Selecting Material – Visit our showroom
We have over 100 colors of Granite & Quartz available at our showroom. You are welcome to come in and choose the color that best suits you. Bring any small objects like a cabinet door/drawer, paint chips, flooring, tiles, or any other essential features of your room to help with your selection. Our sales staff will help you pick the most suitable granite for your job. We also offer small samples of certain granite to take home and match to your cabinets.
Getting an estimate
When you come by our showroom please try to have a sketch with dimensions so we can give you an accurate estimate. If you submit the job detail online, we will call or e-mail you with a free estimate. Below are the steps you should take in order to measure your countertops:
Step 1 Draw a sketch of your kitchen; include countertop, back splash, sink and island/peninsula positions, and appliance locations. Use this sketch to record the dimensions. The sketch does not have to be perfect.
Step 2 Use a tape measure to measure each section of your countertop in inches. Start by measuring the length of your counter from one end of the counter to the other. Then measure the depth of the counter from the wall or back of the counter to the front for each section.
Step 3 Calculate odd shaped sections or corner pieces by measuring from the longest point lengthwise and the longest point depthwise. It may help to envision this odd shapes portion as a square or rectangle. Or draw a sketch of the irregular countertop, then measure all the edges in inches.
Step 4 Four ways for giving us your sketch: 1) Take the sketch to Quality Granite's showroom. 2) Call Quality Granite at 412-434-8900 with dimensions. 3) Send the sketch via email or Contact Us section on our website. 4) Fax to 412-434-8901.
The following information needs to be confirmed during the measurement.
- all sinks/cooktops/faucet holes are checked
- overhang, general support and any personal preferences will be discussed.
- seam placement will be discussed
With the templates done, we can scheduled you an appointment to visit Quality Granite and map out the templates on the actual slabs. We prefer your input because there are some parts of the granite pattern that you might want to use in certain areas of the countertops.
When we cut your slab we will look at al thel details such as where is the best spot for seam, direction of veining, etc,. We complete all major cuts and polishing in our workshop. Some minor cuts and polishing may be done on job site. The exposed edges are hand crafted by our expert polishers.
At installation, we ask that you clear the work area of any objects and clear a path for the installers to carry the granite in your kitchen. This will help you to protect your items from the dust. For average size kitchen countertop, installation takes around 3-4 hours. For average size vanity countertops, the installation will take around 1-2 hours.
When the installation is completed, our installers will clean up the working area before they leave. The installation can require some final cutouts to be made in your home. Please keep in mind that this is a major remodeling job and there may be some residual dust over the next couple of days. Please be sure to check any of your items left in the cabinets. We recommend that all drawers be removed. Any items under the cook top and the sink cabinets must be removed to allow access. Some dust can result even though our installers are equipped to catch the majority of it.
After finishing, the installer will do a walk through and answer any questions that you may have. Approving the installation paperwork confirms that you are satisfied with the work
Care & Maintenance
Because marble and granite are both natural stones and porous, it is recommended that you treat the counter with a protective sealer to best prevent stains on the surface. The sealer fills in the pores and repels spills on the surface, allowing you time to completely wipe it away.
Although we usually think of stone as "hard," it is a porous material. Natural stone has varying degrees of porosity depending on the type of stone. Even a sealed surface can stain if left in contact with a staining agent for a long period of time. Therefore, all spills should be wiped up as soon as possible. Soft drinks, coffee, tea, and fruit juices contain mild acids and can etch the polished surface of a stone and stain quite rapidly. These should be cleaned off immediately with a mild soap and lukewarm water. If left unsealed, spills and everyday messes can easily penetrate the surface. The liquid will eventually evaporates but the stain will be left behind.
We recommend that you apply sealer after the countertops are installed.