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

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...

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...

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...

Material and Selection

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...

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...

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,...

Process

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...

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...

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...

All Questions and Articles

Find the information you need to make an informed decision.

Can Quartz Counters Crack or Burn?

Can Quartz Counters Crack or Burn? In a word: yes. However, understanding how to avoid problems is pretty simple. Quartz slab that is manufactured for use as countertop material is created from crushed quartz and resin. Quartz is a naturally-occurring mineral and the...

How Do I Clean and Care for My Quartz Countertops?

How Do I Clean and Care for My Quartz Countertops? So, your sleek new quartz countertops are installed, and your kitchen or bathroom now looks sophisticated and elegant. You’re totally in love with the new look. You hope it looks like this forever, which now begs the...

How Do I Clean and Care for My Granite Countertops?

How Do I Clean and Care for My Granite Countertops? Counters are a big investment, and like any good homeowner, you want to make sure that you keep that investment looking good. You also want to help it last a long time. The question is, how?   Taking good care of...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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