FAQ

What costs more, Granite or Quartz?

The pricing of Granite and Quartz countertops is subject to variation, influenced by factors such as quality, color, and location. In a general sense, Quartz countertops typically come with a slightly higher price tag compared to Granite. The manufacturing process of Quartz contributes to increased production and installation costs, surpassing the expenses associated with mining and processing natural Granite. It’s worth noting that the price difference may not be substantial, and variables like brand, pattern, and regional factors can impact the ultimate cost. At our establishment, we provide competitive and affordable pricing for both Quartz and Granite from our stock, ensuring you can achieve your envisioned aesthetic without compromising on quality.

What is Asco’s turnaround for ordering and installing countertops?

The lead time for scheduling your template appointment can range from 1 to 4 weeks, depending on our current schedule at the time of ordering. Following the template appointment, there is a 7-10 day lead time until the installation appointment. We strongly advise planning ahead when placing orders to mitigate any potential delays in the process.

What do I need for an estimate from Asco?

To obtain an estimate, if you currently have countertops, creating a basic sketch detailing the layout and dimensions, along with notes on any areas for extension or modification, would be beneficial. For those undergoing new cabinetry installation, sharing layout schematics from the cabinet company or contractor is helpful. The more details you provide, the more precise our estimate can be. You can submit these materials through our Contact Form or via Email for general pricing. Additionally, feel free to explore our Inventory for design inspiration and pricing information on specific colors.

Can Asco remove my old countertops?

Certainly! We offer comprehensive removal and disposal services for existing countertops, including materials like Formica or Corian. Additionally, our services extend to the removal and disposal of Granite, Quartz, and other Natural & Engineered Stone countertops. For a hassle-free experience, consider adding our plumbing disconnect & reconnect service to enjoy a complete turnkey solution.

Do I need to seal my Granite?

To determine if your Granite requires sealing, a common method is to sprinkle water on the countertop. If the water is absorbed into the stone without beading up, we recommend applying a sealer. Another sign of water absorption is the darkening of the stone, especially in areas exposed to high water, such as around the sink.

How can I prevent staining of Granite, Marble, or Quartzite?

Achieving complete stain-proofing for Granite or Marble is challenging, as most methods only provide stain resistance that diminishes over time. These durable natural stones require regular maintenance, involving gentle wiping with a damp cloth and mild soap for daily care. To safeguard against staining, it’s crucial to apply a granite sealer annually or as needed. Exercise caution to steer clear of acidic or abrasive cleaners that may potentially harm the surface.

For Marble surfaces, opt for a pH-neutral cleaner and a soft cloth for effective yet gentle cleaning. Regular sealing with a marble sealer is vital to ward off stains and preserve its aesthetic appeal. Avoid exposure to acidic substances like citrus juices and acidic cleaners, as they can cause harm to the surface.

Does Granite or Quartzite have a surface that is completely smooth?

In general, Granite often features natural fissures and pits that contribute to its unique characteristics. Quarries commonly apply a resin to the stone’s surface to minimize these features and create a more uniform appearance. However, these natural elements may still be noticeable to some extent, varying depending on the specific material.

Do Granite & Quartz chip or scratch?

Granite and quartz are both durable materials, but they are not entirely impervious to chipping or scratching. Granite, being a natural stone, may experience chipping or scratching in rare instances, especially if subjected to heavy impacts or sharp objects. Quartz, on the other hand, is engineered with durability in mind and is less prone to chipping or scratching than granite.

Can I cut on Granite or Quartz?

Yes, granite is a durable material with a hardness rating of 7 on the Mohs scale. Granite can be used as a cutting surface without scratching, however repeated use will dull the surface finish and your knives as well. We recommend the use of a cutting board to maintain the surface sheen for many years to come.

Can I use Marble in the kitchen?

Marble while being a beautiful stone is not the most recommended material in kitchens due to its high maintenance requirements, tendency to stain, scratch, and etch. A timeless natural stone formed from metamorphic rock, is widely chosen as a solid surface material for its unmatched elegance and aesthetic appeal. Its pros encompass a luxurious appearance characterized by unique veining and a range of soft, inviting colors, adding sophistication to any setting. Marble remains relatively cool, making it ideal for baking and pastry-making surfaces. However, it is softer and more porous compared to granite, making it susceptible to scratches, stains, and etching from acidic substances. As a result, it requires regular sealing and careful maintenance to preserve its beauty. Despite its maintenance needs and potential vulnerabilities, many still opt for marble due to its classic and opulent ambiance that can significantly elevate the look of any space. We recommend very careful consideration of these things prior to selecting to furnish your kitchen with Marble.

Can I set hot pans on Granite?

Yes, Granite is an ideal surface because under normal conditions it will not burn or be harmed by hot pots, pans, or open flames. The use of trivets however is recommended to avoid any unforeseen stress on the Granite due to rapid changes in temperature.

Can I set hot pans on Engineered Quartz?

No it is not reccomended, while Quartz countertops are durable and under normal conditions do not burn, however the resins within the product may discolor when exposed to extreme heat for a period of time. We always recommend using something as a buffer – i.e. towel or trivet – between the quartz and hot pots or pans.

How much overhang can I have without support?

For most Granite we recommend bracing for overhangs 10” and over. Large horizontal spans like between cabinets also require a support system. For Engineered Quartz we recommend bracing for overhangs 14″ and over.