How do I know if I need to seal my granite?
One method you can use to check if your granite needs to be resealed is to sprinkle some water on your countertops. If the water soaks into the stone and does not bead up, then we would recommend resealing your granite.
How will I know if my old cabinets can support a new countertop?
Stone countertops can weigh up to 30 pounds per square foot. At the time of template, our "Templating" team will make sure your cabinets are structurally sound to handle the weight of your new countertops.
Will my countertop have a seam?
We try extremely hard to avoid seams if possible, but the reality is that the majority of countertops will have a seam no matter how hard we try.
How is the seam placement determined?
Seams are determined by Kissimmee Granite Inc. depending on countertop layout, slab sizes, support needed, and material usage.
Can Marble be used in the kitchen?
No! Marble is not recommended for use in the kitchen because of its tendency to stain and scratch. However because of its beauty and the classic look, marble is an excellent choice for vanities, wet bars and fireplace surrounds.
Can I cut on granite?
Yes, Granite is an extremely tough, durable material and in most cases can be used as a cutting surface without fear of scratching the stone (although knives may dull the surface by repeated cutting on the stone).
Can I set hot pans on granite countertops?
Yes, Granite is ideal for kitchens because under normal conditions it will not burn. Granite will not be harmed by hot pots, pans or open flames.
Can I set hot pans on quarts countertops?
NO, Quartz is a good product for kitchens because under normal conditions it will not burn. However, our experience has shown that the manmade elements of quartz such as the epoxy resin can discolor quartz countertops, Granite will not be harmed by hot pots, pans or open flames.
Does granite chip or scratch?
Granite is a very dense material and under normal conditions it is chip and scratch resistant. However, pots, pans and other heavy objects may chip the square edge around a sink area. Several other edge profiles are available that will look beautiful and reduce the chances of chipping.
Does granite stain?
In general, no. All stone is porous to some extent, however granite has very little porosity relative to other stones. Most granite colors will never show moisture but some colors will show a dark spot if a puddle of liquid is left on the counter for a period of 30 minutes of more. The spot will eventually dry up and evidence will show. To be safe, be sure that your granite is sealed properly - either by the fabricator or after the granite is installed.
Should granite be sealed?
Though not necessary, all granites are sealed. The sealer used is a penetrating sealer that does not change the color of the stone. It penetrates the stone and will help prevent any staining. However, it will not stop the penetration of moisture entirely. When a liquid that might cause staining spills on top, it should be cleaned up as soon as possible.
Can granite be repaired?
While it is difficult to permanently repair granite, it is also very difficult to damage it. However, if some damage does occur, granite usually can be repaired by a mix of epoxy and ground up chips of granite.
Does granite have a completely smooth surface?
No. Many granites contain pits and fissures that are natural characteristics of granite. Some granites exhibit these characteristics more than others, and the lighting of the room can make these marks more or less visible. These characteristics should be pointed out to the client prior to deciding on a particular material and pre-approval of the actual slab is recommended.
How long can the pieces for my application be?
It is typically safe to have pieces that are approximately 6' to 8' long, depending upon the stone type and bowl/cook top configurations.
What is the difference between 2cm and 3cm? And what is the most appropriate thickness for the tops?
The 2cm thick stone is approximately 3/4" thick. The 3cm is approximately 1 3/16" thick. We recommend using the 3cm for the kitchen countertops for both aesthetic reasons and structural reasons.
How much overhang can you have without supports, and what type of supports is required?
For 3cm stone, we recommend supports with overhangs that are 12" or greater. For 2cm stone, we recommend a cantilevered bracket or corbel that matches the cabinet. The brackets should be spaced every 3' to 4'.
What type of sink can be used?
There are few requirements when it comes to sinks. In order to maintain the structural integrity of the countertop, we require at least 3" of stone in front and back of the sink cutout. Kissimmee Granite & Marble Inc. uses metal or aluminum undermount sink brackets that are attached to the granite almost every sink installed. Additionally, we recommend that if 2cm stone is being used, and over mount sink should be provided. Kissimmee Granite & Marble Inc. will need to know the sink type prior to Templating the project.
How does the dishwasher attach to the granite tops?
The best way to attach a dishwasher is to use dishwasher metal bracket ,which can be installed on the top of the cabinets or inside of the cabinets.
Mike and jerry were the best granite installer I would recommend them they did a very good job with the job
Outstanding in every aspect!!!
We first met Tariq at Kissimmee Granite, he was very nice and explained all about the products they carried and the service. We called back to ask more questions and had the pleasure of working with Erica . She was very kind and very helpful in describing the different colors to us and what would go with our cabinets. We also went in to look at the colors she chose for us and she was very patient and helpful in waiting on us. Derek came out to do the measurements he was very nice and very knowledgeable. He did a great job ,very accurate and professional. Ernesto, Christian and Ramses were the gentlemen sent to do the installation. They were so polite and very friendly which went above and beyond the excellent work they did. Their attention to detail and neatness was impeccable!!! They truly worked their from the heart. You can tell they love their work and are very proud of it. It was a true pleasure working with all of them. We are very happy with our kitchen now!!! We choose this company for their large selection, great prices that beat all the others we looked at. Above all this we are glad to have chosen them because of the excellent care and wonderful customer service they have shown us!!!
Kissimmee Granite Does an excellent Job, turnaround on installation is very quick , Ernesto and Santo are great installers. We have used this company before an were really impressed. Great Job
I have been planning my remodel of my kitchen for a very long time. I stopped in at Kissimmee Granite and Marble and received a very warm welcome and a friendly staff. I wasn’t quite sure what would be best for my kitchen but I got the help that I needed and found exactly what I was looking for. They had a gentleman out to my home within a very short time to do the measurements and he also was great. I then was surprised once again on the quick response I received with an install date. The installers where fantastic, professional and very knowledgeable. I would definitely use them again and highly recommend them to anyone looking to rare model or build, they get ten stars from me.
Thank you my kitchen looks great your installers were very nice Jerry and Mike pleasant on time
High quality, very professional and super friendly.
From our visit to the shop to the final installation the whole project was extremely satisfying. The initial visit for measurements, the quality and installation of the vanity, the quote, the template and the installation of the granite was all done professionally and with promptness and a friendly demeanor. We are totally satisfied with the price and workmanship and highly recommend this company.
We are so pleased with our new kitchen granite countertops. From the start when we were picking out the granite to the finished installation the folks there have been so helpful & nice to work with. Our two young men, Jerry & Jonathan, that did our installtion were knowledgeable, polite, & amiable. We enjoyed getting to know them while they worked. We've already had opportunity to recommend Kissimmee Granite to a neighbor. We would use them again!
Installers Jerry & Jonathan
Both installers communicated and were curtious when ask questions. Their quality was excellent. Both Lin and I would recommend Kissimmee Granite & Marble.
Very professional and pleasant!
Just had our kitchen granite countertops done and we are very pleased with their service from start to finish. They go the extra mile to help the customer.
They go the extra mile for the customer
Me and my wife made an extensive search before buying our kitchen cabinets and countertops. With Kissimmee Granite we saved and had the best personal customer service from Tariq the owner, the cabinet installer Malcolm and the granite installers Jerry and Jonathan..Thanks for a job well done..
We just had a kitchen counter top done. The gentlemen who installed it were not only very professional but very helpful with questions that we had. I would highly recommend Kissimmee granite they did a great job. Patty & Mike Nappi
Fast Efficient Courteous
A great experience with this company from start to finish. Walked in on Saturday afternoon extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff, took the measurements for our double vanity counter top, showed us a great selection of granite and quartz, gave us a quote, came Monday to measure and installed perfectly by Jerry and Brandon on Thursday. What phenomenal service I would recommend this company to anyone and would definitely use them again.
Had our kitchen countertops done 7-21. We were impressed with Kissimmee Granite from start to finish. Very professional. Spent time with us. Courteous. Installers professional too. Will highly recommend. Thanks for awesome job!
We recently had our kitchen countertops and cabinets done. They did a great job and we are happy with their work!
Barbara and I wanted to let you know how nice the countertops look. Your installers were very courteous and they did an excellent job. Our thanks for preserving with us as we had to reschedule the install due to other work that needed to be completed first. I know we upset your schedule. Thank you again for a great installation.
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