Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose granite counter tops over synthetic materials?

Granite has become today's countertop of choice for architects, cabinetmakers, kitchen designers and contractors. A granite counter top is virtually impervious to abrasions, stains and extreme heat. Additionally, the inherent qualities of granite — its color, patterns and shades — compliment any décor.

Does granite need to be sealed to avoid staining?

Yes. To assure protection against stains, we seal your countertops with a sealer that is guaranteed not to need resealed for fifteen years. We also proved you with a "Care and Maintenance" guideline to insure you have the information you need for a lifetime of enjoyment from your new tops.

Is granite really scratch resistant?

Yes. Even if you cut directly down upon it in the coarse of normal, daily use, you will not mar the finish of your granite countertop.

What's the difference between a drop-in sink and an undermount sink?

A drop-in sink sits on top of the cutout in your granite counter while an undermount sink sits beneath the cutout. There is generally an extra polishing charge required in preparing a granite countertop for an undermount sink.

My granite kitchen counter top doesn't look exactly like my sample. Why?

Granite is an organic substance and just as no two people are exactly alike, no two samples of granite will be either. The composition of minerals and the deposit it was quarried from all play a part in the appearance of granite. At Granite by Design, after selecting a sample, our customers then select the exact block of stone from which we fabricate their surface.