Frequently asked questions
What are the different types of stone?
Granite: Granite is an igneous rock formed millions of years ago deep within the earth’s crust. It consists of different proportions of feldspar and quartz and is commonly used as a counter top surface due to its tight pores.
Quartzite: Over time, heat and pressure fused the quartz and silica grains of sandstone together to form quartzite. Pure quartzite is usually white or gray; however, the presence of iron oxides and other minerals may cast pink, red, blue or even green tones through the material. Quartzite and granite will react very similar in a kitchen application. However due to it’s “hybrid” nature, some additional care and limitations should be discussed prior to installation of quartzite.
Marble: Marble is a metamorphic limestone. When limestone is heated and has pressure applied, its composition changes. It is softer than granite and more porous.
Limestone / Travertine: These are sedimentary rocks that are formed over millions of years from plant life or sea creatures dying and forming layers over time with pressure. They are random, soft and malleable.
Onyx: Onyx is a type of precious stone that is formed from dissolving calcite that comes in contact with hot water. Volcanic activity or hydro-thermal vents help this process. Onyx is a soft stone, best suited for bathrooms, tabletops, and vertical applications.
Engineered / Re-cycled: These are composite materials made of crushed stone or re-cycled content, bound together with a polymer resin. Best suited for kitchen applications, as they require less maintenance.
Semi-Precious: These are handcrafted slabs of amethyst, jasper and petrified wood to name a few. All add a custom, one-of-a-kind look for your project.
Where do I begin? How do I get an estimate?
Give us a call! Contact our sales department to set up a free in-home estimate. Or, if you just want to get an idea of cost, feel free to email or fax over a drawing of your project. We will need dimensions on all pieces, sink locations, all edges that need polishing, as well as splash preference (if applicable).
What are pricing variables?
We offer many features that can set your project apart, such as custom edge profiles, mitered edges, custom stone sinks, radius cuts, squared inside corners, specialty finishes, such as honing, brushing and acid washing. Other pricing variables include additional installation and removal services.
How does Tithof Tile & Marble handle seams?
By combining superior cutting and fabrication equipment with meticulous, well-versed installers, we provide the cleanest seams available from a stone fabricator. Our layout specialists work to minimize the number of seams required for your project. Ultimately, seam quantity and placement is dictated by the size of the slabs, cabinet dimensions and grain direction or movement within the slab.
What do you charge per square foot?
For the same reason furniture is not sold by the pound, our products are all priced conditionally. All our natural stone varies in price as it’s retrieved from different quarries around the globe. The varying edge profiles available, as well as sink and cook top options all affect pricing. For this reason, we prefer to understand the variables of your project and then issue a prompt estimate!
Is granite safe to use in a kitchen?
We’re pleased to share with you the industry research showing that radon is not a concern and that granite actually ranks second to stainless steel in a study measuring bacteria resistance.
Can any granite be damaged?
Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp, hard objects. Unsealed granite can absorb products, such as oils and cause dark spots. All stone counter tops are sealed with a two-coat process called Dry-Treat. The manufacturer offers a fifteen-year warranty against staining.
Can I cut on my granite?
Yes, but only if you want to dull your knives. Granite is harder than your knife blades. So, although it’s possible, we suggest a wood or plastic cutting board in the kitchen to preserve the quality of your utensils.