Countertop FAQs

If you’ve never embarked on a major home renovation or remodel that involves countertops, you might have some questions about how it all works. We’ve compiled an ever-growing list of common questions people have about natural and engineered stone countertops.

While stone countertops have long been veiwed as a luxury amentity of modern homes, there are MANY different options that suit MANY different budgets. It doesn’t hurt to come and see what might work. We sell a turn-key solution with countertops fully installed and no middle man to mark up material, fabrication, and installation.
With so many options for natural and engineered stone, it might be overwhelming to find which on is right for you. Every stone is different and has it’s own care and maintenance needs. Below is a guide of what we consider to be the care requirements of each stone:
  • Easiest – Engineered Quartz – No sealing, resists staining and etching. No worries, super easy!
  • Easy – Granite, Quartzite – Yearly sealing is recommended, but strongly resistant to staining and etching.
  • Moderate – Marble, Travertine, Onyx – High in calcium, these materials can etch and stain fairly easily.
  • Special Cases – Soapstone, Slate – Each of these materials require certain types of care on an “as-needed” basis.
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Depending on the type of damage, most stone countertops can be repaired. Chips and cracks can be filled with epoxy and resin. Some stains can be lifted out with a poultice mix. Etching and watermarks might require polishing of the whole piece.
Because each slab of stone is different it might be unavoidable to have seams in your countertops. Depending on the size of the slab and the size for the project, there might be multiple seams. Our craftsmen use state-of-the-art laser templating programs to lay out your slabs for production. These systems optimize the yield of each slab and help to minimize the number of seams needed.
If you love the look of marble countertops in a kitchen, there are some things you must be aware of before making a decision. Marble can stain and etch very easily. If you want your marble to stay in pristine condition, you will have to be vigilant in it’s care. If not, marble will take on a patina over time. If vigilance isn’t your thing, there are many other options that give you the look of marble without the hassle. engineered quartz and natural quartzite are both options that can give you the style you want.
Allied Stone carries a full line of sinks that will fit a variety of decor options. When your job is templated, you can choose what type of sink you would like and the interior edges will be hand polished.   More information here