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Q: What are the differences between stone types?

  • GRANITE - the hardest of the most popular stones. It is an igneous rock primarily made up of quartz and feldspars. It is unaffected by weather and therefore, an excellent choice for exterior use. It's popularity is growing for interior applications as well.

  • MARBLE- a metamorphic crystalline rock composed primarily of calcite, dolomite or serpentine. Marble is best used in low traffic areas because the polished surface can scratch. It is used predominantly for bath vanities, shower stalls, fireplaces and furniture tops. Marble must be sealed.

  • LIMESTONE - a softer, but still durable stone that also must be sealed. It is a sedimentary rock composed of calcite and dolomite. Limestone is mainly fabricated with a honed finish and is used in the same applications as marble.

  • SLATE - a metamorphic rock derived from sedimentary shale rock. It is popular because of its relatively low cost and ability to be resurfaced easily. It is most often used for pavers, flooring, fireplaces and countertops.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: At Castle Rock, we fabricate and install countertops for entire kitchens as well as other things. While our prices all depend on the project, we offer competitive pricing while maintaining top-quality service. The stone thickness, type of edging and the surface finish you select are factors when pricing stone for specific jobs. In short, every job is custom. We will be pleased to provide an estimate for your unique project and offer many options.


Q: Will granite scratch?
A: Granite is by far the most durable and hardest stone, which is why granite is recommended for heavy traffic areas such as floors and kitchen countertops. It is not, however, invincible. Harsh abrasives such as sandpaper, diamonds and even another piece of granite can scratch the surface. If granite is damaged, it can be repaired on-site by a qualified fabricator.


Q: Can I put hot pots on my granite countertop?
A: Yes! Granite will not burn or melt like other solid surface materials, but avoid placing pots or pans filled with hot cooking oils, due to the extremely high temperature and risk of damaging or discoloring the sealer.


Q: Is it difficult to clean?
A: Caring for your granite is simple. Clean your granite with mild dishwashing liquid and warm water (do not use too much cleaner, as that may leave a film and cause streaks). Then wipe granite surfaces thoroughly with a clean, soft, damp cloth.


Q: Does granite stain?
A: While granite is extremely dense, it still contains tiny pores. Some natural stone needs to be sealed to prevent stains. Marble and limestone are more porous than granite, so they are more susceptible to staining. Castle Rock initially seals your stone countertops with a liquid silicon impregnator to help resist staining. Your granite will need to be re-sealed from time to time. A good indication that your granite needs to be re-sealed is when water takes longer to evaporate from the stone.


Q: Can I install stone countertops myself?

A: Yes you can. One of the most critical things about installing stone countertops is making sure that the surface it rests on is perfectly level. Care must be taken to shim your cabinets so that there are no voids between the cabinetry and the stone. Stone countertops are extremely heavy and can be susceptible to breakage if not handled properly. It is often best to leave the difficult jobs to the professionals. If you plan a do-it-yourself stone project, you must provide templates as well.


Q: How long does it take?

A: Timing is dependent upon the overall scope of the project, but fabrication for an average size kitchen takes approximately 3-5 days. Larger or more intricate jobs, as well as commercial jobs requiring numerous slabs and detail work can take 2 to 3 weeks.


Q: Can stone be fabricated for curved walls?

A: Yes. Although the process is more time-consuming, Castle Rock can ensure a perfect fit, even on curves.


Q: Can anything be done to improve safety when stone is installed on steps, for example?

A: Absolutely. Castle Rock always applies safety treads filled with abrasive to minimize the risk of slipping.