Coulee Kitchens & Baths, Inc. fabricates Granite, Engineered Stone
Get a solid price with no surprise extras at the end; We even include the kitchen sink! (All kitchens include an under mount 16 or 18 gauge stainless steel sink with many styles available.) Want to upgrade your sink? Coulee Kitchens & Baths, Inc. offers Blanco Siligranit and Copper sinks.
Have a unique kitchen design or a fancy island with arches? Not a problem. Coulee Kitchens & Baths, Inc. uses a digital templating system that is very accurate and design friendly.
Remodeling? No need to remove counter tops for templating!
A new addition to Coulee Kitchens & Baths, Inc. is a Park Destiny CNC machine that allows Coulee Kitchens & Baths to cut custom countertops in-house saving you time and money.
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Quartz is a non-porous product that does not require any sealers. It resists mold, mildew and liquids from penetrating the surface. The polished surface will not wear away or need any special waxes or polishes to maintain its shine. A quartz surface gives a consistent look throughout the counter tops, there is no color change from end to end like granite.
Quartz is very hard and dense that is scratch, stain and heat resistant. Cutting on your counter tops surface or setting hot items on them under normal conditions should not harm your counters surface, but using the appropriate cutting boards or trivets for hot items, are always good practice and recommended for prolonging the beauty and life of the surface.
There are many brands of engineered quartz, and each brand or company carries their own color palette. The product, itself, is made the same way from company to company. The producers of engineered stone all provide a palette of a color that resemble the natural beauty and wonders of the earth and are named for some of the serene places around the world.
The composition of a quartz counter top makes it a low maintenance product. It is a dense non porous surface that resists stains, mold and mildew. Quartz surfaces are durable for your kitchen use; it is heat resistant and scratch resistant. With the proper care and maintenance of your quartz surface its beautiful shine will last many years.
Prevention: Although your quartz counter top is stain, scratch and heat resistant doesn’t mean that it is indestructible. Always using the appropriate cutting boards or trivets and cleaning up spills quickly will ensure that your surface will not be damaged.
Regular Cleaning: Daily cleaning of your counters with a damp cloth or mild non-abrasive soap will usually clean sufficient. Cleaners that should be used should not contain any bleach. Some recommendations to use include: Formula 409 Glass and Surface Cleaner, Lysol, Denatured Alcohol. Strong chemicals and solvents should be avoided such as those in paint thinners, oil soaps, nail polish remover, bleach, permanent markers or inks and chemicals with high alkaline levels such as those of oven cleaners, drain cleaners, etc. It is always advised to contact your fabricator before applying a cleaner that is not recommended.
A polished finish on a quartz surface does not need to be resealed or polished to keep its shine. Do not apply waxes or sealers to the surface of your counter top. These products will only build up on the surface and can be hard to remove over time of applications.
Leather finish: If you choose to purchase a Quartz/ Engineered Stone counter top with a leather finish it may require more frequent cleaning than that of a polished surface.
Engineered stone / quartz are basically made the same way from company to company, warranties however do vary some.
LG Viatera: A 15 year limited warranty that warranties the material to be free of manufacturing defects to the term of 15 years after the date of installation. This warranty is transferable. A new warranty registration must be submitted with proof of the original purchase. The warranty will be valid for the remaining time since the original purchase. This warranty applies to the surface materials that have been properly maintained in accordance to the care and maintenance guidelines. The material must be installed in an interior application and has not been moved from its original location of installation. firstname.lastname@example.org
SileStone: A 15 year limited warranty applies to the SileStone quartz surface to be free of any manufacturing defects. It covers exclusively to the original purchaser of the surface that has been permanently installed in the residence of. It covers the product if the product has been maintained in accordance to the SileStone care and maintenance guide. The product must be registered with Cosentino USA within 60 days of installation. Registration for warranty is online at www.cosentinowarranty.com
HanStone: HanStone carries a Lifetime limited warranty available to the original owner of the residence in which the quartz has been originally installed. The warranty is non-transferrable and applies for only interior applications in North America. The product must be registered on or before 30 days of installation. Hanwha L & C at 888-426-9421
CaesarStone: A lifetime limited warranty of 10 years for residential installations is offered. The warranty will warrant from the original date of installation, and the material that fails due to any manufacturing defect when fabricated and installed by a CaesarStone Certified Fabricator. This Residential Lifetime Warranty is available only to the original owner of a single family residence in which CaesarStone has been originally installed. In the case of a newly constructed single-family residence, this warranty is available to the “first” owner purchasing the residence with CaesarStone permanently installed and is transferable according to the terms and conditions stated below. You must register your CaesarStone product within 30 days after installation to activate the warranty. If warranty is not completed, a proof of purchase or invoice with your name and the dealers name must be provided. To obtain a warranty registration, go online to: www.CaesarStoneUS.com or call 1-877-978-2789.
All warranties above do not cover the following:
- Failure to comply with the care and maintenance guides by the quartz company
- Removal of surface from its original place of installation
- Damage caused from improper use or abuse including that of damage from accidents, abuse of impact, chemical damage, and acts of nature
- Any exterior applications, flooring applications, excessive heat damage
- Any chips or cracks caused by improper counter top support, chips or cracks obtained from impact
- This warranty does not cover natural variations in the color, size, shape and distribution of the pattern of the natural quartz or the natural variations in background tone. These characteristics are inherent and unique characteristics of the product. Color samples provided to consumers, dealers and fabricators are only representative and not an exact replication of what will be installed in your home.
For more information please visit the manufacturer websites of quartz companies.
- Can you scratch granite? Granite is one of the hardest stones on Earth, second to diamonds. It would take something as hard as granite to scratch your granite tops. However, granite is not scratch proof. Cutting bread and foods directly on the surface will not scratch the tops, but is not recommended. Doing so can dull your knives and can leave metal shavings in the granite.
- Can granite chip? Granite does not chip unless you are heavily abusing your counter top with excessive force. Depending on the stone, the most prone areas for chipping would be any 90 degree edges, areas around the sink or square edges. Chipping is not covered under warranty and most can be repaired. Keep any chipped pieces if possible and contact Coulee Kitchens & Baths.
- How do I clean up spills? If a spill happens on your granite, it is important to clean up quickly as possible. Do not wipe the area, this makes the spill spread to other areas. Blot with a paper towel then flush with clean water and mild soap. Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth and repeat as necessary. Avoid placing foods containing grease and butter directly on counters surface. They may cause staining. (Example: cookies, chicken, turkey, etc.)
- Is my granite sealed when it is installed in my house? Your fabricator will apply a sealant to the counter top before installing it in your home. However, future applications of sealant, is the homeowners responsibility. Resealing of your granite is recommended to be done once a year.
- Does the polished surface on granite ever dull or wear off? The products that could harm your granites surface are not usually found in your kitchen. Things that could harm the polished surface would be those with a high acidic or caustic level. (Rust removers, CLR, car wax, stripping solvents, etc.) Before using any chemicals, it is recommended to contact Coulee Kitchens & Baths, Inc.
- Why do I have to select my own slabs of granite? Granite can vary from a tile sample to an actual slab of granite, and slabs of granite can vary from each other even when they are the same color name. It is important for you, as the customer, to get the look and color you want in your home.
- Do granites with veining have weak areas? Typically granites with veining are not considered as weak points. Veining in granite happens because of the minerals found in the earth at the time of formation. Impurities such as iron, ore, and other minerals create different colors of veins. Veined granite is popular because of its uniqueness and the look of a natural color flow throughout the granite.
Polished granite is durable and stain resistant. It is recommended that all granites should be sealed no matter the color. Sealing of the granite is done before installation by the fabricator and should be repeated once a year by the homeowner. The counter top surface should never have to be buffed. For resealing granite questions please call (608) 783- 2090.
Cleaning: Daily cleaning of your granite counters can be done with mild soap, such as dish soap and hot water. Some colors and types of granite, usually the darks or blacks, may require drying with a towel or cotton rag to eliminate water spots. Polishing your counter tops are totally optional with a counter top polish made for granite which deepens the color and adds shine. For other methods of cleaning or polishing, use a multi surface cleaner such as Pledge, or SCI (stone care international) Polish and Cleaner which may be purchased at your local Menards. Do not use any products that contain bleach or abrasives.
Resealing: The granite tops that you purchased has been sealed before installation. Re sealing granite should be done once a year to ensure stain resistance. The re sealing process is very easy to do for the homeowner. Sealer can be purchased at your local Menards store in the cleaning department. SCI – Stone Care International Sealer.
- Step 1: Clear everything off counter tops.
- Step 2: Wipe off dust and food particles with a rag and warm water.
- Step 3: It is best to clean the granites surface with a stone cleaner like SCI stone cleaner before resealing. Follow directions on the bottle. Another way to make sure the granite is clean is to use Denatured Alcohol. Spray and wipe counters with Denatured Alcohol to remove any grease and film. (Denatured Alcohol can also be purchased at your local hardware store. Pour into a spray bottle is the best way to use.) Make sure counters are dried.
- Step 4: After the granites surface is dry, spray the SCI sealer onto the counter to create a good liquid appearance; massage the sealer into the counter top using a clean rag, surface should be moist and soapy. Let solution sit on counter top for up to 30 minutes. Do not let the sealer dry to the surface, re moisten if drying occurs. After the 30 minutes take a dry clean rag and wipe off excess sealer. For more porous granite repeat step 4 sealing process 1 hour after the first application.
To check to see if counter tops are sealed when dried, pour a small amount of water in an area that is used the most on your counter top. Leave water sit for about 15-20 minutes. Wipe the area dry. If there is a dark spot where the water was, then the stone needs to be re sealed. Make sure to let the water evaporate out of the stone before resealing. This could take several hours.
Spills: If spills occur on your granite it is important to clean up quickly as possible, even with sealed granite. DO NOT wipe the area; this will make the spill spread to other areas. Blotting with a paper towel and flushing with clean water and mild soap should prevent any staining. Dry the area with a soft cloth and repeat as necessary. Hot oils and cooking grease may soak into the granite and cause staining. Avoid placing hot foods containing butter or oils directly on the surface of granite. (Examples: turkey, chicken, cookies, etc.) Warranty does not cover stains from food being left on counters.
** Not all granites have the same physical characteristics, but most have a low absorption rate.
Heat Resistance: Granite is heat resistant for your kitchen needs. Setting hot pots and bake ware on your granite will not burn or scorch them, but it is not recommended. Hot items should never be placed on top of any seamed areas. Seams cracking or separating from this is not covered under the warranty and damages due to this is at the homeowners’ expense of repairs.
Scratch Resistance: Granite being a very hard surface is scratch resistant, but not scratch proof. Cutting on your granite is not recommended, because of markings left by knives, this can also dull your knives over time. Granite can be scratched by other pieces of granite or anything that is harder than granite. (Examples: Diamonds, quartz, stoneware dishes etc.) Repair is possible but is at homeowners’ expense.
Heat: Heat does not necessarily affect granite, but the use of hot pads is recommended at all times. Any damage due by this are not covered by warranty and is at the homeowners’ expense of repairs. Do not place hot items directly on seams. Seamed areas are held together with a resin and the resin cannot withstand high heat, cracking or popping of seams can occur.
Seams: Seam separation or tops cracking or chipping due to; dropping heavy objects on them, sitting or standing on tops, loose moving cabinets not mounted properly, setting crock pots, deep fryers, pizza ovens over seams or directly on counter surface are not covered by warranty and are at the homeowners’ expense of repairs.
Scratches: Granite is scratch resistant, not scratch proof. Cutting on your granite is not recommended because of markings left by knives. (This can also dull your knives) Granite can be scratched by other pieces of granite, or harder items such as diamonds or quartz. Any scratches and gouges due to sliding objects with rough or course bottoms such as any stone cookware pots and pans or dishes and any other objects are not covered by the warranty. Any scratch or chip repair that is possible is at the homeowners’ expense. In chipped areas please try to keep the chip pieces for easier repair.
Stains: Discoloring of sinks or tops due to spilling or dumping of concentrated dies or extremely hot oils or grease is not covered by warranty. Foods containing butter or grease should not be left directly on granite surface. Some oils that may be absorbed by the granite are tough to remove and are not covered under warranty. (Examples: cookies, chicken, turkey, etc.)
Sinks: Under mounted sink seams are not covered by warranty if sink is overloaded or by dropping heavy items in them. Children and pets should not be bathed in sinks in case of sink loosening, this is a safety issue for the child or pet, may cause injury or death.