean my countertops?
Avoid any cleaner with ammonia (such as Windex®) as it will dull the finish of the surface. Mild soap and water is a good alternative to a stone cleaner. We suggest using DuPont™ StoneTech® Professional Revitalizer® Cleaner and Protector as your everyday cleaner.  Find it here.
What are the differences between ¾-inch (2 cm) and 1-1/4-inch (3 cm) material for countertops?
3 cm material is a standard used throughout the world. The western states are making a transition toward 3cm. A good rule of thumb is that 3 cm is suitable for countertops, and 2 cm is suitable for shower walls or for use when remodeling a vanity or kitchen but keeping the existing cabinets.

 

 
Featured Testimonial

Hi Diko,

We returned home from Clovis late yesterday and yes...I have seen our travertine floors...and Judy and I are very happy with them. Kirk did an excellent job. He's a real meticulous craftsman and we really appreciate his good work. Please pass along our sincere thanks.

Diko, again, thanks for your help on both the granite and the travertine. This has all worked out very well for us and it was great to get things done in a high quality and timely manner. Going forward, if I can ever serve as a reference for Prestige...just let me know. I'll be glad to do it.

Regards, Dave