Answers to the most common questions regarding our services
If you do have any questions regarding the service we operate at FM Marble in Sutton, you’ll likely find the answers below. For any other queries, please contact our team directly. We provide a leading natural stone supply service for the London, Surrey and Sussex regions.
No, just a sketch with the sizes of the worktops. Please mark which edges need polishing and mark features such as hob, taps and sink. Also mark the position of drainer grooves and upstands, if required.
We are open from 7.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. We open Saturday mornings by appointment only.
It helps to see the materials in large slabs. As it is a natural product that we supply, the appearance does vary from block to block on some of the materials. We would also be happy to send you samples.
Before we visit you to template, your base units need to be fixed in place and level. The walls need to be plastered. We need any hobs or sinks to be fitted left on site.
Tiling usually takes place after the worktops have been fitted.
Not necessarily, but it needs to be discussed with us prior to templating. Usually about 90% of kitchens can be templated with the old tops on. They do, however, need to be removed prior to us fitting the new worktops.
Yes, granite worktops are heat-resistant. Granite is a natural stone known for its excellent heat resistance properties, making it a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Granite can withstand high temperatures without suffering significant damage, such as cracking or discolouration.
Granite worktops can vary in price depending on several factors, so whether they are considered expensive or not depends on your budget and individual preferences. However, compared to quartz, it is fairly more expensive.
Granite worktops are not inherently difficult to clean, but they do require some specific care to maintain their beauty and longevity. Methods such as: warm water scrubbing, using mild cleaners, etc. will help clean the material properly.
Yes, granite worktops can often be repaired, depending on the extent and nature of the damage. Granite is a durable natural stone, and many common issues can be addressed through professional repair methods.
Granite is not “manufactured” in the traditional sense, as it is a natural stone formed deep within the Earth’s crust over millions of years. However, the process of obtaining granite for use in construction and countertops involves several steps, from quarrying to finishing.
Quartz worktops possess a degree of heat resistance, although they are not entirely impervious to high temperatures. Quartz, being an engineered stone composed of natural quartz crystals and resins, exhibits specific characteristics, including its ability to resist heat.
Yes, quartz used in countertops and various other applications is a man-made product, although it incorporates natural quartz crystals. Engineered quartz, often referred to simply as “quartz,” is produced by blending approximately 90-95% natural quartz crystals with resins, polymers, and pigments.
No, quartz is not porous. Engineered quartz countertops, composed primarily of natural quartz crystals (around 90-95%), resins, polymers, and pigments, are designed to be non-porous. The manufacturing process involves compacting and sealing the materials tightly, resulting in a surface that is highly resistant to absorption and moisture penetration.
Quartz and granite are distinct materials, sharing some similarities but differing significantly. Both materials are durable, with quartz being non-porous and requiring less maintenance, while granite is known for its natural beauty and individuality. Ultimately, the choice between quartz and granite depends on personal preferences and practical considerations.
Both quartz and granite countertops can stain, but their susceptibility varies. Quartz countertops are engineered to be highly resistant to staining because of their non-porous surface. Granite countertops, on the other hand, are more porous, which means they require regular sealing to maintain their stain resistance.
The best material for bathroom countertops depends on your individual preferences and needs. Engineered quartz is a favoured choice for its non-porous surface, durability, resistance to stains and moisture, and a wide variety of design options. Natural granite offers a unique and enduring aesthetic, but it requires occasional sealing for stain and moisture protection.
You might consider replacing your bathroom worktop for various reasons. Aesthetic updates are a common motivation, as older worktops can become dated or show wear and tear over time. Damage, whether in the form of cracks, stains, or irreparable issues, may necessitate replacement for both functionality and appearance.
Kitchen worktops can vary in their heat resistance depending on the material used. Natural stone materials like granite and marble are generally heat-resistant to some extent, but extreme heat can still cause damage over time. Quartz countertops are engineered to be more heat-resistant than natural stone, but they can still be damaged by very high temperatures.
The best material for kitchen worktops depends on your preferences, budget, and needs. Granite offers durability and elegance with resistance to heat and scratches. Quartz, an engineered stone, is non-porous, easy to clean, and highly resistant to stains and scratches, available in various styles.
The duration of a kitchen worktop installation process varies depending on factors such as the chosen material, the size and complexity of the kitchen layout, preparation requirements, the fabricator’s schedule, customisations, and seam work. Typically, a straightforward installation can range from a few hours to a full day or more.
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Fantastic service and the marble end product was great! Will be using F M Marble for all the kitchen tops on my future projects
Scott and his team were extremely helpful when it came to understanding which stone would best for my kitchens, I really appreciate the time they took, helping me make the most informed decision. Will definitely be using FM Marble again in the future!
The team were great throughout the whole process of fitting a granite worktop in my kitchen. I couldn’t ask for a better end product. I will definitely be using them again in the future.
Great service from FM Marble. The team who installed my new worktop were quick, tidy & professional and my new kitchen looks great!