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
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?
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
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?
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.