Why Imported Stone?
A: Imported Stone is a
husband and wife owned and operated company with a team that
takes pride in providing high quality service and workmanship
at a very competitive price, with an emphasis on customer service.
All aspects of your project from templating to installation are
handled by our expert team. We encourage you to visit our
facility to see first hand the caliber of our organization.
A: There are many reasons for choosing granite.
Aside from the natural beauty and uniqueness of each slab, granite
is affordable, extremely durable, heat resistant, scratch resistant
and easy to maintain. Click
here for cleaning & maintenance info.
Do I get to choose my slab?
A: Yes, we like for our customers to choose
the actual slab of granite that they are going to use, whether
it comes from our personal inventory of material or from
one of the many local granite suppliers. Click
here for link to our distributors.
How do I pick the right stone?
A: There are many color variations and patterns
of granite to choose from. We
recommend that you start your search at Imported Stone as we
stock 15-20 different stones in our inventory. We are also
fortunate to have Rowan – Best Cheer Stone, a local granite
distributor, as our neighbor and they have an even larger selection
to help you pick the right one for your project. When shopping
for stone, we suggest that you bring along a cabinet door,
samples of your flooring or any other component of your kitchen that
you will not be changing. This
will help you to envision the finished look of your space.
Does granite harbor bacteria?
A: Records maintained by The Center for Disease
Control confirm that there is no evidence of granite harboring
bacteria. The National Institute for Occupational Safety
and The Health and Hospitality Industry, agree that granite is no
more or no less sanitary than any other surface.
Is radon in granite a concern?
A: The Marble Institute of America reports
that “Radon is a naturally occurring gas generated by the
decay of trace amounts of uranium found in the earth’s crust
throughout the world. It is an unstable gas
that quickly breaks down and dissipates in the air.” Concern
about radon in granite seems to have started when Dupont introduced
Corian for countertop surfaces and has recently resurfaced
in the news. Radon
gas emissions are more harmful from surfaces such as concrete,
cement and gypsum which surrounds us on a daily basis, than
from granite countertops. Most
experts agree that granite isn't going to harm you, but it
sure does make beautiful countertops!
Will heat crack granite?
A: Granite is able to withstand
extremely high temperatures. This
makes it convenient to place hot dishes right from your oven
onto your countertop without a problem. In fact, granite will
not even scorch when exposed to a direct flame.
What about staining?
A: Granite is extremely durable
and stain resistant, especially if it has been well sealed. One
of the last things our installers will do before leaving your
home, is to apply a generous coat of sealer to your countertops.
Click here for care & sealing info.
What type of sink should I use?
A: Almost everyone that uses
granite for their countertop, chooses an undermount sink. This
means that the sink is mounted on the underside of the stone.
Sinks made of stainless steel are the most popular, but you
can find porcelain, granite composite and even copper sinks.
There are also options for the sink depth and bowl size. We carry a
variety of stainless steel undermount sinks. Selecting a sink
is largely a matter of personal preference.
What about backsplash?
A: Some type of backsplash
is almost always necessary. This is also a matter of personal
preference. Most people will create a backsplash using 4 inches of granite
that matches the countertop or by using a complementary tile to completely
cover the space between the countertop and the cabinets.
Should I seal my granite?
A: There is much discussion about the need
to seal granite countertops. Applying a sealer to your stone
will decrease the chance of any type of liquid penetrating
into the stone and help to maintain granites clear mirror like
install team will seal your granite before they leave your
here for additional sealing info.
How do I get a free estimate?
A: We would be happy to provide you with
a no cost, preliminary estimate, based on your measurements.
For more information, click here.