Frequently Asked Questions

  • Stone Countertops

  • Home Renovation

  • Electrical Services

  • Landscaping

Working with Stone

How long are the slabs, and can seams be avoided?

Granite slabs vary in size but on average are between 110 and 130 inches long by 60 to 75 inches tall. Slabs of Quartz are a smaller at 120 x 55 inches. We will work with you to ensure the fewest seams as possible however seams are required based on slab size and may be needed to maintain the structural integrity of the countertop.

The visibility of seams will vary depending on the colour of the stone. Granites with a lot of movement may have more visible seams.

How thick is your granite?

All of our granite is 1 ¼” thick, while quartz is available in ¾” or 1 ¼“ thicknesses. 1 ¼” slabs of granite are not only aesthetically pleasing but are also more structurally stable.

What are my edging options?

Pencil edging comes standard with all granite provided by Granstone. Other edging options are available including: Straight, Eased, Full and Half Bull nose, Bevel, and Ogee. Alternative edging is priced separately.

How much overhang can my natural stone support?

For 3cm stone, supports and braces are recommended for overhangs greater than 8″.

Why doesn’t my granite look like the show room?

Granite is a natural, organic stone and just like any item in nature, no two pieces will look exactly the same. The composition of minerals and the deposit it was quarried from impact the colours, spots and veins.

Viewing and approving material prior to fabrication may be recommended depending on the color. If your project is being completed in stages it is recommended you pre-purchase the materials to ensure your granite is all from the same slab and to avoid any major variations.

Granite, Marble Or Quarts?

Can Marble be used in the kitchen?

Marble is not recommended for use in the kitchen as it is easily stained and scratched. Marble is an excellent choice for vanities, wet bars and fireplace surrounds.

Can I really cut on granite?

Yes, granite is an extremely tough and durable stone which can be used as a cutting surface without fear of scratching the stone. You should be aware though, that cutting directly on the granite will not only dull your knives, but overtime it will also dull the surface of the granite.

What is the difference between Marble and Granite?

Although both are stones and both are quarried from the earth, granite and marble are very different from each other. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures, and is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals.

The marble family – limestone, travertine, marble, and onyx – starts out as sediment – animal skeletons and shells, plant matter, silt – at the bottom of bodies of water. After millions of years this solidifies into stone. Because its main component is calcium, acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages will etch it.

Can my countertops burn?

Under normal conditions, granite and marble will not be damaged by hot pots or open flames. It is not however recommended to place hot pots, pans or flames on quartz as the pigments and resins can discolour when exposed to extreme heat.

Do stone countertops add value to my home? What is the life expectancy of granite?

Countertops made of natural stone add resale value to your home. As granite lasts a lifetime, after the cost of the initial installation (with proper maintenance and care) they never need to be replaced.

What is the difference between granite and quartz?

Quartz countertops are a man-made product containing approximately 93% quartz mineral and 7% pigments and resins. The resins give quartz countertops their non-porous properties but also their sensitivity to heat. Additionally, overexposure to ultraviolet rays can result in subtle discoloration and as such, quartz countertops are not recommended for outdoor applications.

Caring for my new countertops

Does granite have to be sealed?

While not absolutely necessary, all of the granite countertops installed by Granstone are sealed as an added layer of protection. Although the sealer will not affect the colour of the stone, it will penetrate the natural pores in the stone to help prevent any permanent stains. The sealer does not however completely stop the penetration of moisture.

How do I clean my granite?

Granite needs to be cleaned with non-abrasives material to keep the finish. Low acidity cleaners such as mild dish detergent and warm water are the best to use, and there are also commercial granite cleaners available. It is important to wipe up any spills and liquids quickly to avoid absorption into the pores.

How do I know if I need to re-seal my granite?

To check if your granite needs to be resealed, sprinkle water on your countertops. If the water soaks into the stone and does not form a bead of water on the counter, then we would recommend resealing your granite. We can recommend granite sealing products to help maintain your granite for years to come!

What happens if my granite is cracked?

In most cases, if granite is cracked, it will need to be completely removed and replaced.


What is Landscaping?

Landscaping refers to the process of modifying, designing, or arranging the features of a piece of land to enhance its aesthetics and functionality.

What services do you offer as a landscaping company?

At Granstone, we offer a wide range of landscaping services, including landscape design, and making Pathways, Patios, Decks, Fences, Retaining Walls, Water features as well as 3D designs and interlocking.

How long does a landscaping project usually take?

The duration of a landscaping project depends on its complexity, size, and weather conditions. We strive to complete projects efficiently while maintaining high-quality standards. During Consultation, we can provide you with an estimated timeline for your specific project.

Why should I invest in professional landscaping services?

Professional landscaping services can transform your outdoor space into a beautiful and functional environment, adding value to your property and enhancing your quality of life.

How much does Landscaping cost?

The cost of Landscaping varies depending on factors such as the size of the project, the scope of the work, the materials used, and any additional features or services requested. We provide customized quotes based on your specific needs.

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