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Explore answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about stone countertops in Birmingham, AL.

Granite is a natural stone, while quartz is an engineered stone product made from natural quartz combined with resin. Granite tends to have more unique patterns created by Mother Nature herself, while quartz offers more consistent colors and patterns that aren't typically found in nature. At the end of the day, the matter of quartz vs. granite comes down to your personal preferences and needs.

Of course! An undermount sink can be seamlessly integrated with a stone countertop for a sleek and modern look. A countertop undermount sink is actually a popular choice for many home and business owners!

Calculating the square footage of a surface is actually quite simple. Here's how to measure countertops for square footage:

✅ Measure the Length: Measure the length of the surface in inches.
✅ Measure the Width: Measure the width of the surface in inches.
✅ Calculate the Area in Square Inches: Multiply the length by the width to get the area in square inches.
✅ Divide By 144: Since 1 square foot is equivalent to 144 square inches (12 inches x 12 inches), divide your result by 144 to convert the area to square feet.
✅ Include Backsplash: If you're also replacing your backsplash, measure its height and length to determine the square footage.

For example, if your surface is 120 inches long and 60 inches wide, the area would initially be calculated as 7,200 square inches (120x60). To convert this to square feet, you would then divide 7,200 by 144, resulting in a total of 50 square feet.

Remember, this method works best for rectangular or square surfaces. If your surface has an irregular shape, you may need to divide it into smaller rectangles or squares and calculate the area of each, then add those together to get the total square footage.

Absolutely! Stone countertops are an excellent choice for businesses and commercial spaces! Materials like granite and quartz are incredibly popular due to their durability, ease of maintenance, and aesthetic appeal.

We specialize in the installation of residential and commercial countertops. Whether your plans involve crafting an eye-catching wall display or adding a blend of modern and timeless charm to your office, stone countertops could very well be the perfect fit.

Certainly! We're happy to offer services for the removal and disposal of your old countertops for an additional charge. Our team of specialists are experts on how to remove countertops without causing structural damage or unnecessary complications with future work.

This service ensures a seamless transition to your new stone countertops and takes the hassle out of your hands. It's always important to discuss this during your consultation so it can be included in your overall cost. Remember, while there is an extra charge, the convenience and waste material management it provides is well worth the investment!

The cost of stone countertops can vary depending on the type of stone chosen. It's important to keep in mind that all of our stones are of the same high quality materials, and pricing is largely based on the color and pattern of the stone. For this reason, sometimes, the most expensive countertops can vary greatly between the different types of stone. It's best to consult with a professional to get an accurate estimate based on your specific needs and vision.

No, not all stone countertops have the same level of durability. The durability of a stone countertop largely depends on the type of stone used.

For instance, granite is known for its high durability and resistance to heat, scratches, and stains. Marble, on the other hand, while equally beautiful, is softer and more porous than granite, making it more susceptible to scratches and stains while needing a moderate amount of maintenance and care.

Quartz is known for creating the most durable kitchen countertops. Quartz countertops are engineered from crushed quartz mixed with resin, resulting in a highly durable, stain-resistant, and low-maintenance option - however, it's heat sensitive and can scorch and burn with heat exposure. So, when choosing a stone countertop, it's important to consider not just the aesthetic appeal but also the durability based on your specific needs and intended use.

Finding the best stone for countertops is all about your personal preference and lifestyle! Think about the look you want, your budget, and how you use your space. Don't forget, you can always ask us for advice. Our team of stone experts are here to help you find the perfect stone for your space!

Absolutely! Stone countertops are excellent for bathrooms. When properly sealed and maintained, bathroom stone countertops are resistant to moisture and easy to clean - making them perfect for this space.

Absolutely! We are more than happy to provide you with a stone countertop cost estimate even if you're not ready to make your purchase right away. It's a great way for you to get an idea of the potential cost for your project and to start budgeting accordingly.

However, please note that estimates may change over time due to fluctuations in material costs, labor rates, and other factors. So, the estimate you receive today might not be the exact price you'll pay in the future. But it should give you a good ballpark figure to work with.

When you're ready to move forward with your project, you can contact us again for a more current and accurate quote. We're here to help whenever you're ready.

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Our Process

Granite Empire and our team of professionals work tirelessly to ensure a stress- and hassle- free experience for our valued customers.

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    Step 1

    Contact Us
    You'll get an initial estimate from your personal Design Specialist within 24 hours.

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    Choose Your Stone
    Our mission is to help you choose a one-of-a-kind countertop that accurately reflects your personality and discerning taste.

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    Schedule Your Template
    We'll carefully measure your area with meticulous attention to detail to ensure that your countertops fit properly and that the installation process runs as smoothly as possible.

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    Stone Fabrication
    Now the fun really begins! Our staff will meticulously construct your stone worktops with a high level of care and perfection in mind.

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    Installation
    Our skilled installation team will arrive on time and as planned to install your exquisite new countertops expertly and effectively.

What Our Clients Say

"Great experience here. Our sales associate did a great job helping us decide on a color and picking options. Deposit paid on the 11th, install was done on the 21st. Couldn't be happier with the work done."

Aaron Rittenhouse
Birmingham, AL

"Granite Empire installed my job for a client and we were all very satisfied. Everyone in the company is very nice and helpful. Will most definitely return to this company for my future projects."

Donald Hillis
Birmingham, AL

"I worked with Granite Empire and my sales associate was great! They helped me find the perfect countertops for my project and I couldn't be happier. Install was completed in the time frame given and the countertops look amazing!"

Brandy Mcatee
Birmingham, AL
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