Stone Attributes and Installation Issues | Best Pick Reports
Stone attributes. Slab
thickness, clarity, inclusions, and consistency of color and pattern
are a few attributes that drive the cost of stone. If you are comparing
multiple quotes, make sure you are comparing apples to apples.
Direction. While granite is
often nondirectional, many stone types have a visible direction that
should remain the same throughout the entire kitchen or bathroom.
Patterns. Inclusions in
stone sometimes create patterns, referred to as movement, and should
flow consistently from one piece to another. For example, patterns in
the stone are typically run up the backsplash as well.
Seams. Some companies piece
together scraps of leftover stone and create more seams than necessary
to minimize the amount of material used in fabrication. Though this
decreases cost, it is considered poor workmanship. You should not have
multiple seams in a short run, which is a run shorter than
approximately 100 inches, unless the installer is working to keep the
direction consistent. If your stone does not have a direction, you
should not have multiple seams in a short run.
As part of the installation process, quality stone countertop
installers will seal seams with polyester resin, which can be colored
to match the stone. Known as a hard seam, this method is more durable
and lasts longer than the cheaper soft seams used by some installers.
Edge profile. In addition
to straight, squared edges and rounded edges, a wide variety of more
detailed edge profiles is available for stone countertops. With
computer-controlled CNC equipment, custom edges are also available.