Frequently Asked Questions for Countertops

This is a list of popular questions that many people have when starting a kitchen, bath, or other project. Please note that every project, house, and customer is unique and there may not be one right answer to every question. Please contact us for specific answers to any questions that you might have.

How much does it cost?

It depends on the size of the project and whether you buying the material by the square foot or a full slab.

How long does it take?

Once the contract is signed, approximately four weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.

What’s the difference between a drop-in sink and an under mount sink?

Your granite counter’s cutout is topped by a drop-in sink, while the undermount sink is positioned below it. A granite countertop must typically be particularly polished in order to accommodate an undermount sink.

Can I have the left-over pieces from my slabs?

If you paid for the whole slab, then you’re entitled to keep the remnants. If you were charged by the square foot for the job, then the fabricator gets to keep them.

Is the edging done by machines?

Yes, we use an impressive arsenal of technology to process stone slabs. Our streamlined production process, combined with our stunning inventory, allows us to offer our customers both elegance and efficiency with the utmost quality control. Our craftspeople continually deliver stunning results.

What should I use to clean my Natural Stone?

On a daily basis, we recommend warm water and dishwashing soap or a natural stone cleaner. If you use products not made for natural stone they will break down the sealer more quickly.

Do you do anything other than Countertops?

Yes, Allied Stone does several other jobs, such as fireplaces, wet bars, backsplashes, etc.

Why is granite good for kitchen counters?

Granite adds elegance and style to kitchens, baths and other areas of the home with a richness that cannot be duplicated in synthetic materials. Granite is highly resistant to scratching, cracking and staining, making granite an ideal choice for countertops.

What’s the best way to clean marble and other stones?

The old rule of thumb is never to use anything you wouldn’t use on your hands. Never use powdered cleansers or abrasive pads to clean your stone. Even “soft scrub” type cleaners contain pumice, which is a powdered volcanic stone and might damage your stone countertops or floors. Never use any product which is acidic or alkaline and this includes substances like ammonia or many common liquid cleaners. You should always use sealers and cleaning products designed specifically for natural stone.


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