FAQ

How Much Will This Cost?

Well… it depends.  We can do countertops for as little as $40/square ft. but we’ve done jobs for customers that were $150/square ft.  There are many factors that influence the final cost.  For example, just the raw material price alone can vary widely depending on composition, color, and country of origin.  We will help you through this process and give you an accurate estimate.

It Seems That Many Firms are Doing This Kind of Work.  Why Choose StoneKitchens?

Well, first…you’re right.  We’ve seen far too many kitchen improvement companies come and go in the past few years.  Our article on Granite  will help you understand the various products contractors now offer.    That being said, Here’s our pitch…

We’ve been doing custom stone work for nearly twenty years.  Our tops are backed by the best warranty in the industry, and our CNC process ensures precise, quality installations and finishes.  In addition, we have our Pennsylvania Home Improvement License, and can do plumbing, carpentry, electrical, and anything else necessary to leave you with a usable kitchen or bath when we finish.

Is Stone Right for You?

It’s durable, stain resistant, and beautiful.  Granite specifically, is very popular for these reasons.  Historically, stone has been used for a long, long time.

Which Stone is Right for You?

Marble, Limestone and other stones have some durability and care issues.  Granite is probably the way to go.  With the exception of the cheapest, man-made materials, you will find that natural granite is probably less expensive, too!

Do You do Surfaces Other Than Kitchens?

Yes.  We’ve done counter tops in nearly a thousand different locations.  Bathrooms, fire places, outdoor kitchens, rec rooms, bars, tables, fountains, monuments, showers, columns, restaurants, and even hotel installations are just some of our projects.  Our cutting and finishing technology allows us to do just about anything you have in mind!

Can’t I Get the Same Thing at a Big Box Store?

Well, yes and no.  Make no mistake, there may be some advantages to these retailers; location, all-in-one selling, competitive pricing etc.  We feel that there are the two important differences;

    1. You can see a sample of your granite, but you won’t see the actual stone until it arrives.  Not a big deal unless you chose something because of the green composition and the stone they grabbed for your job had more brown.  Every slab is different.  Even if they were cut at the same quarry.  Custom manufacturers like StoneKitchens let you pick the actual slab.  You can even tell us how to cut it so the grain of the stone flows in a way that enhances your project.
    2. Your design is done with a sales person; not the producer/installer.  You could have a different subcontractor for every aspect of the improvement.  Counter top, carpentry/cabinets, plumbing, and electrical might be done by different people with different time schedules and unfortunately, different visions.   Remember, each of these components was selected for you with an eye on lowest cost to the retailer.  We aren’t suggesting that we remodel your entire kitchen, but we can certainly do everything in the vicinity of the counter tops.  We want your upgrade to be usable when we leave.

Is Granite Hard to Care For?

No.  Every 3-5 years, you should seal it with StoneTech, and you receive a care package when we leave.  Generally, wipe the counter top clean as you would any other.  Mild citrus-free dish detergent and warm water works well as an alternative.  You should probably stay away from ammonia and chlorine based cleaners as they can activate the oxides in the stone and potentially alter the color of some compositions.  Specifics can be found here.

What if I Find a Problem After the Work is Completed?

Your satisfaction is our number one objective.  Therefore, we have an unconditional one year guarantee and offer an extended stain warranty on all of our counter tops.

Can StoneKitchens Help a Customer Who is Dissatisfied with a Competitor’s Work?

You might be surprised how many times we’ve been asked this question.  YES, of course.  We’ve removed, reinstalled, refinished, recut, repaired, and even repurposed (to another area of the house) counter tops over the years.  We can help!

Honestly…  Fewer Seams.  Better Fit.