We have one of the largest selections of marble countertops in Wichita. We also carry granite, quartz, and many other natural stones. Quality Granite & Marble has more than 2000 slabs on-hand.
From project design, to fabrication and installation, we are prepared to assist you every step of the way! We install marble and stone countertops for kitchens, bathrooms, bars, fireplaces, and more. Residential, commercial, and contractor services available.
Marble countertops have a timeless look that is difficult to compete with. If you love the look, and want to add a luxurious feel to your home there is really no substitute. While the stone does require slightly more maintenance and care than some other natural stones, many homeowners consider this worthwhile in order to capture the classic elegance of marble. A few facts:
Marble comes in two types of finish, “honed” and “polished”. Polished marble is has a shiny, high-gloss look. It’s very smooth and it’s coating acts as a protectant. Honed marble is a flatter finish, it’s less reflective. People often choose honed marble because it is less likely to scratch or etch. A scratch on a matte surface will usually be less noticeably than on a shiny finish. However, honed marble will be more susceptible to stains because the stones pores are closer to the surface. Both options are suitable for most applications, including use in kitchens and bathrooms.
If you’re considering marble countertops for you kitchen or bathroom project, we hope you’ll visit our showroom to learn more about the stone. You can also check out our Marble FAQs. If you have any questions or would like to get started on your project, we offer free estimates and measuring, just call to schedule an appointment.
Our stock varies. Visit our showroom for our latest marble countertop stock.
Our stain warranty protects your stone for 15 years. If anything should stain it, we will come out to fix it. If for some reason we can’t fix it, we will replace the stone. If the stone is no longer available we will replace it with a stone of equal value. It’s a great piece of mind for your investment.
Industry standard seams come together with a polyester resin that keeps them from separating. The resin can be matched to the color of the stone, but the seams are still visible and can be felt. With a Dress seam, we miter where the two pieces come together and smooth out the seam by hand, making it much smoother and much less visible. During installation our installers go back over the seams to make sure they are as smooth as possible.
Our sink chip minimizer comes in handy for those little “accidents” where a pot or pan hits the edge a little too hard, causing a chip. With the sink chip minimizer we will come out and repair the edge around the sink any time you get one of those little chips. A one time repair can cost you $160 or more with each trip. This is definitely worth the upgrade!
There are a lot of granite and quartz products that have veins that run through the slabs. With a Layout/Vein Match we take photo’s of your slab and lay them out in our design program so we can match up those veins for you or put precise areas of the stone on specific tops. Our designer will have you come in and view exactly how your slab will be cut and laid out.
We can tearout your old laminate, solid surface or stone tops, along with backsplash if you choose to use the same product. We can coordinate your plumbing needs, including disconnect and reconnect of sinks and cooktops.
There is no need to shop around, we can coordinate your sink, faucets and fixtures for your project as well saving you time and making sure everything will be ready for your install.
For customers that are building new homes we have special evening and weekend hours by appointment. Contact us for more information.
If you’re considering marble for your kitchen, bathroom or remodeling project, we have answers for the most common questions people have about marble countertops.
Marble is a porous material, which means it has pores, or tiny holes in the makeup of the stone that air and liquids can be absorbed into. This can be a problem in kitchens, where spills are common. So generally speaking, yes marble should be sealed. How often depends on the stone and sealing process.
When your marble is installed, you’ll receive information about the proper sealing methods for your specific product. Typically you can seal marble yourself, the process usually involves spraying on the sealing agent and then using a soft cloth to rub it in.
Also note, because sealers wear over time, it is important to clean up spills quickly. If the sealer in an area has weakened, food and liquids can penetrate the stone which can can permanent stains, discoloration and etching.
Marble has a high heat tolerance, but you should not put extremely hot items directly on the stone. A pot or pan right off the cooktop for example, could cause a thermal shock that will crack the marble. Extreme heat can also cause a noticeable color change or minor burn mark on the stone. This is true of most natural stones. You’re not likely to have an issue if you do put something hot on your marble countertop, but it is recommend that you let items cool down or use trivets and coasters to be safe. If you’re looking for a stone with better heat tolerance than marble, try granite.
Polished marble is has a shiny, high-gloss look. It’s very smooth and it’s coating acts as a protectant. Honed marble is a flatter finish, it’s less reflective. People often choose honed marble because it is less likely to scratch or etch. A scratch on a matte surface will usually be less noticeable than on a shiny finish. However, honed marble will be more susceptible to stains because the stones pores are closer to the surface. Both options are suitable for most applications, including use in kitchens and bathrooms.
Marble is a softer stone than granite, quartz and many other natural stones. So yes, banging a pot or pan into the corner of your countertop could cause the stone to chip. The beauty and elegance comes with some sacrifices, one of those being you have to be a little more careful. While the stone is sturdy and often used in kitchens, chips are not uncommon. Luckily most chips can be repaired either with a DIY kit, or by a professional.
In Marble, etching is a corrosive chemical reaction that occurs when an acids interact with the stone. Specifically, marble’s calcium carbonate reacts, and is eaten away. This is not just a discoloration, but actual physical damage to the stone. Etching appears as dull spots on marble surfaces. Theses dull spots sometimes look like small stains, or water rings, but they go much deeper and are more difficult to repair. Unsealed areas could etch if lemon juice or other acidic foods penetrate the stone and remain long enough for this chemical reaction to occur. This is why etching is frequently a round shape, because it’s often the result of a splash or the bottom of a container.
Etching is more noticeable on polished surfaces, but it does occur on all types of marble.
Etched marble can be repaired by a professional. Usually this means polishing or refinishing an area. For minor etching, there are some DIY products that do a good job of repairing or reducing the visibility of the damaged area. Be sure to check your manufacturer’s recommendations before using any off-the-shelf products on your marble.
Please note, marble sealers do not completely prevent etching, so it’s a good idea to clean up messes quickly, use trivets and coasters, and repair any damage before etching has a chance to occur.
Use a non-abrasive dish soap and warm water. You’ll want a pH neutral soap, as acidic cleaners can harm marble. Apply a thorough covering of the soapy water and scrub gently. Don’t use rough scrubbing cloths, just a soft towel.
The, use a fresh damp cloth to wipe away the soap. Repeat this step until all of the soap residue is gone.
After the countertop is completely dry, you can optionally use a soft chamois or microfiber cloth to give the marble a little polish. Make sure the countertop is completely dry, standing liquids (even water) can penetrate unsealed areas and cause etching.
There are also marble specific cleaning products and polishes available in stores. Make you’ve reviewed your stone manufacturer/installers guidelines for cleaning your specific stone before using a store bought cleaner.