Q. Does granite cost more than engineered stone?
A. Not always, on many occassions granite will cost less.

Q. Will granite scratch easily?
A. Granite is extremely hard and requires the us eof diamond products to fabricate. There for it is very resistant to scratches.

Q. What is the turnaround time?
A. From time of order to completion of installation is typically 2-3 weeks. This can vary depending on work loads. It is important to remember that an installation date given to you is only as good if you promptly complete the required paperwork.

Q. Where does granite come from?
A. Granite comes from quarries all over the world. Brazil and India are major exporters but some stone comes from as close as the US.

Q. Will it have seams and if so where will they go?
A. We try very hard to avoid seams for two reasons. It can increase the speed of installation and add to the overall appearance. The reality is that most jobs will require a seam. We place them based on kitchen layout and slab usage. We can discuss this with you if you are concerned.

Q. What makes granite the hardest building stone?
A. Granite is formed by solidification of liquid magma (molten rock) under the pressure of earth's crust. It is composed of Feldspar, Quartz, Mica, and other minerals, making it one of the hardest stones in the world. It has been used for building and decorative purposes for centuries. Granite resists wear-and-tear applications remarkably well, making it ideal for interior or exterior flooring. When used outdoors, granite's mineralogical structure is not influenced by freeze-thaw cycles.

Q. What do the finished surfaces of granite look like?
A. Granite can have four main finishes: polished (shiny), honed (matte), flamed or brushed (textured). The polished and honed surfaces are flat and smooth. The flamed and brushed surfaces are flat and textured. The polished surface is shiniest, while the brushed surface reflects the least amount of light. The back and sides have a sawn finish.

Q. What applications are recommended for these granite finishes?
A. Granite finishes are suitable for different applications. For example:
· Polished surface – low traffic indoor flooring, wall cladding, counter tops, vanity tops & decorative items
· Honed surface – high traffic indoor/outdoor commercial flooring, wash rooms, side walks.
· Flamed or Brushed surface – external flooring, decks, pavements, side walks, curb stones, garden benches

Q. Why is granite an excellent material for kitchen countertops?
A. Next to diamond, sapphire, and ruby, granite is the hardest natural product on earth. Once polished, natural granite will maintain its high gloss virtually forever. Normal use of kitchen knives, cutlery, and cookware leaves no scratches. Heat has almost no effect on natural granite, making it much safer than synthetic surfaces with polyesters and resins. Pots and pans heated to 900 degrees Fahrenheit will not dull natural granite's lustrous finish, but the use of trivets is recommended to keep your granite counter clean.

Q. Can I use granite tile for bathroom flooring?
A. Like any other smooth surface floor, the polished surface of a granite bathroom floor can be slippery if it gets a lot of water and is walked on with improper footwear. A honed granite surface is therefore recommended for bathrooms.

Q. Can I use granite tile for counter tops?
A. Granite tiles can be used for a counter top surface. It is recommended to use a 3/4"sub-board with waterproof membrane to support the tiles. It is also essential to seal the tiles after installation to avoid staining.

Q. Can I use granite tiles on shower walls?
A. Granite tiles can be used on shower walls. It is recommended to use cement backer board or hardy board with a waterproof membrane to avoid transfer of moisture. It is also recommended to seal the granite after installation to avoid water absorption and mildew formation.

   INSTALLATION


Q. Can granite tile be butted or do I need to leave a grout line?
A. Granite tile floors appear the best when the tiles are butted. However, it is important to make sure the tiles are matched before setting on thinset.

Q. Does Omni Surfaces do granite tile installation?
A. We do not do tile installation. Please consult your local Yellow Pages for information on tile setters. Omni Surfaces recommends the services of an installation specialist for lasting satisfaction.

Q. Do I have to call for an appointment to come down to your place?
A. No appointment is necessary; Omni Surfaces Supply is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

  QUALITY


Q. Is your granite real and why is it so inexpensive?
A. All the granite products sold by Omni Surfaces are genuine granite, produced from the natural rock and are first quality. We are able to sell at such low prices because we ship directly from the production site, in addition to cost reductions owing to our huge volumes in shipping.

Q. What do I need to consider when buying marble or granite?
A. Because it is a natural stone, marble -and more recently granite- has been blessed with a remarkable natural beauty that has captivated humans throughout the ages. Inherent in such natural products is a certain lack of predictability that sophisticated architects and designers celebrate. Consumers who are less acquainted with the material expect the marble ordered to be identical to the picture or sample they were shown. Although sample stones are intended to be representative of the quarry’s product, the material quarried at one time may differ slightly in color and veining from the sample. Moreover, even a single marble or granite slab will possess a certain amount of color variation from one end to the other. Interior designers and architects have come to view this tendency of natural stone as an advantage. Slight irregularities can be pleasing, introducing an element of the natural into human-designed spaces, whether residential or commercial.

Q. What’s the difference between marble and granite?
A. Although both are stones and both are quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx and travertine) 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, 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 (lithifies) into stone. Because its main component is calcium, it can be affected by acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages.

Q. Is it necessary to seal stone?
A. Since mineral surfaces are quite porous they absorb liquids, which may result in discoloring and staining. Although there are many commercial grade products available on the market which may bring the stone to its to its original luster, taking simple precautions and regular maintenance can save a lot of trouble and cost. All marble and granite tops are sealed immediately after they are installed. The impregnating substance penetrates the stone clogging most of its pores making its quite impervious to alcohol, juices, soft drinks, cosmetics, cleaners, coffee, food and even oil. With course of time, depending on how heavily the tops are used, the sealer gets washed out. The clear indication of this happening would be the fact that the liquids are easily absorbed into the stone leaving temporary (if promptly wiped off) stains. You should seal your marble every six months and your granite every year, at least.

Q. What is the best way to clean marble and other stones?
A. The old rule of thumb is never to use anything you wouldn’t use on your hands. Never use powdered cleansers or abrasive pads to clean your stone. Even "soft scrub" type cleaners contain pumice, which is powdered volcanic stone, and might damage your stone countertops or floors. Never use any product which is acidic; this includes substances like ammonia or many common liquid cleaners such as Windex. You should always use sealers and cleaning products designed specifically for natural stone.