A:European Granite Design is a custom fabricator of granite, quartz and marble countertops. We generally work with full sized “slabs” of material (approx. 5-6ft high by 9-10ft long) and 3cm (about 1-1/4”) thick. This means every countertop is custom-tailored specifically to your kitchen design, minimizing the amount of seams and maximizing the beauty! We do nearly all of the “messy” fabrication work in our factory, with the exception of small finishing work on-site to make your counters just right. You are guaranteed professional results from the initial design through fabrication and final installation. In a few cases it does make sense to use the “pre-fab” granite components, and we can easily get them and fabricate counter tops from them if you desire. Watch out for anyone who says they will do work in your driveway off the back of their pickup truck.
A: Using 3cm slabs of granite and quartz allows us to produce an attractive edge profile without the process of “laminating”, or gluing an extra piece on the edges, which creates a seam, and adds significantly to the labor costs. 3cm slab can also cantilever (overhang) farther than 2cm without requiring plywood or other support. However, we are also perfectly adept at fabricating from 2cm slabs, if by chance the exact color you want is not available in 3cm.
A: Most kitchen countertop installations will require at least one or more joints called seams. During layout and design,European Granite Design will always try to minimize the number of seams required, and to locate seams in places which make them less conspicuous. Finally,European Granite Design installers are trained to color-match the joint filler material to enhance their appearance. Seams are created with a permanent, maintenance-free epoxy material, NOT like tile grout in any way!
Maintenance of granite and quartz surfaces is easy. For daily cleaning, a non-abrasive dishwashing liquid is recommended. Although granite is very solid and nearly non-porous, spills left on the surfaces for an extended time period may leave some residual staining – even if sealed properly. Most stains usually dissipate over time on their own. If immediate removal is desired, a stain-lifting poultice powder can be used. Quartz surfaces such as Caesarstone and Zodiaq are billed as “maintenance-free” and do not require sealing – otherwise they feature the same ease of daily cleaning as granite. Marble, because of its mineral makeup, requires a bit more care and maintenance, although in a bathroom which is where we typically install marble surfaces, there are few issues
A: Only if you want to ruin your good knives. Granite and quartz is harder than steel, and will dull knives very quickly if you use the countertop as a cutting surface. Always cut and chop on a wooden or plastic cutting board.
Granite is nearly impervious to typical kitchen cooking temperatures, though you may wish to avoid any risk of damage by using hot-pads or trivets. Quartz surfaces such as Caesarstone and Zodiaq are tolerant of heat up to about 300 degrees F., so you’ll want to use more care around them with very hot cooking surfaces.
Resining natural stone is a procedure meant to fill fissures and pits in the stone. The slabs are first honed to allow the surface of the stone to evenly absorb the resin. The stone is then dried and resin is spread over the entire surface of the stone, and then cured in special ovens. After the resin has cured, the slabs are polished. All excess resin is removed from the face of the slab, leaving only the resin that has filled any fissures or pits – the resin does not “coat” the surface.
You will always hand-pick the exact granite or marble slabs used for your counter tops, either from our local inventory, or at one of our slab suppliers. Quartz surfaces such as Caesarstone and Zodiaq, because they are very consistent in color and texture, are ordered directly from the samples.
California Granite is a highly trained and licensed contractor for countertops, but we are not electricians or plumbers. We can not assume any liability for making electrical, gas, or plumbing connections.