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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Expert Answers installation Slab stone

Questions about how to install a Granite Countertop

ANSWERS - First of all it is odd to have a 1/2" thick granite slab for a countertop.  Maybe you are installing 1/2" granite tiles?  Or maybe you mean you have a 3/4" thick granite?…

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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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Expert Answers Exterior Mechanical Anchored Slab stone

Can Stone Veneer be Mechanically attached to plywood on a Vertical Surface?

ANSWER - Plywood can be used as sheathing on an exterior wall, although it has to be protected with a grade D breathable moisture barrier. Mechanically attaching the stone to the plywood itself is not…

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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

cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance Moisture Problems Slab Stains stone

Why did my Indian Sandstone slabs turn yellow and what can we do about it?

ANSWER - Wow that looks pretty extreme. Considering you could clean it off suggests that the staining is originating on the surface versus within. Considering the covered based has not discolored further suggests that the staining…

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Can a leak in a concrete slab cause a travertine tile to crack?

ANSWER - The only way to determine whether or not the travertine tile cracked as a result of the hot water leak is to perform a forensic inspection by a qualified inspector such as our…

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Backer Board Expert Answers installation Installation Guidelines Slab stone

Should I use mechanical anchors to install my 2cm thick granite stone?

ANSWER - Mechanical anchoring of the stone is always considered the safest method of installation.   If you do use mechanical anchors you need to be aware of the capacity of the particular stone you…

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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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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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