"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking"
- Henry Ford
We have been helping people in Mississippi design amazing projects using stone and quartz. View Gallery.
Our company has been fabricating and installing granite kitchen countertops, incredible marble baths, stone fireplaces, and outdoor living projects since 1992.
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Can the Stone Source remove my existing countertops?
When it comes to removing existing tile or Formica countertops in your kitchen, our professional installation crews know how to take care of your home. It starts with accurate templating. Our trained technician will accurately measure your cabinets and walls. Our templating process allows us to measure WITHOUT tearing out your existing countertops. The project is then fabricated in our production facility using our state of the art gear to ensure outstanding accuracy and quality of your stone project.
Next, we send out our installation vehicles; they are clean and well maintained. Our vehicles will not drip oil on your driveway. When our granite installers arrive, they will mask off the floors and lay down protective matting to ensure your flooring is not damaged or marred during the installation process. We will not be fabricating your kitchen in your driveway! When our team leaves your home, they will clean the work and make sure you are happy with every detail of your remodeled kitchen or bath. We will treat your home as if it were our own....this is not a job for our team members, it's a profession. We take pride in our granite and marble work.
What is Granite?
Granite is a coarse-grained igneous rock comprised of quartz, feldspars and micas. The quartz will be be the lighter color minerals with the remaining consisting of feldspars and muscovite. The dark minerals are hornblende or biotite. Granite is by far the most common rock found in the outer crust of the planet. Granite is formed by the cooling of magma in the ground.
What is Marble?
Marble is metamorphosed sedimentary carbonate rock. Limestone or dolomite (carbonate rocks) are the typical base minerals. The recrystallization of the carbonate minerals result in Marble. Often the original structure of the carbonate rocks are modified during the metamorphism to render the marble unrecognizable from its original state. The swirling and veins in marble often result from mineral impurities layered in the original limestone or dolomite.
What is Engineered Stone? (AKA Quartz)
As the name implies, it is a man made countertop product that is composed of quartz and resins. Before granite slabs were resined, Engineered Stone had one major advantage over its natural counterpart: it was difficult to stain. With the advent of resined slabs, that advantage is gone. The primary difference is the appearance. Man made products come in a large range of consistent colors which do not occur naturally in nature.
You often see engineered stone being used in commercial settings or contemporary ones. At the end of the day, you have to decide which look is best for your countertops. Price may also be a factor. Note: Engineered does not hold up to heat as well as granite.
Is Natural Stone Green?
We like to think so. Unfortunately, it is not actually classified in a way the that allows it to get LEEDS points. The two biggest criteria are 1. Does the countertop use recycled material and is it a renewable resource? 2. Was it made within 500 miles from where it was installed? That’s a layman’s version of LEEDS as it relates to countertops.
Let’s discuss some other factors that make granite one of the “greenest” choices available to you. First and foremost, is countertop life cycle. A properly installed granite countertop will last as long as your home and never needs replacing....it will look as amazing today as it does in twenty years. The second consideration is carbon footprint. The amount of carbon dioxide produced in the extraction of granite is actually very low when compared with man made countertops. Couple that with a product that lasts a lifetime, and you have one very green product. We won't run out of granite any time soon....it’s what the crust of the planet is made of.
How often do I need to seal granite countertops?
In most cases, the answer is never.....or years and years after it is installed. Sealers are solids that have been emulsified in a solvent. They are designed to penetrate the stone, taking the solids with them. When the solvent evaporates (think paint), the molecules lock into the stone and seal it. Combine one good coat of a quality sealer (which we will do for you in our shop) with the resin applied by the factory, and you will have a very stain resistant top that will be virtually maintenance free. Rarely, if ever, will you need to seal granite that has been resined and properly sealed.
Over time, in the unlikely event you do see some water absorb into the stone, simply reseal it. We can help you if your countertops need to be resealed. Remember, companies that sell sealers would love you to seal your counters every couple weeks....think about it.
Does the price of stone have any bearing on its quality?
Often, people make the mistake of assuming the cost has a direct bearing on the quality of the stone. In our industry stone cost has more to do with availability and competitive quarries. In other words, does color coming from multiple locations create a price competitive market? The simple answer is: No, the cost has nothing to do with the structural quality. The more complex answer is: Yes.
For example, Santa Cecilia Granite is available from many sources, so the base price of the granite is fairly low. There are three classifications of natural stone: First Choice Material, which has most even looking coloring and movement. Next is Second Choice Material: This mimics first choice but displays minor color variations which makes the stone slightly less expensive than the first choice. The final classification is Commercial Grade Material: This class of stone may appear less desirable, spots/eggs of color that do not match the “norm” for that material. This is the lowest cost stone.
Essentially, the rating are subjective. All granites will make great countertops which will perform perfectly in your kitchen
What is "Resined" granite & marble?
Around eight years ago, the granite slab manufacturing industry began to resin granite, marble, limestone, and other stone slabs. The process is incredibly important as it helps seal and strengthen the stone.
Resining granite is done after the slabs are cut from the granite blocks. The slabs are pressure washed to remove slurry, opening any pores or natural fissures in the stone. The slabs are then dried in an oven. As the slabs leave the oven the granite slabs are sprayed with a penetrating resin which soaks into the slabs consolidating any fissures and filling the microscopic pores in the stone. The resin is then ground off the face of the slabs, leaving the resin in the pores and fissures.
The slab is left with a glass-like finish that is resistant to stains. Be sure to ask for resined granite slabs you begin looking for material. Reputable companies only purchase resined granite and marble slabs. Resined slabs are the true engineered stones of the industry.