Remodeling and Home Design Kennett Square Tile, Stone & Countertops

PCA_STP_emblemGoogle_reviews

Google+

610-628-3496
515 School House Road,
Kennett Square, PA 19348

QUALITY

QC_Photo_Calipers

INSTALLATION

install

DESIGN

granite

Stone Masters just received a shipment of 1.25 inch thick (3CM) slate from Brazil! The slabs are big and beautiful. They have a honed finish which feels smooth to the touch and is black to dark gray in color with a hint of green only visible when wet, agered or oiled. The photos below show it in its natural un-oiled state, except for the last photo which is wet.

This can be oiled or agered to achieve a darker color which brings out a very light green hue. Slate is hard and has a very low absorption rate.  This means the porosity is very low, much lower than granite but not quite as low as soapstone (which is almost, if not completely, zero).

Slate is ideal for fireplaces and countertops and has been a traditional material for centuries which makes it ideal for historic renovations.

 

Slate_Slab_Whole

Below is a close up photo of our black/gray slate, again unoiled in it's raw state.

Dry_Slate_Close_up

This is the same stone wet with water and close up. come see, feel and experience black/ gray slate in person for a 1st hand view of this material.

Wet_slate_close_up

Stone Masters will help you select stone with minimal cracks, fissures and other blemishes that you may not even notice at the stone yard. We have over 90 colors and 500 slabs on site to choose from. You will find stones from $39 to $119 per square foot to choose from. We also offer quartz from Caesarstone, Hanstone, Silestone, and Cambria. Don't forget we have soapstone, limestone and marble on site as well. There are literally hundreds of different materials, colors and textures to select from. We have composite sinks from Blanco and Swanstone on display as well as custom made to order soapstone sinks. Artisan stainless steel and private label stainless steel under-mount sinks in every style and configuration is on display for you to feel and touch. We can help with sizing and selection to ensure that the sink you want actually fits your cabinets.

Stone, sinks, faucets and tile back-splash must work in harmony to fit perfectly together. Getting all these components from one vendor is not only convenient, but more cost effective too. Stone Masters offers removal of your existing counters, back-splash and plumbing services to make your whole remodel as stress free as possible.

Award Winning Service and Selection

We have won National Association Remodeling Industry (NARI) awards for our work and have thousands of customer survey feedback comments on file for you to review. At the end of each job we hand our customers a rate us form and use that as continuous feedback about many areas of our business. Your satisfaction is paramount to our continued success. We have some of the comments posted on our testimonial pages. To see them all, stop in and ask to see them.

If a competitor does beat our price, first look closely at the actual slab of stone you will be getting. Second, analyze the quality of the services. Are they planning on chopping up stone and piecing it in your kitchen or will they be using precision digital measuring, cutting, milling CNC's and water jet technology to produce your stone. Third, ask to see a certificate of insurance, read their warranty. How long they have been around? Read their online reviews and ask for references. Look at the showroom and factory with your own eyes. Look at the working conditions, selections and variety of the products offered. Stone Masters is not always the least expensive, but we are always the best value for Granite kitchen tops, marble kitchen counter-tops or stone vanities.
We install the maximum sealing and stain protection possible. While not stain proof, our penetrating process offers the most protection possible. For more information regarding sealing stone read this sealing natural stone article or to get a price and details about our sealing service. We apply one coat of sealer in our shop, and another during installation in your home

Why Stone Masters

Because Quality and Value Never go out of Style!

Design - Traffic patterns, task flow, radii, arches, edges, overhang and focal points are critical to achieve a functional yet beautiful kitchen design.

Selection- Stone Masters will help you select stone with minimal cracks, fissures and other blemishes that you may not even notice at the stone yard. We have over 90 colors and 400 slabs on site to choose from. Stone Masters has composite sinks from Blanco and Swanstone on display as well as custom made to order soapstone sinks. We offer Artisan stainless steel and private label stainless steel under-mount sinks in every style and configuration for you to feel and touch. We can help with sizing and selection to ensure that the sink you want, actually fits your cabinets. We carry Rohl, Grohe, Artisan, Luxart and others faucets, all are on display. This is not the low quality stuff you will find in homes centers. Hi-end and hi-value selections abound through out. If the faucet style you seek if retro, commercial spring, bridge, or modern and sleek we offer a wide range of price and all with elegance, value & convenience

Template - All of our jobs are digitally templated and "scribed" to fit your walls. We do not just square cut the counter top. Many competitors do, and you end up with gaps and excessive caulk where the counter meets the wall.

Material - All of our stone is first quality premium slabs with minimal fissures. Most species are resin treated. Be careful there is a lot of commercial grade material being offered as first quality.

Fabrication - We use a hi-resolution digital imaging system called Slabsmith for layout to achieve the best possible grain match and this is just the beginning. Waterjet and CNC cutting are essential for accurate shaping and profiling. Sink and cook top pieces are rodded both in front and behind the opening. We use threaded metal anchors embedded into the stone to be sure your sink stays in place long after we leave. All finished work is hand polished to assure an even and professional finish. See how counters are made.

Installation - Our installers use chemical biscuits at each seam. The seams are finished off with a state of the art "Gorilla Grips" vacuum seamer and pigmented epoxy for the least visible seam possible.

Convenience- We offer removal of existing counter tops, plumbing disconnect and reconnection. we offer tile back-splash design and installation to make your kitchen remodeling experience easier.

When your project requires more than these services, we can recommend hi-quality professional general contractors and design-build firms that have a proven track record and have earned hi-praise from past customers.

What to Look for when selecting slabs/fabricator

What to look for when selecting Granite slabs and/or your fabricator.

  • If the stone that you like has a lot of veins and movement look for evenly colored slabs from left to right and top to bottom. This allows for better color matching at seams!
  • Higher price level and higher quality slabs have a smooth resin finish on top of the stone. Feel the surface with your finger nail, especially the veins and fissures to ensure that the resin is smooth especially in those areas.
  • Slabs with mesh and resin on the back slabs are typical of high-end and fragile stones.This is important to maintain the structural integrity of the more exotic, colorful and fragile stones.
  • If your job requires multiple slabs, check that the slabs are sequential (They have numbers on the side). This allows for optimal color and grain matching, which especially important at seams.
  • Will your countertops be “Scribe fit” or “Square Cut”? A scribe cut counter will follow the walls irregular shape perfectly while a straight cut counter will be caulked or even worse, cut into the drywall allowing winters cold air enter the cabinets and your house. ASK FIRST!
  • Rods should be installed inside the stone in critical areas such as in front of and behind the sink cutout. Does your fabricator do this? ASK FIRST!

What to avoid when selecting slabs/fabricators.

What to avoid when selecting Granite slabs or fabricators.

  • Prices too good to be true. You already know the old adage. If it seems to good to be true, it probably is. This industry is especially vulnerable due to most customers not knowing how to tell a good stone from a bad one.
  • Standard quality (2nd quality) slabs have flaws you may not even be able see, but can lead to cracking during or after installation. Mix and matched lots and kitchens pieced together from remnants is common practice to hold down costs at many fabrication shops.
  • Avoid, fabricators who make their templates with strips of plastic or wood. Demand digital accuracy. The difference in finished product fit is tremendous.
  • If you choose slabs that have veins and movement in the colors you would be crazy to allow a fabricator to cut your slabs without digital Slab Smith layout technology.