If you are looking for countertop materials and installations in Ann Arbor, there are a few questions that you may have. We've created this guide to answer some of the most common countertop installation questions we receive.
Will there be noticeable joints or seams with my new countertops?
This depends on the material that you choose and the fabrication and installation process. There may be some visible seams with granite, quartz, or marble countertops. If you are looking for a seamless look, then consider engineered stone or solid surface materials. Our goal is to make your countertop installation look seamless and unnoticeable.
How do I know what material to choose?
There are several factors that we will take into consideration in order to help you select the best possible countertop choice for your project. We can explore all options together and come up with a few suggestions based on budget, design, and lifestyle. Our most popular materials are granite, quartz, and marble, but we also offer a variety of other materials like solid surface and laminate.
How do I care for my new countertops?
Depending on the material you choose, your countertops will require different levels of care. Solid surface materials can be cleaned with most household cleaners and a damp cloth. Granite and quartz should be sealed once a year with a quality sealant to protect them from spills and staining. Marble can also be stained and etched easily, so it is important to use a pH-neutral cleaner and a soft cloth to clean it.
What is the installation process like?
The installation process will vary depending on the material that you choose and the contractor that you hire. Most countertops can be installed in one day, but it is important to allow for enough time for the adhesive or sealant to cure properly. If you are working with one of our contractors, be sure to discuss the installation process and your availability with them in advance.
Do I have to remove my existing countertop before installation?
No, you don't have to worry about finding a way to get rid of your old countertop. Our team can take care of any demolition or removal that is necessary. We will leave the area clean and free of debris. Our contractors are experienced in all types of countertop installations, so you can rest assured that your new countertops will be installed quickly and professionally.
Can I choose my own countertops?
Yes, you can definitely select the countertops that you want for your home. We have a wide variety of materials to choose from, and we can help you find the perfect fit for your needs. We carry several different types of material, including granite, quartz, marble, and solid surface. If you are unsure of what you want, we can provide you with a few different options to choose from.
Will granite or quartz scratch?
Granite and quartz are both very durable materials that can withstand a great deal of wear and tear. However, they may scratch if something is dragged across the surface. It is important to avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on these materials. Your installation technician will be able to provide you with more information about how to care for your new countertops.
Can I cut directly on my new countertop?
While granite and quartz are extremely durable materials, it is not recommended to cut directly on them. Cutting on these materials can cause scratches and may damage the surface. It is best to use a cutting board when preparing food. If you need to cut something on your countertop, we suggest using a small tile or section of marble that is not visible to guests.
What is the difference between stone and granite countertops?
Stone countertops are made from natural materials, such as marble, granite, or limestone. Granite countertops are made from a manufactured material that is composed of 93% quartz and 7% resin. This makes granite more durable and resistant to scratches than stone countertops.
I have an existing countertop that I'm not happy with - can it be replaced?
Yes, we can definitely replace your old countertop with a new one. We have a wide variety of materials to choose from, so you can find the perfect fit for your needs. We carry several different types of material, including granite, quartz, marble, and solid surface.