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What is the difference between granite and quartz?

While granite is natural stone quarried from inside the Earth, quartz slabs are a man-made product containing ground up quartzite and resin fillers. The color patterns in granite slabs tend to have more movement, while quartz slabs normally exhibit a more uniform color pattern.

Quartz is the more durable of the two materials, resisting staining, chipping, and scratching. Quartz countertops also do not need to be sealed. However, quartz is not as tolerant of heat as granite. Lifetime Granite recommends using a hot pad or trivet underneath pots and casserole dishes to protect quartz countertops.

How do I care for my granite countertops?

We recommend using a solution containing 70% denatured alcohol and 30% water for daily cleaning. We also suggest that you have your granite counters resealed approximately every three to five years, especially if you choose a lighter-colored stone. Regular sealing helps protect your natural stone countertops from staining.

Do you have remnants available to purchase?

Yes, Lifetime Granite has a selection of both granite and quartz remnants available for sale. Using remnants is an affordable option for bathroom remodels and miscellaneous home improvement projects, like fireplace hearths. Remnant sizes and color selection varies year-round depending on our current stock. Please call to make an appointment to view and select the best remnant for your project.

Can I pick out my own granite slabs?

Absolutely! If you don’t fall in love with any of the slabs or samples we have displayed in our showroom, we can refer you to one of our wholesale suppliers in either Washington or Oregon. Simply let them know that your countertop fabricator is Lifetime Granite when you place your slabs on hold. We will take care of getting your material transferred directly to our fabrication shop in.

How long will it take for my countertops to be installed?

Your installation timeline will depend on the scope of your project and our current fabrication schedule. Our in-house natural stone fabricators give each project their undivided attention.

What is the price range for granite versus quartz?

Granite can be less expensive than quartz, but the price range for either material depends on the specific color you choose and the square footage of your project. Other factors that will contribute to your pricing include customized edging, backsplash options, and contour designs.

How do I get an estimate?

Please call to set up an appointment for a free consultation at our showroom. At the consultation, you will meet with the owner, Luke, or another or our skilled associates to discuss your project while you browse through our selection of granite and quartz slabs and samples. We do require an appointment in order to give your custom project our undivided attention while working out all the details.

If you prefer, we also offer a free in-home measuring option. Once we have the specifics of your project nailed down, we will send you an estimate via email.

Can you tear out my old countertops?

Yes, we can remove your old countertops and dispose of them prior to installing your new granite or quartz countertops. The cost of this additional service depends on the square footage of your existing counters and whether your old countertops are made of tile, laminate, or stone.

What other products do you offer other than kitchen and bathroom countertops?

We also offer stainless steel kitchen sinks, Blanco sinks, vanity sinks, and faucets. If you have a hard surface in your home that you would like to upgrade, such as your fireplace mantle, shower surround, bar area, or window sills, we can help.

Does Lifetime Granite work with materials other than granite and quartz?

Our primary specialties are granite and quartz countertops. However, we also work with marble, recycled glass, and soapstone.