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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Stonemasonry a trade?

August 29th, 2012

Yes… Stonemasonry is a qualified trade. It’s a 4 year apprenticeship. For further information contact us and / or MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre. Training Centre; SkillTech Australia TAFE Brisbane.

Should I pick my stone before my Cabinets?

August 29th, 2012

There is no golden rule. Some clients prefer to choose the Granite first in order to pick a colour vein or cluster within the stone which is present to tie in the colour flow of the cabinets. It just comes done to personal preference.

Stone Bench tops vs. Laminate?

August 29th, 2012

When you think about it, most people prefer to eat from a porcelain plate as opposed to a plastic one! Chefs all over the world prefer traditional granite and marble for their stone bench tops.

Type’s of Stone Bench tops?

August 29th, 2012

Stone bench tops can approximately be divided into two classes:

  1. Mother Nature’s – Natural. Consisting of Granite, Marble and Limestone
  1. Man made – Reconstituted / engineered. Sophisticated and innovative brands like Caesarstone® Essastone®, Quantum Quartz, Smartstone, Stone Italiana  just to name a few.

Granite, Marble, Limestone or Reconstituted Stone — which one is better?

August 29th, 2012

The Marble & Granite Fitters Cairns recognises the difficulties that potential clients face when trying to select that special piece of marble, granite, limestone or reconstituted stone and that is why we stock a large selection and variety for you to choose from. The advantage of engineered brands is the consistency and uniformity of each slab and how they look and provide your home a modern and contemporary environment. Granite, Marble and Limestone have a distinctive advantage that offers a large range of texture and patterns within the slab which is produced by Mother Nature. We sell each product based on its own positive qualities. Choice comes down to personal preference.

What is reconstituted / engineered stone?

August 29th, 2012

Reconstituted stone is also known as “engineered stone” and is composed of natural marble/granite granulates and powder combined with a highly specialised polyester resin. The resulting product has physical properties similar to those of marble/granite, but has a number of properties and characteristics which surpass natural marble/granite from its raw state.

Other ground aggregates such as stones, mirror flecks, coloured glass and shells are also added to some batches, and combine the strength and durability of composite materials with the elegance of natural stone.

For example sophisticated and innovative brands like Caesarstone® Essastone®, Quantum Quartz, Smartstone, Stone Italiana  just to name a few. Check out the supplier’s web site for the 10 / 15 year Limited Warranties that apply.

Where do engineered stone brands come from?

August 29th, 2012

Caesarstone® – Town Caesarea and the other plant in the north at Bar Lev. Israel

Quantum Quartz – Vicostone in Vietnam

Essastone® – Verona, Italy

Smartstone – Portugal, Spain and China

Stone Italiana – Zimella, near Verona, Italy

Where does Natural stone come from?

August 29th, 2012

It’s remarkable that solid pieces of stone can still be pulled out of the ground in quarries right around the world, cut, then polished to give you the opportunity to have your very own piece of art work in your home… from our own Aussie backyard Chillagoe, to romantic places like Italy and Spain right through to exotic places like Brazil and many, many more.

The countries with largely the most commercial granite include Brazil, Finland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, India and several countries in southern Africa, such as Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Is reconstituted / engineered stone water proof?

August 29th, 2012

Water absorption / porosity value is less than 0.02% totally maintenance free – it NEVER needs sealing and resists ALL food-staining. Sophisticated and innovative brands like Caesarstone® Essastone®, Quantum Quartz just to name a few. Check out our web site for stone formulation break down and 10 / 15 year warranties that apply.

Does beetroot juice, coffee, tomato sauce, red wine or vinegar stain?

August 29th, 2012

Reconstituted / engineered stone brands are stain resistant for 24 hours! I would highly encourage you to come and collect a stone sample therefore you could apply your own testing… you’ll be impressed!

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