Stone & Quartz Questions
Will the countertop have a laminated edge and do I need a sub-top?
The thickness of all our stocked stone and quartz materials is 3cm. This provides an edge that requires no sub-top buildup and no seamed edge lamination.
How thick is 3cm?
3cm is equivalent to almost 1 1/4 inches. It is about the thickness of a half dollar coin standing on edge.
Can I put hot things on stone or quartz?
Generally, stone and quartz are very heat resistant but it depends on “how hot” of an object. A tea kettle or a hot dish out of the microwave is typically not a threat but a 450 degree pot from the oven can cause damage. It is always better to be safe rather than sorry so we recommend the use of a hot pad.
Will granite or quartz chip?
Under normal use it is unlikely that your granite or quartz countertop will chip. Obviously, the edges are more susceptible to chipping than the middle of the top and if struck with enough force (for instance a heavy pot) a chip can occur. Such occurrences are not covered by any manufacturing warranty but are usually repairable depending on the size of the chip.
Will my quartz countertop (Hanstone, Zodiaq, etc.) be seamless?
Quartz is manufactured and installed just like granite, so if a seam is required it will not be seamless in the way that solid surface countertops are. We do our best to avoid the use of seams whenever possible but sometimes it is necessary and our seams are consistently the best in the industry.
Can I have an integrated sink with my quartz countertop (Ceasarstone, Zodiaq, etc.)?
There are no integrated sink options available for quartz in the market. For quartz countertops we recommend a Kohler cast iron or stainless sink.
Will quartz products vary in color?
Quartz countertops are composed of 93% natural quartz. Variation in the natural stone (quartz) color, pattern, size, shape and shade, are inherent and unique characteristics to be expected with quartz products.
Solid Surface Questions
Does my Corian (or other solid surface) countertop need a sub-top/buildup?
Top Master, Inc. supplies standard buildup support for solid surface materials. This is always evaluated at the time of template.
How thick will my Corian (or other solid surface) countertop be?
The material itself is 1/2 inch thick but the edge is laminated to 1 1/2 inches.
Can I put hot things on Corian (or other solid surface)?
All acrylic or polyester solid surfaces are susceptible to damage from heat. Hot frying pans, dishes from the oven, warming trays and the like can scorch or fracture the surface. We recommend the use of trivets or a hot pad when setting hot objects on your countertop.
Will Corian sinks stain or crack?
Corian sinks are made from the same high quality acrylic material as the countertops. They are stain resistant and very durable but not 100% impervious to staining or cracking. Since Corian is non-porous, stains are usually surface stains and can be buffed out with a Scotch Brite pad. Cracks are rare but are usually caused by repeated heat stresses (e.g., pouring a vat of boiling pasta into a colander) so we recommend tempering your sink by running hot water from the tap before pouring boiling water down the drain.