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Stone-Counter Education

Oklahoma Granite and Stone has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to countertop education. Scroll down to view key points and industry terminology.

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Learn more about Granite Slabs, Stones, and great Sinks!

Suppliers sell us 20+, 3cm, 1.2" granites, the "thicker" ones, at $10.00 SF or less. We sell at WHOLESALE. 

Popular stones on TV home shows, in house-design magazines, or viewed online.

WELL-KNOWN SLABS FROM ALL QUARRIES AROUND THE WORLD

Stones that bring kitchens and baths to life. The multi-hued "Designer" slabs start at $15.95 WHOLESALE.

Granite's a bargain. Our cost-pricing lets stone COMPETE WITH LAMINATE!

Quartz, quartzite, and marble are costlier than granite. Let us help you compare.

Whatever stone you choose, it's ALWAYS wholesale.

CLICK JUST BELOW TO SEE MORE STONES, MANY UNDER $10 SF, WHOLESALE TO YOU.

VMC Stone (Note that the left-side pricing button only shows on laptops & PC's). 

70% OF OUR CLIENTS PICK STONE UNDER $16 SF AT  WHOLESALE.

Some people like the look of man-made quartz. 2-3x the cost of granite, with smaller slabs.

 

Quartzite is a real-stone version of quartz. Very costly. Sometimes fractures easily.

Granite at our wholesale is very affordable. The slabs are like snowflakes; no two alike!

NO MATTER WHAT STONE YOU CHOOSE, WE'LL FABRICATE AND INSTALL IT AT JUST $28 A SQUARE FOOT.

No up-charge for complex patterns, round corners, busy stones, high-iron, or extra seams. $28 SF, PERIOD.

 

Your choice of 4 FREE EDGES, too.

See something you like? Our Designer will help pick a perfect stone at our cost.*

 

* Stone yards sell to the trade only. NO customer pricing, to protect shops who buy from them and mark up the slabs. We sell at cost. You'll always hear wholesale prices from us.

Yards open Mon-Fri 8-5, Saturday 9-12, some until 2pm. Call/text for an appointment 918-747-7893.

 

When you choose slabs with us, you get an invoice-copy at the yard to show our cost. 

OUR SLAB PRICE IS YOUR PRICE.

We fabricate GRANITE, QUARTZ, MARBLE, QUARTZITE, AND ALL "STONE" MATERIALS.

Great Sinks for Less!

See our catalog of sink offerings

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Stone Countertop Trade Terminology

Homeowner Knowledge (alphabetized)

1.2 CM - 1/2" synthetic marble used to line showers or cover walls, where strength and thickness is not as important.​

2 CM
- Two centimeter thickness = .8", or "three-quarter inch". Good for vanities. Only slightly cheaper than 3 CM.

3 CM - Three centimeter slab thickness = 1.2", often said "inch and a quarter". First choice in kitchen countertops.

Bonding - Installation of undermounted sinks or double-thick countertop edges with high-strength epoxy mixes.

Corbels - L-shaped or flat iron brackets on 8"+ overhangs to avoid stress cracks.

Dimension Stone - Stone quarried into blocks for end-use, like stone-counter slabs.

Drop-In - Sink mounted on a counter from the top. Flange all around it covers the edges of a rough-cut hole.

Edging - Counter edges are shaped with various profiles of diamond grinding-bits.

Engineered - Synthetically created countertops, different from those found in nature.

Fab - Labor to transport slabs, template patterns, cut to size, grind edge profiles, cut and drill holes, polish and seal.

Granite - Hard, natural, igneous rock, made of quartz, mica, feldspar. Quarried from mountains around the world.

Granite Backsplashes - 4" rear-counter risers, normally done on vanities, but rarely in kitchens anymore (Think tile!).

Honed/Brushed/Leathered - Most slabs are polished, but honed = matte, brushed = bumpy, leathered = bumpier.

Laminate - Thin, patterned plastic, veneered to layers of pressed-board. The most common name is Formica.

Lead-Time - Days/weeks from the time Clients choose their material to installation of a job.

LF - Linear foot/feet. Also called RF or running feet. Straight-line distance, as opposed to SF.

Marble
- Natural limestone, crystalized as calcite/dolomite. MUCH softer than other stones.​

Mohs Scale - 1-10 hardness scale. Diamonds are a 10, granite and quartzite 8 or 9, quartz is 6-8, and marble is a 4.

Polishing - Wet-sanding with multiple grades of abrasives to create a smooth and shiny countertop surface.

Quarry
- Deep excavation to get raw-stone to the surface.

Quartz - Material man-made from silicon-dioxide poly-resins under pressure. Much higher cost than most real stones!​
 
Quartzite - Metamorphic sandstone baked by tectonic heat-pressure in the earth’s crust. The priciest  stone material.

Remnants (Fall-off) - Pieces left after fabrication. Under 2x2 ft normally discarded by Fabbers.

Rodding - Insertion of tubular rods (stainless, fiberglass) sometimes used to strengthen certain counter areas.

Sandstone - Natural stone equal in hardness to granite. Very porous. Hard to find, and needs specialized sealants.​

Seal - Application of a chemical countertop-sealant to further increase the spill resistance.

SF
(Square Feet) - Width x depth (wall to front edge), in inches, divided by 144 = SF. 

Sink-Setters - Brace-brackets used to add more strength to an under-mounted kitchen sink.

Slabs
- Flat pieces of natural or synthetic stone, quarried or molded to about 100-140" wide and 60-82" high.

Soapstone - Natural stone. High talc content. Fractures easily. Frequent oiling needed to maintain the original look.


Solid Surface - Resin-based counters; can look like stone. Common names are Corian, Wilsonart, and Swanstone.

Template - Final drawing of cabinets, sometimes using paper or foam strips, to create a counter-cutting layout.

Under-mount - Sink installed beneath a counter, bonded in place. Finished-stone edges overlap 1/4" into the bowl.


Vessel - Sink that sits entirely on top of the counter. The top is not hole-cut, just drilled for the faucet and drain holes.

Shop Lingo

A-Frame - A-shaped frame, mounted on a trailer or truck to transport stone counters.

 

Bridge Saw - Huge overhead saw with a diamond-blade, to cut/shape slabs into counters.​

 

CNC - Computer Numerical Control. An automated-cut version of a large bridge saw.

 

Cuts - Slices with diamond blades and bits to create counters or to "mount" sinks etc.

 

Dolly - Wheeled, U-shaped cart with pads/clamps, used to move countertops from an A-frame trailer into a building.​

 

Fab Table - A big, often tilting ("tilt-table") steel platform to cut and fabricate stone slabs.

 

Rail Saw - A much smaller type of granite saw used for cutting slabs to countertop size.

 

Shims - Composite or cedar wedges to level variations in the top edges of cabinets.

 

Tooling - The use of cutters, grinders, polishers, etc. to fabricate raw-stone slabs into finished countertops.

We hope this helps you to know the stone-counter trade. We try to educate; so you can choose the perfect material, color, pattern, edge, sink, etc. -  IT'S GOOD TO KNOW THE BUZZ WORDS!

Call or text with questions. Happy to advise on anything from a small vanity-top to the largest kitchen.