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 when you contact us.

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 over 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?

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.  Having said that, there are hundreds of natural and engineered stone types available today!

Do You do Surfaces Other Than Kitchens?

Yes.  We’ve done counter tops in nearly ten thousand different rooms.  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.  But, if you check out their online feedback, you’ll notice that service, poor results, and long lead times tend to drag down their feedback ratings.  There are several important things to think about when it comes to big-box stores;

    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 Stone Kitchens let you pick the actual slab.  We can cut the grain of the stone so that it flows in a way that enhances your project and we can make seams virtually disappear.
    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 awarded to the lowest bidder.
    3.  The artisan craftsmanship of the installation defines the entire project.  At Stone Kitchens, you can meet your artisans, now.

Is Granite Hard to Care For?

No.  Every 3-5 years, you should seal it with a good stone sealer, and you receive a care package from us 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.

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.