The 5-Axis CNC saw from Park Industries allows us to build faster and more complex granite designs. If you're seeking a contractor or subcontractor for your kitchen and bathroom construction or remodel, we are ready to help. And we have the tools.
"After moving into my new home I decided I needed a new granite countertop. My house was way too bland! I found Stone Creations of Nevada, and they could do exactly what I needed. All I wanted was to remodel my kitchen. I went ahead and picked out the shades of granite I wanted and we started the project. Not only did I get a beautiful new kitchen for a reasonable price, but all of the workers were very friendly. I really felt comfortable while they were fixing my kitchen. I was so happy with Stone Creations service, I will remodel my bathroom next year. Maybe soon I can remodel my whole house! You can guess that I will definitely use Stone Creations! I strongly recommend this business to anyone who is considering a remodel. Great job, Stone Creations!!!" -Happy Customer
Oddly enough natural elements (sand and dirt) do the most damage to natural stone surfaces. Use protective coverings to shield your stone surfaces from abrasive debris. Floor mats and placemats will go a long way in protecting your investment!
Organic stains from things like tobacco, fruit, coffee, leaves or bird droppings will generally come out on their own if the stone is outdoors. If the stain is indoors use 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia.
Metal can leave an orange, brown or green stain, depending on the type of metal. Create a poultice of a liquid cleaner mixed with baking soda. Spread the paste over the stain with a spatula and let sit for 1 or 2 days. Repeat this process as-needed. Metal stains may be permanent.
Oil-based stains may be removed with a poultice of baking soda and water.
Biological stains from things like algae, moss or mildew can be cleaned with a diluted mixture of water and bleach (1/2 cup to a gallon of water).
Pen or marker may be removed with hydrogen peroxide for light colored stone, or acetone for dark stones.
Scratches may be buffed with a dry 0000 steel wool. Try this method with water spots and rings, as well.
Paint may be scraped off with a razor blade or removed with lacquer thinner. For larger paint stains use commercial heavy liquid paint stripper. Stone may need to be re-polished.
Polishing and Enriching Color
Polish twice a year to keep your natural stone looking its best! Use stone polish. Shake bottle well then apply polish using a clean, dry white cloth towel. Let polish dry for two minutes then wipe off haze with clean towel.
Please contact us for assistance in maintaining your natural stone!
Making Your Dream a Reality
Considering a remodel of your home? Do you want the home of your dreams? Think long and hard about what kinds of materials you use for your new kitchen or bath construction. Don't install the same old tired laminate. Instead, go with a material that will last the test of time AND give you a big resale value for your money. Tile and granite work equally well in kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and patios for an all-season, durable and versatile look. If you're not sure where to start, the professionals at Stone Creations of Nevada, Reno's leading granite countertops company can help.
Benefits of Granite and Tile Upgrades
There are several benefits to remodeling your home with upgraded tile or granite, both now and later. An immediate benefit is that you get to enjoy your newly remodeled kitchen or bathroom not just with a boost in aesthetics but also an increase in function. Tile and granite are easy to clean and maintain. And in the case of granite countertops, for example, you can more readily prepare food with easy clean up. Future benefits include a higher resale value if and when you do decide to sell your house somewhere down the line, as buyers are attracted to high-end countertop materials. Not only is granite a timeless beauty, it can also be molded into virtually any shape you want to complement your space. Thanks to the flecks and patterns inherent in granite, no two pieces are the same -- much like a snowflake. Likewise, ceramic tile is elegant and easy to clean, plus it comes in a rainbow of colors, patterns and textures to complement any room. Why would you put a subpar material in your newly remodeled home? Make a statement with tile or granite.
Seek out the help of Stone Creations of Nevada in Reno and Sparks, where we make it our goal to bring your dreams to life!
There are two different kinds of natural stone: Siliceous stone and Calcareous stone. Knowing the stone will help you properly care for your granite counter tops.
Common Sense Approach to Cleaning and Care:
Please contact Stone Creations of Nevada for assistance in sealing your granite or determining what kind of granite you have!
The holiday season is in full swing. Christmas music is playing everywhere, bells are jingling for no apparent reason, and cinnamon and nutmeg are lurking behind every corner ready to pounce on your taste buds. Everywhere you go someone is reminding you to spend money on gifts that you never knew you wanted. Isn't it great?!!
We like to take this time to sit down in a quiet place with a piece of paper (and that mandatory cup of coffee or hot chocolate) and jot down all of the things we really DO want for Christmas. That will certainly make it easier when we are out and about and the holiday sights and sounds start to bend our will.
What makes a great gift?
If you are married or in a serious relationship, it might be fun to get serious about a Couple's Gift.
What's a Couple's Gift?
A Couple's Gift is one of those practical inventions that allows two people to spend a little extra on something they've always collectively wanted but have never been able to justify.
Still have your piece of paper? Great! Jot down some items that you and your Other have been dreaming about. Yes, that one! Write it all down. There are no wrong answers here.
Many times we doubt the possibilities before we've even put them on paper. At Stone Creations of Nevada we work every day with people who have had a desire for a better kitchen or bathroom, a dream of waking up every day and using a home that smiles back at them. We see how allowing yourself to DREAM and DREAM BIG are the keys to turning ideas into reality.
One of the great things about jotting all this down in advance is that you'll end up with what you REALLY want for the same or less expense than if you had given into the whims of Santa's Neon Lights.
Tell us what's on your Christmas List! We want to hear your dreams! And more important, we want to see them become a reality!
Take a moment to imagine yourself with a hot cup of coffee and a decadent treat, sitting at your new kitchen counter. The smooth granite is clean and expansive. An appetizing luxury. A dream come true!
Stone Creations of Nevada offers a two-week turnaround on most granite countertop projects in the Reno/Sparks area.
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers to help create and enjoy your dream! If you prefer to review questions by phone, please don't hesitate to give us a call!
Q. Where do I select slabs for my project?
A. You can view our selection of in-stock slabs or select material at any of the Reno area slab distributors. We can also source material from outside of the Northern Nevada area if needed.
Q. Which should I use: 2 cm or 3 cm slab granite material?
A.There is no major difference in the finished appearance or functionality of 2 cm vs 3 cm countertops. This issue is mostly driven by fabricator preference. 3 cm slabs are heavier and more expensive than 2 cm slabs, whereas 2 cm material requires more labor during fabrication. One fabricator may prefer 2 cm for its lighter weight and ease of installation. Another fabricator may prefer 3 cm because the edge isn’t usually laminated during fabrication, reducing the labor required to finish the project.
Q. Does Stone Creations of Nevada prefer 2 cm or 3 cm material?
A. We enjoy working with both!
Q. Is 3 cm stone more expensive than 2 cm?
A. Yes, 3 cm stone is more expensive than 2 cm, however the finished cost is typically very similar. The added cost of thicker 3 cm slabs is offset by the added labor cost of the laminating process used on 2 cm material. The price of natural stone is mainly influenced by its rarity, ease or difficulty of access to the quarrying location, and shipping costs. With rare and exotic materials, the price difference between installed 2 cm and 3 cm counters is more apparent as the added slab cost outstrips the laminating labor cost.
Q. Is there a standard size for stone slabs?
A. No there isn’t. I have seen slabs as small as 36″ x 60″ and as large as 80″ x 135.″ Quartz slabs, however, come in uniform sizes. Most brands come from the factory at 55″ x 120″ with some manufacturers supplying over sized slabs for large island counters.
Q. What is “lamination”?
A. For each finished edge of a 2 cm countertop, an additional 1.5″ wide strip of material is cut during fabrication. This piece is epoxied to the underside of the countertop along the front edge to create a 4 cm (1.5″) thick edge. Counters are laminated for aesthetic reasons; doubling the thickness makes the counter look more substantial. A plywood substrate is required underneath 2 cm countertops, and the laminated drop edge also serves to hide this plywood from sight. You can see a list of our laminated 2 cm edge details can be seen here.
Q. Does Stone Creations of Nevada “bookmatch” the laminations on their countertops?
A. Yes. This provides the best possible appearance on the finished product.
Q. What is “bookmatching”?
A. The two pieces on either side of a bookmatched seam are mirror images of one another. A piece of stone is cut in half and opened like a book, hence the name bookmatching! A bookmatched lamination strip is cut from immediately adjacent to the edge where it will be epoxied in place. Book matching keeps the color and grain direction consistent between two pieces of stone, creating a nearly seamless look. Backsplash can also be book matched to achieve a uniform appearance.
Q. How noticeable are countertop seams on Stone Creations of Nevada projects?
A. Visibility of our seams is mainly determined by material color. Uniform, homogeneous stones tend to hide seams very well. Slabs with lots of character and movement are fabricated with special care, and seams are aligned optimally to blend colors and movement. On the jobsite, seams are glued together with the help of a vacuum powered seam setter device,which holds two pieces of stone tight and flush until the epoxy is set. Each batch of epoxy is hand mixed and tinted to blend in with the individual stone it will be used on.
Unlike some production fabricators, we take special pride in creating the best possible seams on each and every job. A rough saw cut isn’t clean enough for our standards, so we machine each seam again during fabrication to ensure a tight fit between the two pieces. Installers are the most important part of the final appearance of a seam. Special care must be taken to ensure the tightest fit during installation, and our install crew has years of experience creating top quality seams. As a finishing touch, we often surface polish the cured joint to create a smooth and flush finish.
Q. Can we look at the actual slabs you will use on our project before you cut them?
A. Yes, we encourage this. In many cases we insist on it. If you choose slabs with movement, we provide a layout view, where you participate in deciding which piece is cut from which area of the slab.
Q. What is “Movement”?
A. This is a term used to describe granite & marble with directional veining. A homogenous piece is said to have no movement, whereas a stone with extreme movement might be a completely different color and pattern from one end of the slab to the other.
Q. What is your typical lead time for a kitchen project from start to finish?
A. From the time that we template your job until the time we install is usually two weeks. We do our best to accommodate your needs in this regard.
Q. In a remodeling situation, how long can I expect to be without a working kitchen?
A. Assuming you are simply replacing your countertops, we can often complete the entire project with only 24 hours of down time. We template without disturbing your kitchen. Once the countertops have been fabricated, our install crew is usually able to tear out your old counters and install new ones on the same day. We coordinate with a licensed plumber to disconnect your sinks in the morning before we begin tearing out, and often times we can have our plumber reconnect your new fixtures that afternoon or the next morning.
Q. Do you work with any products besides natural stone?
A. Yes. Please ask for our complete materials inventory, or let us know what you had in mind to complete your dream!
We look forward to making your dream a reality!
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