Common QuestionsRogan Granite & Marble
I’d love to have granite in my home, where do I start?
The best place to start is on paper! We love to start projects with an idea of what your project looks like. We use floorplans, photographs, & dimensioned sketches to start estimating the scope of your project. You can use our website to see some stones we have available.
What is the next step after you provide me an estimate?
We need ½ down on your estimate; this is for a deposit on your stone and to set a date for your measure appointment. Cabinets need to be installed and secured in their final position before the measure appointment.
When do I need to schedule a measure appointment if I’m getting new cabinets?
• You should schedule your measure appointment as soon as you know your new cabinets will be installed.
Will you remove my old countertops?
We can provide a quote to remove your existing laminate countertops. Existing countertops need to be removed completely before we install your new countertops.
What types of sinks do you provide?
• We have undermount sinks available for kitchens and bathrooms. The kitchen sinks are 16g. stainless steel and are either even-bowl or 60/40 offset. The bathroom sinks are porcelain and come in either white or bisque oval shape. Other sizes, shapes, and materials are available for kitchens, bathrooms, and bars.
Can I purchase my own sink?
Yes! We do recommend an undermount style sink –or- farm style apron sink. Apron sinks need to be installed prior to measure. For bathroom vanities most sink types will work well as long as it will fit in your sink cabinet; if you’ve purchased a vessel sink, you’ll need to bring it into our shop prior to fabrication.
Will you install my sink?
Yes! We will install your undermount sink. Top mount sinks will be checked for fit but not installed. Farm style sinks need to be in place prior to the measure appointment. Rogan Granite does not provide any plumbing disconnect or hook-up.
Does my granite need to be sealed?
Yes! We will seal your stone in your home when your countertops are installed. Sealing the stone helps to avoid damage. Different stones hold the sealer longer than others; darker stones typically need to be sealed less often than lighter stones. Many sealers have a guaranteed warranty; we have always recommended to trust the stone – when water no longer beads on the surface the stone should be resealed. Over-sealing can lead to a hazy build up on the stone.
How do I clean my granite countertops?
Clean granite surfaces with mild soap and water. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Always blot up spills immediately.
Will my countertops have a seam?
Yes, in most cases. After 100” or 8’4” countertops will need a seam. Slab lengths, countertop weight, & sink cut-outs all limit the length of countertops. Standard backsplash pieces are made even smaller (72” or 6’) under since they are more delicate when being transported.
How thick is the granite?
Granite is 3cm (1-1/4”) thick. Thinner stone, 2cm (3/4”), is generally used in commercial settings.
Do I need a backsplash?
Backsplash helps protect your walls and cabinets from water and spills. We can fabricate backsplash (typically 4” high) for your kitchen or bathroom out of the same material as your countertop –or- you can choose to apply your own tile or unique backsplash.
Will my granite look just like the photos I saw online?
Granite is a natural product and it will have naturally occurring variations when it comes to granularity, tone, color, pattern, etc. Photos of granite found online have been photographed and saved as digital image files. It’s possible the color may not display true to life due to being viewed on a screen. It is always best to view your stone in person
What other materials do you have?
In addition to granite, we offer marble, quartzite, & soapstone. We also offer all major brands of Quartz countertops. (see our materials tab (link to materials tab)
What is the difference between granite and quartz?
Granite is quarried from the earth and machined down from block into the polished slabs you see in our yard. Since granite is a natural material the color and pattern can vary in each lot. Quartz countertops are manufactured with crushed natural quartz mixed with resin in a ratio of approximately 93% quartz to 7%. Since quartz is manmade the color and patterning has little variation from the sample you see
I have not found my perfect stone yet, what are my options?
We work with several slab warehouses in the Chicago area, we can reach out to the suppliers for photographs of their current inventory – or – if you’d like to see the slabs in person we can provide you with their locations. We work directly with the suppliers on pricing and logistics. The slabs you choose will be sent to us for fabrication.
Can I use my granite as a cutting board?
We always recommend using a cutting board since the granite will dull your knives.
Can I place hot pots or pans on my natural stone countertop?
While natural stone can resist tremendous heat, we always recommend using trivets or potholders to keep the heat off your surface.
Is granite bacteria-resistant?
A short answer is yes. In 1999 a cleanability study from the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management ranked granite as more bacteria-resistant than a several other materials used for kitchen countertops when it is properly washed and rinsed with soap and water, and followed by sanitation with a vinegar and water solution.
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