absolute Granite Countertops
With three generations of experience in the St. Louis granite countertop industry, Absolute has the combined expertise to ensure your investment in new granite countertops is handled with the utmost care and respect.
At Absolute, we provide granite sales, fabrication, and installation services. This means, we help our customers select the right granite slab, custom cut it, apply the edge detail, and finally install the countertop at their location. Our services are available to homeowners, designers, contractors, and home builders; fabricating and installing granite on everything including kitchens and bars, vanity tops, desks, bathrooms, shower walls, Jacuzzi surrounds, and more.
Customer service is extremely important to us at Absolute. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 we earned the Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting our excellent customer service. We strive to make the granite selection and installation process as easy for you as possible by keeping a flexible schedule for making selections and scheduling appointments. Our showroom is open to the public Monday through Saturday, alleviating most of the scheduling conflicts associated with selecting granite. If evenings are better for you, we are happy to meet with you then.
We offer the finest quality granite from all over the world. We work with several wholesalers and importers to offer you a broad range of colors and styles, making our selection virtually endless.
When selecting a color of granite, it’s important to take the color and space of the room into account. A large room with a good amount of natural light might look good with a darker countertop, whereas lighter colored granite could be used to make a small room feel more spacious. Ultimately it comes down to your preference, and with a wide variety of stones from around the world, we have something for every home, office, restaurant, etc!
Some exotic granite can get up to over $100 per square foot, but at Absolute the majority of our projects cost between $45 and $65 per square foot. This includes sink and cooktop cutouts, core holes for faucets and soap dispensers, material, template, and installation. The pricing also varies depending on the type of granite, the edge detail chosen, and the fabrication.
We have plenty of additional granite options than the 9 shown. If you are searching for another color or style, please do not hesitate to contact us today!
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Although quarried granite has been used in construction for millennia, granite countertops are a relatively new product. Initially cost prohibitive, granite countertops are now approaching the prices of some laminate countertops. This dramatic price reduction over time is due to the recent increase in affordable fabricating machinery and advanced abrasive technologies. The supply chain from the countries of origin such as Brazil, India, and Italy, to your kitchen has become very efficient in just the past 10 years. This means that compared to other solid surface alternatives, granite has a budget-friendly starting price point.
Granite is most often used as kitchen countertops and bath vanity tops. It can also be used for fireplace surrounds, tub decks, outdoor bbq’s and kitchens, wet bars, and many other surfaces.
Granite is extremely durable. On the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness from 1 to 10, 1 being the softest such as Talc to diamonds at 10, granite is between 6.5 and 7. Only minerals of equal or greater hardness can scratch granite. You will not scratch your granite if you cut directly on them with steel knives; although you will absolutely dull your knives. Granite can also withstand temperatures up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, so a hot pan will not harm it. We recommend using cutting boards with knives and trivets under hot pots.
Granite countertops are sought by homeowners, architects, and designers mainly for their unique and variety of appearance, low maintainability, and durability. For these reasons, granite is suitable for all interior and exterior residential or commercial applications such as kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops, fireplace surrounds, tub and shower surrounds, coffee tables, window sills, reception tops, conference tables, conference tables, outdoor barbeques, wet bars, etc.
Of course this is a matter of opinion, but we hear it so frequently and it is the main reason homeowners purchase new granite countertops in St. Louis. Think about how much time you spend in your kitchen. The look and feel of granite is pleasing to many that buy it. It is low-maintenance making clean-up after meals a breeze. It’s heat and scratch resistant so you don’t have to be as careful during meal prep as you would with other countertop surfaces. It comes in a variety of finishes such as polished, honed, brushed, suede, and caressed to suit your specific design. Granite countertops will add to the value of your home and many real estate professionals recommend replacing the kitchen countertops with granite to aid in a quicker sale.
In order to understand the process it helps to know about how the granite countertop industry functions in general. There are three parts to the granite industry.
For daily cleaning it is best to use a small amount of a mild dish detergent mixed in water with a soft sponge. It is not necessary to buy special granite cleaners and even the Marble Institute of America recommends this method for cleaning. If you would like the convenience of an all-in-one cleaner/sealer product, please keep reading.
Much of the misinformation surrounding the sealing of granite countertops is perpetuated by the Quartz countertop industry, other non-granite countertop purveyors, and uneducated people not familiar with the actual working characteristics of granite. They use fear to shed a negative light on granite instead of laying out the facts for all materials and letting the consumer decide.
Do you have to seal granite? Yes. Is sealing a huge chore? Absolutely not. Do you have to seal it every year? It depends. The fact is that each color of granite has unique mineral composition and will require sealing at different intervals. As a rule of thumb; the darker the granite, the longer the interval between sealing. The lighter the granite; the shorter the sealing interval. There is a simple test to determine if your granite needs to be sealed. Place a few drops of water on the surface of the granite. Wait 5 minutes and wipe it off. If the water has darkened the granite the granite needs to be sealed. If it does not darken the granite, then it does not need to be sealed.
We recommend a product called DuPont Revitalizer (PICTURE). It is a daily cleaner and has sealer in it so you don’t ever have to worry about maintenance intervals. You just use it as you would any other cleaner. This is available in a spray bottle or pre-soaked wipes and has a fresh and subtle citrus scent. Simply spray on and wipe off.
Contrary to their name, granite sealers do not actually seal the surface of the granite. They are actually impregnators are soak into the pores of the stone lengthening the time it would take a stain causing agent to soak into the granite such as olive oil which leads us to our next question.
Yes, although it is very hard to do and most stains can be removed simply. So let’s say you have a lighter color stone, haven’t sealed it in ages, and keep a bottle of oil near the stove for cooking. You notice when you go to use the oil some has run down the side and left a spot on the granite that has darkened the granite. Relax, it’s not ruined. There is a product called poultice, that can be purchased online or your local big box hardware store, which will remove the stain in most cases. The method is surprisingly similar to the cornstarch and water method of relieving a bee sting. Poultice powder is a non-acidic absorbent powder designed to draw out most stains in absorbent materials. Follow the directions on the product container and make a paste with the powder and water. You place the paste over the stain, cover it with plastic wrap, and seal the edges with painters tape. Let this sit overnight, remove the wrap, tape, and scrape the dried powder with a plastic putty knife or other non-abrasive flat tool. If there is still a dark spot, repeat as necessary until the stain has been removed. Typically, it takes 2-3 times for common organic stains to be fully removed. The best stain removal method is being proactive. Make sure to keep a dish towel or paper towels handy to wipe up spills when they happen. Don’t store oil containers on the countertops without some sort of coaster that will catch drips, and use fry screens to keep spills to a minimum.
Not enough to be concerned about according to these studies. If you are worried about radon in your home, please purchase a radon test kit. Any measurable radon in your home is most likely from the earth below your foundation. [Provide links]
Yes, most repairs we see are small chips on the edge profile from blunt force with a heavy pan in the kitchen. Granite is easily repaired in most cases. We use industrial strength epoxies and pigments to achieve the desired color and pattern so that repairs are not noticed by even the most discerning homeowners.
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