Q: How often will I need to seal my granite countertops?
A: All countertops will be pre-sealed before they are installed. Regular sealing is not required as we use a permanent sealer on all products requiring it. 3 Guys Granite is an Accredited Applicator for STAIN-PROOF Original ™ by Dry-Treat. STAIN-PROOF Original™ is an impregnating, invisible and breathable sealer that protects exposed natural stone, tiles, pavers, concrete and grout from damage caused by water, salts and oil-based stains. Treated indoor and outdoor surfaces become easier to clean, maintain, and keep looking good for longer. STAIN-PROOF Original™ provides lasting protection for natural stone, concrete, terracotta tile, cast stone, paving, sandstone, limestone, brick and grout.
Q: Will my granite countertops match the sample I was given?
A: Usually samples will give a fair representation of what is to be expected for general coloring, texture and veining. With any natural product it is important to view the actual material that is being used. Stone is a natural product and will vary from slab to slab, and in some cases a single slab will look very different side to side or top to bottom.
Q: Do I have to clean out my cabinets before installation?
A: Please remove all drawers and clean out lower cabinets before installation. This allows our installers easy access to set the countertops and sinks.
Q: How do I care for my granite countertop?
A: For everyday cleanup use a mild dish soap and water. All tops are sealed with a permanent sealer before they leave our shop so you won’t have to worry about re-sealing your granite. If you do happen to notice water being absorbed please contact us for re-sealing questions.
Q: If I do my own “tear out”, what things will I need to take care of?
A: All plumbing, countertops, backsplash, screws, nails and build-up strips will need to be removed. Most of the time the tops can stay in place during template and removed shortly before installation of new tops.
Q: How much overhang can I have on my countertop?
A: With granite we require support on anything over 10”. With quartz a 12” overhang is acceptable. Some situations such as raised tops (Bar tops, pass-through windows, breakfast bars) will require support regardless of overhang. Your measurer will go over options at your final measure. We can also provide and install commonly used support brackets.
Q: Do you guys install the sink?
A: Yes, We will mount the sink to the stone on all under mount sink applications. All plumbing will need to be done by homeowner or qualified professional. Please let us know if you need a referral for plumbing services.
Q: After selecting my material, how long does it take to be installed?
A: Typically a 7 to 14 day turn around can be expected after final measure and these conditions exist: Signed purchase agreement received, approved material on hand, all sinks/ faucets received as well as any other miscellaneous information (cook top/ range info) necessary for fabrication.
Q: What factors determine the final price of my project?
A: There are a few variables that will affect the cost of your project. Often a general Square foot price will not take into account all factors/ circumstances that are involved with each specific project. Here is an overview of these factors.
Type of material selected: This is your most common variable. There is a wide range of pricing on different materials based on rarity, quality, availability, difficulty of quarrying and shipping. We have built very good relationships with several local suppliers and have a large remnant inventory, making it very easy to find the material that’s right for you and your budget.
Product application: Based on the type of material that is to be used, and in what part of the home/business we are applying it to, several key factors will need to be addressed. Indoor/ outdoor? Vertical/ horizontal? Supports needed? Other trades needed? these are some of the things that will need to be considered.
Upgrades/ custom features: Edge profiles, large radius edges, backsplash height, outlets and number of cutouts (sinks/ cook tops) will also come into play during the design process.
You should always consult with a professional before making a decision based on square foot price.