Granite, Quartz and Stone Learning Center

Enjoy our articles, videos, and more to learn about granite, quartz and other stone countertops and projects.

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Pricing

How Much Do New Countertops Cost?

HOW MUCH DO NEW COUNTERTOPS COST?   Often the first question a potential countertop customer asks is: How much will my new countertops cost? While this can be a difficult question to answer, we will do our best to explain some general pricing guidelines applicable to...

Who Warranties My Granite or Quartz Countertops?

WHO WARRANTIES MY GRANITE OR QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS?  We live in the “age of guarantees” which is to say we expect our highly valued and highly priced possession to be insured against loss. If the new car in the driveway won’t run, we expect the warranty to cover the cost...

3 Reason Why You Should Finance Your New Slab Countertops

Kitchen Counter Financing?  Why not! Your high credit score should count for something! To our knowledge, we’re the first Portland area custom stone fabrication shop to offer financing. Until now, people were forced into the big box stores hiring the lowest bidder...

Shop & Compare – But Beware

These days, if you’re shopping for granite counter tops, you know it’s a great time to buy and you’re probably doing lots of research and comparing competitive quotes. As you shop, keep this in mind: comparing granite counter top companies is more complicated than it...

Material and Selection

Successful Slab Selection

Successful Slab Selection Would you commission a painting or sculpture to display in your home without consulting with the artist?  If the piece was to be the focal point of your collection, how much license would you grant them? If you are like most art connoisseurs,...

What is the difference between granite and quartz?

 What is the difference between granite and quartz? Granite and quartz counters have far more similarities than differences, but the differences are really important to understand.  If you are trying to choose and are a little confused, read on to gain a...

Granite Counter Care & Maintenance

For general maintenance questions, please refer to the MIA web site for guidance. As members of the Marble Institute of America (the organization that sets the quality, safety, and maintenance standards for our industry), at Crowley’s Granite Concepts we suggest...

Can Stone Countertops Ever Be Stain Proof?

Are Stone Countertops Stain Proof? A question we often hear from customers considering the purchase of granite, other natural stone, or quartz countertops is, “Are they stain proof?” The simple answer is . . .  not really. Quartz and properly sealed natural stone...

4 Steps To Loving Your Material Selection

4 steps to loving your material selection What happens if you select slabs and then decide you don’t like them? It rather depends at what point you have this epiphany. This is one decision you really need to get right before your fabricator starts sawing up your...

2 Stone Counter Materials to Watch Out For

2 Stone Counter Materials to Watch Out For  Natural stone counters are beautiful and are increasingly fabricated from a wide variety of natural materials.  While slabs of stone are generally referred to as “granite” it is important to know that many of them are not....

What’s Currently in Style?

What’s Currently in Style? Wow! That’s quite a question. The trite answer is whatever is in design magazines or on HGTV, but that isn’t necessarily correct. What’s considered stylish in Europe, US east coast cities, or southern California isn’t necessarily a favorite...

The Aesthetic Differences between Granite and Quartz

The Aesthetic Differences between Granite and Quartz If you’ve read our article on how granite and quartz are “made”, (if not click here) you know that the processes are very different…granite is entirely natural while quartz is engineered. Those differences determine...

Will My Granite Emit Radiation Or Radon?

Will My Granite Emit Radiation Or Radon? After an extensive series of tests were recently conducted on all of the major types of granite used for countertops, it was determined that granite is not a significant source of radon gas and the small amount of the gas found...

The 3 Finishes You Should Consider When Selecting Your Material.

One of the first questions you should ask yourself is: “What Kind of Finish Do I Want?” Choosing the type of finish for your new countertops is something you should consider.  Since you will be looking at and feeling your counters for a very long time,...

2 Keys To Finding The Best Material

2 Keys To Finding The Best Material You know the color and type stone you want in your home, and now want the best price and value. How do you go about it? 1. Ask you fabricator for suggestions. Your fabricator should help by directing you to the most reputable local...

Granite, Quartz, or Soapstone– WHAT’S BEST?

GRANITE, QUARTZ, or SOAPSTONE – WHAT’S BEST? Granite and soapstone have been used for counter tops for generations and are very popular today. Quartz, or engineered stone, is an increasingly popular option with many unique benefits that differentiate from traditional...

5 Keys to Selecting Stone Countertop Material

5 KEYS TO SELECTING STONE COUNTERTOP MATERIAL Choosing the right stone or quartz material for your kitchen counters and bathroom vanities is a very important and personal decision. With so many options to choose from, what’s the best way to begin? 1. Ask questions....

9 Steps To Granite And Quartz Counters

9 STEPS TO GRANITE AND QUARTZ COUNTERS   Most customers have never been through the process of purchasing granite or quartz counter and find the process a little overwhelming.  This article will explain the process from start to finish as well as how it will...

What is Granite?

Granite is a widely occurring type of igneous stone. Igneous means it is formed from magma, which is a hot, fluid rock beneath the surface of the earth. Granites are usually medium to coarsely crystalline. Granites can be pink to dark gray or even black, depending on...

Process

3 Keys To Hiring The Right Contractor

3 Keys to Researching a Contractor’s Reputation Many homeowners begin remodel projects assuming they will be stressed out and frustrated before the project is complete.  Some worry they will be taken advantage of.  Sadly, these concerns are sometimes well founded...

Principles of Kitchen Layout and Design

How your kitchen is designed can either facilitate kitchen activities, or create congestion and “traffic jams”. The Architecture Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was founded in 1944 with the goal of improving the state of the...

Who Removes My Old Counters?

Who Removes My Old Counters? Potential customers often worry about removing their existing counters to make room for new. They ask, “Who takes them out and how do we get rid of them? Who disconnects and reconnects my plumbing?” The answer is . . . it depends on your...

Do Glues, Sealers, And Supplies Range In Quality?

Do glues, sealers, and supplies range in quality? Fabricators use a variety of glues, tints, sealers, and supplies to join seams, seal natural stone, and make your counters look their best. “Are all the glues and other materials of equal quality?” That is an excellent...

6 Keys To (Nearly) Invisible Seams

6 KEYS TO (NEARLY) INVISIBLE SEAMS  Fabricators love to talk about the quality their seams because that is what customers want to hear.  Some claim their seams are invisible. Are they telling the truth?  Can seams really be “invisible”? Well, if your idea of invisible...

Undermount Sink Failure in Granite and Quartz

Undermount Sinks Problems in Granite and Quartz One of the many advantages of granite and quartz countertops in a kitchen is the unique option to “undermount” a stainless, composite, or cast-iron sink. Not only do they look great, they are supremely functional because...

Why do I have to talk to so many people at Crowley’s?

Why do I have to talk to so many people at Crowley’s? As you work with Crowley’s to complete your countertop project, you will most likely have contact with one or two people from three of our four departments. Each phase of your job has a group of specialized staff...

Will Crowley’s Be On Time?

Will Crowley’s be on time?  Construction projects can be stressful, and exacerbated by contractors who can’t keep a schedule. We get it. Crowley’s is not a typical slab shop but rather a manufacturing-oriented company with a structured 6-day turn-around from template...

Will Glue Fills Make My Stone More Likely to Break?

Will Glue Fills Make My Stone More Likely to Break? Just the opposite actually. Natural stone has a wide variety of hardness and fragility. Some natural stone has more natural fissuring and veining than others. Glues and resins are used to fill fissures and cracks,...

Instructional Videos

to help you understand granite and how we work with it.

Best-Granite-Seams

Not all seams are created equal. The Crowley’s method will help you forget you have them.

How-heavy-is-granite

How heavy is granite? Very heavy and we have the equipment to move and store it correctly.

Quick-Countertop-Install

We provide a quick 6 day turnaround from template to install.

Your-Granite-Remnants

There will be granite remnants from your slab. Crowley’s has some great ideas of what you can do with them.

Large-Granite-Installs

How big is too big for granite? We have the techniques to make it work.

Best-Granite-Template-Material

We use high quality vinyl to create your templates. Watch the video to see why it is the best.

Don’t forget to “Consider the Feel”

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Before and After Pictures

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