granite cost more than engineered stone?
A. Not always, on many occassions
granite will cost less.
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.
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.
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.
it have seams and if so where will they
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
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 &
· Honed surface – high traffic indoor/outdoor
commercial flooring, wash rooms, side walks.
· Flamed or Brushed surface – external
flooring, decks, pavements, side walks, curb stones,
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.
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
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.
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
Q. Is it necessary to
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,
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.