Designs In Stone

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Designs In Stone process?
A: Please refer to our design process page for a detailed description of the Designs in Stone experience.

How is price per square foot determined?
A: Depending on layout and stone selection the price will vary from project to project. Our qualified sales associates can assist you with a more accurate price estimate based on your specific needs.

 Who will be installing my stone?
A: All installers and fabricators are employees of or employed by by Designs In Stone. We do not out source any of our work.

Does Designs In Stone have remnant pieces to use for smaller projects?
A: Yes and we welcome to opportunity to show you our selection of quality remnants. An appointment is suggested.

Q: Will my stone look like the samples?
A: Briefly stated, probably not. Since stone is a natural and unique product, it will vary in color, tone, granularity, pattern, etc. These variations are expected and are one of the sources of its exceptional beauty.

Q: Can marble be used for kitchen countertops?
A: Yes, marble is a durable material that can be used for kitchens, but the look and the required maintenance are not for everyone. Marbles are calcium-based materials and are therefore susceptible to etching, staining, and scratching.

Q: Can granite scratch, chip, stain, or burn?
A: Granite is one of the hardest stones available. It cannot be scratched in ordinary use and will actually dull knives. Chipping only occurs when granite is severely abused with impact tools, like a hammer. Granite does not burn with ordinary use and is highly stain-resistant. A few colors, however, do absorb moisture with prolonged contact.

Q: Can I cut on my granite countertops?
A: Go for it, but know that granite is harder than the steel blades used in most kitchen knives, so you will need to have your knives sharpened often.

Q: Can I put hot pans and dishes on my granite countertops?
A: Yes, but remember that the granite will hold onto the heat for a long time. With softer types of stone like marble and travertine, it’s best to use a trivet.

Q: What can be done if a marble becomes scratched or stained?
A: Fortunately, most damage that can be done to marble surfaces can also be undone. There are wonderful craftsmen who specialize in the restoration of stone surfaces, and Designs In Stone can provide you with contact information. Some “do-it-yourself” options for the homeowner include marble polishing powder to help remove scratches, or a poultice to penetrate the marble and help lift out stains. Be careful, however, to never seal a stain into your stone.

Q: Are honed or suede finished granites less durable than polished granite?
A: The processes used to hone or antique a granite slab do open up the pores on the surface of a stone; so using a good sealer (like DryTreat) is important. These materials are still granites, though, so their resistance to heat and scratches and their durability are all still the same.

Q: What should I use to clean my stone?
A: We recommend regular cleaning with Rejuvenata™ DryTreat, which can be purchased at Designs In Stone. Be careful not to use bleach or abrasive products on any natural stone, as these can cause damage to the stone. Many name brand household cleaners are highly acidic and can cause damage to calcareous stones (like marble, limestone, travertine, and onyx) and to the sealers protecting them.

To learn more about types of natural stone please visit Global Granite & Marble