What is the difference between granite & quartz and which do you recommend?
Granite is a natural stone and varies according to nature and requires a sealer applied when installation is complete. This sealing of the stone is provided by the fabricator. Quartz is a man-made product composed of 95% or more natural materials and held together with an epoxy resin. It does not need to be sealed because it is man-made. The quartz manufacturers are now producing more colors that replicate natural stone, by utilizing veining.
To answer the second half of the question, stone countertops are very personal. Each has its pros & cons. It is truly up to our clients to decide what best meets their needs and desires.
How much overhang can I have on my island and do I need to support it?
It is a simple 2/3rd to 1/3rd rule. A typical cabinet is 24″ deep therefore you can extend the top 12″ without extra support. I strongly recommend supporting with legs or brackets (corbels) anything beyond that.
What is the difference between honed and polished? Which is more durable?
A polished finish is a shiny finish where honed is more of a matte look. As far as durability, it is not really an issue with granite; however, a polished marble will etch and show water marks. A polished finish will also scratch much easier than a honed product.
Is an engineered wood floor better than a natural wood floor that needs to be sanded?
Better is a term I’d rather not use. Each individual has needs and expectations. Our goal is to meet and exceed those expectations within a budget. With that said, here are the pros & cons of each:
- Engineered Wood – quite a wide range in price and quality – labor is less money while material is generally more costly – the color of your floor is limited to the colors of material available – limited amount of dust created during install – no fumes to contend with.
- Natural wood – material is less costly – labor is more costly – you may choose the color of stain to be applied to your floor or even customize if need be – dust is generated when the floors are sanded but a “dust free” method is available for a nominal fee – the staining & sealing procedure does produce a smell initially.