|Restaurant, Cafe and Commercial Tables - Frequently Asked Questions||
About Granite Restaurant and Dining Tables...
(marble, limestone, slate)?
What about Seating (Chairs)?
Demand has motivated us to offer affordable seating to use with our tables. We are currently refining our offering of seating and while our presentation of our chairs is not yet finalized, they are available now. Our seating
Why not buy thin granite with wood underlayment, it's cheaper and maybe lighter? Thin granite is always tempting because of its lower cost but it should be avoided. Granite is a natural stone that has imperceptible fissures and weak points. Granite that is 3/8" or less in thickness may not be able to withstand flexing when the table is picked up or moved. When tables are moved, the weight of the base or a person pushing down on the edge of the table will stress the natural fissures in the stone and cause cracks to appear. Wood substrates will not prevent flexure from occuring.
Another problem with the thin, inexpensive granites is that you will see the seam where the edge piece is glued to the top piece. If you want the clean refinement of granite in your establishment, don't sully it with unsightly seams. You may not see them from afar (or you may) but your customers will see them and pick at them while they are seated.
In an effort to reduce cracking, the thin granite is laminated to a 1" piece of plywood. Not only does 1" plywood still flex, but it's heavy. The weight of a 1" ply/granite top in 24" round is ~50 pounds... exactly the same as 3/4" solid granite.
Lastly, the wood underlayment is not waterproof and is therefore subject to swelling... again causing cracks in the granite.
Aren't granite tops
This often leads to a reasonable, but fortunately incorrect, assumption that the freight on granite table tops is excessive. It is not, as the freight class in which granite can be shipped makes the freight comparable to table tops of other materials. You will need to arrange for the manpower to unload the table tops or arrange for a lift gate delivery (let us know if you elect this option as we can help set it up) as we ship via common carrier and do not usually ship our tops via parcel service (UPS).
Are granite tops suitable for outdoor
Does granite stain?
Only a few colors demonstrate this trait. Our granite has a sealer applied before shipment. Sealer for reapplication (optional, after years of use) is available from HCI and at tile and granite shops.
Can granite be scratched?
Does granite chip?
Can granite crack?
Is granite heat resistant?
Is granite sanitary?
Will my granite
look like the sample?
Do you make tables
from other types of stone
Many of these other stones are metamorphic stones with a high content of calcium carbonate and are susceptible to 'etching' when exposed to common acids such as those found in lemon juice, red wine and vinegar. This 'etching' will quickly and permanently destroy a polished finish even though the stone neutralizes the acid so quickly that it rarely compromises structural integrity.
Other stones, such as slate, also have a place in furniture construction but are not as durable for high wear applications.
Are other sizes
available? Colors? What about custom edges?
Hundreds of industry standardized colors and patterns are available in granites suitable for highly durable and usable table tops (not all granites are appropriate for tables). Our five standard colors have been selected to compliment and enhance a wide range of decors from those consistently and affordably available to our factory in Brazil. We are able to offer such an attractive standard pricing by limiting cafe-tables.com's offering to these.
How do I care for
Cafe-Tables.com applies a sealant to each granite table shipped. Unlike most sealers, ours is FDA approved for occasional food contact (of course, most sealers used on table tops and counter tops are food-safe, just not FDA approved).
Glass cleaning solutions such as Windex should not be used on granite as they will degrade the sealant. There is a Windex product available now specifically for use on granite but be sure it is called out as such on the bottle.
The sealant will hold up through years of commercial use. Should you decide to use your granite tops for decades (try that with other table tops), reapplying the sealer every five to ten years takes no more more time or effort than polishing furniture.
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