Information

Step 1

Provide us with a rough drawing with measurements

Step 2

Choose a few of your favourite material colours. Visit Our Showroom to see samples in person. Or visit our suppliers websites online or in person to choose.

Materials: Granite, Marble, Quartzite & Quartz

Step 3

Choose your counter-top edge. We recommend pencil edge as it is modern and sleek. 


Choose single edge or double edge. We cut at 45 degree angle mitre so joint seams are less visible.

Choose a Sink (optional)

We supply sinks and faucets as well. 

Quotation

Ask us for Quotation(s), choose your 3 favourites. *3 FREE QUOTES* .  Once quote and material has been approved, we will come to professionally measure. Please ensure cabinets are in place. *Deposit is required before templating appointment.*

Installation

After Templating, once material has been delivered to us, it takes about 10 to 14 business days until installation date for large projects. For small pick-up orders, it takes 3 to 7 business days. 

about natural & Engineered stone

Natural Stone Care

- Needs to be sealed (we seal before install)

- Easy to take care of, low maintenance

- Mostly resistant to stains, unless left for too long. 

-Avoid leaving or using acidic items on counter to prevent sealer wear

- Don't leave coffee, wine, tea, etc on marble surfaces for a long period of time

- Do not clean counters using vinegar, lemon or other acidic products

- Use mild soap and water to clean counters

- Can withstand high heat (but recommend use of trivets)

-Granite & Quartzite are great counter-top options with very low maintenance!




Engineered Stone Care

-Easy to take care of, low maintenance 

- Avoid leaving or using acidic items on counter

- Mostly resistant to stains, unless left for too long

- Do not place hot skillets or pans directly onto surface

-Not heat proof, chemical proof or fracture proof

- Use mild soap and water to clean counters

- Do not recommend for outdoor use (can discolour)

- Do not recommend for fireplace (not heat-proof)


FAQ's

What’s the difference between marble and granite?

Although both are natural stones and both are quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives - limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. The greatest difference lies in the porosity, softness and durability of marble when compared to granite. Granite is stronger, less porous and more resistant to stains and heat.

What is Quartzite?

Quartzite is harder than granite, so it is quite durable. It withstands heat very well. Quartz is hard too, but not quite as hard as quartzite. Quartzite is natural stone, like granite, but is more costly that granite. 

Do I have to buy the whole slab?

Buying slabs is similar to buying fabric. Like a seamstress or tailor, Marble View Inc. buys the raw material from suppliers and sells you a custom fabricated product with installation. How much material needed is determined by the layout and the amount of waste. Marble View Inc will lay out your job in a way that will minimize the amount of waste material while maximizing the natural beauty of veining and pattern. You are encouraged to “tag” the slab(s) you would like for your projects that require at least 1 full slab (we will direct you to the supplier that best fits your wants). 


If you don't need 1 full slab, we have a large variety of stones at our fabrication facility that you can choose from.

Why are some stones more expensive than others?

Availability, locations of quarries in the world (due to transportation expenses), the rarity of the color, and the amount of labour required to extract the stones all affect the price of natural stone. Higher price doesn't mean higher quality.  

What is “honed” stone?

  

Granite, Marble, or Quartzite that is honed has a matte or satin finish, rather than a high reflective polish. One feature of honed marble is that it doesn’t show etching as readily, or wear patterns on floors. It is preferred by some because “honed” stone has a less formal, softer appearance than polished stone and gives it a more rustic look. 

Why are granite and quartzite good for kitchen counters?

Granite and Quartzite natural stones are highly resistant to scratching, cracking and staining, and is impervious to heat. Daily kitchen activities pose no problem and it can take a hot pot without the use of a trivet, although we would still highly recommend using a trivet to be safe. This makes granite an ideal choice for countertops.

FAQ's continued

Can granite be damaged?

Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects, or any other issues that may occur with long term use or home foundation changes. But repair is possible - a chip or crack can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture.

How do I choose which natural stone I want?

There is a very large variety of natural stone. We suggest browsing online first to get an idea on colour or pattern. We will then direct you to our suppliers where you can visit to choose and tag your slab(s). We suggest tagging the slab you would like so that the exact slab gets delivered to us and fabricated. Please ensure there are no cracks prior to fabrication, as it is natural stone, and therefore can still have imperfections, minor cracks/fissures due to the nature of the product.

Does Granite & Quartzite Stone Stain?

In general, no. All stone, however, is porous to some extent, but granite and quartzite have very little porosity. A few colours may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact compared to others. Usually, no evidence remains once the liquid is removed and the surface dries. A stone sealer is highly recommended for all natural stones after installation. It  is important to use a penetrating sealer to prevent stains from oil, wine, coffee, tea or other liquids from possibly soaking into the surface.  

Does granite or quartzite burn?

No. You can't burn granite or quartzite with ordinary use. It is perfectly ok to set hot pots or pans directly from the stove or oven onto granite. However, we always recommend using a hot plate not matter what just to be extra cautious. 

I’ve noticed some stones have pits on the surface - will I have these on my kitchen counters?

Natural stone, which is crystalline in structure, is likely to have tiny pits - spaces between the various mineral crystals. Stone sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure that formed the granite ages ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material. However, these areas can be filled if needed. A product of nature cannot be expected to look man-made.

Will my kitchen have seams?

Due to the limitation of slab size, seams on countertops may be necessary and sometimes unavoidable. On average, granite slabs are approx. 110"x66", though in some colors, 120" slabs are not unusual. Extremely large islands may either require a seam, or colour selections will be limited to those slabs that have longer lengths or widths. The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color and pattern of the stone. With edging (double edge) we cut at 45 degree miter angle to limit seam appearance. Feel free to visit our showroom kitchen to see how unnoticeable seams are to the eye due to our fabrication process and skills!  

FAQ's continued - Marble

Can I use marble on my kitchen counters?

Yes, but we don’t recommend it.  Be aware marble (and limestone and travertine) are calcium carbonate, and their polished surface is more vulnerable to household acids including vinegar, mustard, Ketchup, citrus and a host of other food-related products. These acidic substances cause a chemical reaction, which will remove the polish. Additionally, marble and limestone can be scratched more easily than harder stones such as granite or quartz (man-made). However, we do not recommend using Marble for kitchen countertops.

  

However, Marble does make a perfect pastry slab; it’s perfectly smooth, cool surface is ideal for rolling out dough and pie crusts!

What’s the best way to clean marble and other soft stones?

The old rule of thumb is never to use anything you wouldn’t use on your hands. Never use any product which is acidic; this includes substances like ammonia or many common liquid cleaners such as Windex. Mild soap and water will do the trick! Ensure your surface is sealed!