Counter tops Expert Answers Slab Standards stone

Are there tolerances for natural stone edge profiles to be consistent looking?

ANSWER - The Marble Institute of America (MIA) Dimension Design Stone Manuel Version 8 says for bullnose or other rounded shaped profile edges that the allowable tolerance is no more variation than +/- 1/32 (+/-…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Counter tops Expert Answers Removal

Do I need to have containment and silica dust control when I remove my tile counter top?

ANSWER - Last year OSHA issued rules to limit workers' exposure to respirable crystalline silica.  The rule that went into effect on June 23, 2016 cuts the respirable silica PEL from 100ug/m3 for an 8-hour…

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cleaning Counter tops Expert Answers Maintenance Slab stone

Why is it that my granite counter top feels rough?

ANSWER - Granite countertops are normally fabricated to a high polished surface that makes it easier to maintain. Lately, some quartzite and granite countertops are fabricated and installed with a leather finish.  This is a…

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Counter tops Expert Answers Maintenance selection Stains stone

What is the best type of material to use on a laboratory counter top?

ANSWER - The best counter tops for laboratories that is known to be chemical resistant is soapstone.  It is a natural stone that has been used for many years in these types of applications.  It comes…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Counter tops Expert Answers installation Movement Joints stone

What is the Best Caulking to Use between a Tile Backsplash and a Granite Countertop?

ANSWER - You should use an ASTM C920 silicone sealant suitable for granite. Laticrete has a product called Latasil that comes in many colors. Dow Corning has a product called 795 or 790 that comes in a…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Counter tops Expert Answers installation selection

Can Tile be installed on Counter Tops so it does not make noise when plates come into contact with it?

ANSWER - Ceramic tile or porcelain, which is a type of ceramic tile, are dense materials so they do make noise if you bang something against it. It is possible to install a foam backer…

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Counter tops Expert Answers selection Slab Standards stone

The granite sample I approved does not match the granite countertop I received. What can I do about it?

ANSWER - Based on the few photos you provided, I don’t think the white background sample you approved is representative of the salmon background countertop that you got. Read More

Counter tops Slab stone

Why did my black granite Counter Top discolor?

ANSWER - Many granite slabs are treated with resin color enhancers to make the granite slab look better. If the granite slab's polished surface was adjusted then the fabricator should have repaired it so it…

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Counter tops Exterior installation Maintenance sealers selection Slab stone

What should I take into Consideration in Selecting a Granite for an Exterior Countertop?

ANSWER - First of all let me give you some background info to consider.  Not all granite, or stones in general, are made equal by mother nature.   Being a natural material the physical properties can…

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