The Stone Studio Frequently Asked Questions.

Granite, Marble, Onyx, Soapstone and Quartz Questions

Question: What does it mean when I see Granite in Level 1,2,3,4,etc?

Answer: Granite is often broken down into different pricing tiers. This is a general way of grouping certain colors together that fall in line at similar price points.


Question: What is the difference between each of the Granite Levels?

Answer: Each color is grouped into a particular level based off of its availability, accessibility, patterns and tonality. Different granite quarries have larger supplies of certain colors than others. For example, Level 1 colors are your more affordable selections.


Question: What is a fissure?

Answer: Natural Stones possess whats called fissures. Fissures are are separations along the inter-crystalline boundaries. All granite has some degree of fissures. Since this is a natural process that happens within the stone it is not considered a flaw.


Question: How much overhang is allowed without bracing with a bar bracket or corbel

Answer: Typically 8 – 10 inches


Question: How do you cut the stones?

Answer: All of our stones are fabricated by special machinery,  tools and very crafted technicians.


Question: Where do your stones come from?

Answer: We buy all of or stones from local importers such as Cosmos and OHM. These importers have have containers of slabs shipped to them from quarries all around the world.


Question: How Do I Care For My Stones?

Answer:  According to the Marble Institute of America “The first step in proper stone care and maintenance is to understand your stone’s geological classification and composition. this information will help you to identify what cleaning products to use and how best to care for your natural stone.

Natural stone is categorized into three basic geological classifications by their respective formation processes: Sedimentary, Metamorphic and igneous. Additionally, stones in each category can be either Calcareous or Siliceous.

Calcareous stone is composed mainly of calcium carbonate, a chemical compound commonly found in natural stone, shells and pearls. Calcium Carbonate is sensitive to acidic solutions so mild, non-acidic cleaners are recommended.

Siliceous stone, as the term implies, is one composed primarily of silicates, such as quartz, feldspar, mica, etc. as such, a siliceous stone is generally resistant to most acids found in kitchen settings, although acidic cleaners are still not recommended, as these stones may contain trace levels of minerals that are acid sensitive.”


Question: Do I Have To Buy an Entire Slab?

Answer:  No. We Only Charge You By The Sq. Ft Needed To Complete Your Job.


Question: What Is A Honed Finish?

Answer:  Granite, Marble, or limestone can go through a process know as honing. When a stone is honed it leave it with a matte or satin finish, rather than a high gloss polish.


Question: What Is  A Leathered Finish?

Answer: The leathering process starts with a honed surface and adds texture. As the stone goes through this leathering process the harder parts of the stone remain and the softer areas are reduced in depth creating a nice texture. A leathered finish has a soft sheen but is not as reflective as a polished surface. The amount of texture produced varies from stone to stone and some extremely uniform stones will not leather very well.


Question: What is Traditional Face Frame Style Cabinetry?

Answer:  The cabinet face is constructed of vertical “stiles” and horizontal “rails” that reinforce the cabinet structure and provide mounting support for doors and drawers.


Question: What is European Frameless Style Cabinetry?

Answer: The cabinet is constructed without any face framing. Doors and drawers are mounted to the sides of the cabinet. Fully concealed hinges are used for the doors. This type of cabinet is also referred to as “full access” because there is no face frame to restrict access to the cabinet.


Question: What is Full Overlay Cabinetry?

Answer: Doors and drawers are sized large enough to cover the cabinet face frame with only minimal clearances between them.


Question: What is Full Inset Cabinetry?

Answer: The doors are fitted into the face frame and are flush with the frame.


Question: What type of glaze do you apply to your “Glazed Cabinetry?”

Answer: Our cabinetry comes with a flood glaze. We do not use a pin glaze. Flood glazing produces a beautiful finish allowing the glaze to get hung up in all of the door and drawer profiles.


Question: What is Ready-to-Assemble Cabinetry?

Answer: Factory manufactured and finished cabinet components shipped with all parts, fasteners, and instructions necessary for complete assembly of one cabinet. No power tools should be necessary for assembly.