Expert Answers in Slab
What is a Marble Fissure?
ANSWER - The term "fissure" is used commercially in the stone industry to describe a visible separation along intercrystalline boundaries of a natural stone. This separation may start and stop within the field of the…Read More
Is it normal to have a granite countertop have cracks that continue through the stone?
ANSWER - The Natural Stone Institute, formally the Marble Institute of America, Dimension Stone Design Manual states that "Cracks occur in stones as a result of man-made mechanically induced stresses during handling, fabrication, transport, or…Read More
What is the difference between Limestone and Marble?
ANSWER: According to Pizzul Marmi Aurisina's website blog, due to their technical characteristics, stones are particularly suitable for different applications and, indeed, have been used since the ancient times of the Bronze Age in any kind of…Read More
What is the standard if a Stone Fabricator damages a slab and they can't find a matching replacement?
ANSWER - It isn't clear from your description exactly what the conditions are, but generally speaking, if you have a countertop that is book-matched or if the veining is contiguous, and one of the slabs…Read More
What is causing the White Stain on my Granite Countertop and What can I do about it?
ANSWER - I assume you must have an Ubatuba granite counter top. Many granite and other types of stone are treated at the processing plants with sealers or color enhancers or resins to stabilize or…Read More
Is a hollow sounding spot on a marble installed on a floor a problem?
ANSWER - I assume that when you said "tikes" you meant "tile". So I assume you have marble slabs installed on your floor, and that you are saying that an 18 square inch spot on…Read More
How do I get White Lemon Juice Stains out of a Marble Countertop?
ANSWER - Marble is made up mostly of calcium carbonate, which is a material that is sensitive to acid. Lemon juice is acidic with a pH around 2; neutral is a pH of 7. So…Read More
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 (+/-…Read More
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…Read More