What is the appropriate thickness for my countertop?
Standard thickness for a kitchen countertop is 3cm or 1 ¼” for granite. For bathroom vanity tops in marble the thickness is 2cm or ¾”.
Do I need an appointment to come into Alcamo Granite and Marble?
No appointment is necessary; Alcamo Granite and Marble is open to the public Monday through Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 11 am to 3pm.
When purchasing Granite or Marble, do I have to purchase the whole slab?
Alcamo Granite and Marble will determine how much material is needed for your countertops and we will only charge you for the material that is needed to fabricate your tops. We only charge for a full slab of material if it is a special order slab or if the material falls under the category of semi-precious or exotic stone.
What is the best way to clean marble and granite and other natural stone?
The old rule of thumb is never to use anything you wouldn’t use on your hands. Never use any products that contain ammonia, lemon juice, vinegar or other acids. Never use powdered cleansers or abrasive pads to clean the stone. Clean the stone with a neutral cleaner, stone soap cleaner or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water use a clean cloth for the best results.
Does granite and marble stain?
In general granite will not stain however with prolonged contact moisture/oils may absorb into the material because protective sealers slow down the rate of absorption but does not eliminate absorption.
Is the stone sealed?
Marble and Granite does require sealing with an impregnating sealer. Sealing is done as the final step at fabrication and should be done 2-3 times per year by the consumer to maintain proper protection to your stone. Sealer will slow down the rate of absorption but will not eliminate absorption. A full line of stone care products are available for your convenience. Please feel free to contact Alcamo Granite and Marble for any maintenance questions you may have.
Will the granite have any pits?
Granite is a product of nature. Natural pits and fissures sometime appear but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure which formed the granite eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of granite and will not in any way impair the function or durability of the material.