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FAQ

Answers to Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of stones?

There are various types of stones that are used for countertops. The most well-known ones are marble, granite, travertine, limestone and quartz.

Where do stones come from?

Mountains are the largest source of natural stone. Riverbeds and seas are also the sources of natural stone.

Is one stone better than other?

Each type of natural stone has characteristics that make it harder, softer or shinier than other stones. Depending on your particular application, it is more sensible to use some types of stone rather than others.

What are the different finishes?

Finishing stone is similar to sanding process: smaller grit and longer sanding gives stone more shinny polished look, whereas less will make it look more natural. Finish is a design preference. Usually, polished surfaces are used where a modern look is sought. They require more delicate care and handling compared to antiqued or tumbled surfaces which have a natural finish and will wear better over time. Some stones, like travertine, have natural holes as a result of sedimentary minerals.

How do I care for my stone countertops?

For tips on caring for your stone surfaces, visit the Resource Center section of our Web site.

What are your payment terms?

Ultimate Granite requires payment upon completion of each job. We accept all major credit cards, as well as personal checks drawn on Pittsburgh-area banks. If your project is large, we can arrange for you to pay on an installment plan.