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Information about natural stone

Frequently asked questions

The team at Monumental & Masonry Supplies are happy to assist in any way they can for all of your stone requirements. If you have any further questions please contact our team on 07 3265 5433, complete our quote request or fill in our contact form today.

Can engineered stone be used outside?

It is not recommended to use engineered stone outside and doing so could void your manufacturer's warranty. Consult with our experienced stonemasons for individual product manufacturer's instructions. Several types of natural stone can be used outside depending on the location and application.

Find the best stone for your needs. Speak to our team on 3265 5433 or request a quote today
Can I cut my own natural stone?

All types of stone, especially natural stone, should only be fabricated by an experienced stonemason who has knowledge of working with various stone products. Many companies offer guarantees with the product and you may void your warranty if you do not use an experienced, accredited stonemason to carry out the fabrication.

Looking for an experienced Stonemason? Contact us today to find out how our knowledge and experience can help with your project.
Can marble be used indoors?

Yes. Marble is an amazingly versatile stone perfect for indoor features. Using marble in your home or business can add an air of luxury and class. With care and a little regular maintenance, your marble feature will looking amazing for many years to come.

Need help choosing the perfect stone for your project? Ask our experienced stonemasons today.
Do MMS Memorials supply direct to the public?

Yes, we do. We offer a wide range of memorials, headstones, and monuments which we supply in and around Brisbane; we are open to the general public to work directly with you in the design and installation of your stone products.

MMS Memorials can help get your project started. Request a quote today.
How do I care for Engineered Stone?

Engineered stone is a 91%-95% quartz-based product that has properties to assist in the maintenance of your surfaces.

For everyday routine cleaning it is recommended to wipe the surface with warm soapy water (a mild detergent) and a damp cloth, or alternatively use a quality spray and wipe type cleaner. For extra stubborn dried spills and stains, it is recommended to use a mild cream cleanser. Check with the relevant engineered stone guidelines as to which cleaner they recommend, or if they have a product available to purchase.

When using a cream cleanser, it is recommended using a small amount on a 3M Scotch-Brite Never Scratch All Purpose Scrubber which has been thoroughly soaked in warm water.

Heat resistance

Engineered stone will tolerate brief exposures to moderately hot temperatures, however, prolonged direct contact with, or radiated heat from very hot pots can cause thermal shock, discolouration or damage. Therefore, it is NOT recommended to place hot pots, electric frying pans and oven trays directly from the hot plate or oven onto the surface of engineered stone. It is recommended to always use a heat pad or trivet to place hot items onto.

Food Preparation

To avoid damage to the surface, it is recommended cutting food on an appropriate cutting board, as the hardness of the stone surface may blunt knives, or damage the surface.

Need help with your engineered stone? Contact us to find out how to repair damaged engineered stone.
How do I care for granite?

A sealer is applied by our stonemasons when the stone is crafted in the workshop and then again after installation of the granite in your kitchen or bathroom.

However, the following care should be taken daily:

  • Wipe with a soft wet cloth, with or without a mild washing up detergent – e.g. after washing the dishes. However, always finish with plain clean water, and if wished finish with a chamois.

PLEASE NOTE: Anti-bacterial detergents may leave marks even if utensils are rinsed with clean water.

  • DO NOT USE harsh abrasive cleaners or scrubbers, or furniture polish or oil.
  • If a little grease or another build-up occurs, use a soft cleaning pad or cloth similar to those you may use for a non-stick pan.

Caring for your granite

Granite is extremely hard wearing and tolerant of normal day to day use in a kitchen. To maintain the original lustre of your bench tops we recommend you to avoid the following:

  • DO NOT wipe bench tops for 24 hours after installation, especially around join areas.
  • DO NOT plumb in or use an undermount sink for 24 hours after installation.
  • DO NOT place hot pots directly on your granite bench tops. A heat pad or trivet is recommended.
  • DO NOT leave oil on the granite surface, wipe off immediately.
  • DO NOT chop vegetables on granite bench tops, a chopping board is recommended.
  • DO NOT stand, sit or granite bench tops. Heavy items could damage the structure of cabinets under the benchtop or cause cracking.
Would you like more information on caring for your granite? Contact MMS today.
How hard is granite?

Granite is a natural stone that is extremely hard, only slightly softer than diamonds. This means that granite is an ideal product to use for headstones or memorials.

Looking to use quality granite in your memorial project? Request a quote today.
I cannot find the stone material that I am looking for on your website?

No problems, we source our stone from many suppliers across Australia and around the world. If you have a specific product or colour in mind please let us know and we'll do our best to find the perfect stone for your design requirements.

Due to variations in colours and availability, we have decided to list just a few examples of the huge range of natural stone on our website. We endeavour to stay up to date with our engineered stone suppliers design and colour ranges here but if you can't see the product you are looking for we are sure to be able to source if for you.

Take a look at some of our range:

We can find the perfect stone for your project. Request a quote today.
What is marble stone?

Marble is metamorphosed limestone, composed of fairly pure calcite. It is used as feature architectural statement on many indoor applications including sculptures, flooring as well as buildings. Marble is well suited to both domestic, commercial and memorial use. This beautiful stone has long evoked a sense of elegance and prestige due to its exclusive and luxurious look and feel.

Bianco Carrara Marble

Bianco Carrara Marble

Find out more about using marble in your memorial or stone project. Request a quote today.
What materials are used to make a memorial or monument?

MMS Memorials use a range of natural stone products including granite, marble or sandstone when creating a memorial or monument. We have one of the largest ranges of stone in Brisbane which means that you have a huge selection of materials for your memorial or monument.

Memorials custom designed to your requirements. Request a quote today.
Where can I view samples of engineered stone and natural stone?

Monumental and Masonry Supplies have a stone showroom and workshop is located at 462 Newman Road, Geebung in Brisbane's north. We are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4 pm to show you samples of a huge range of natural and engineered stone materials. Our friendly team are happy to offer specialist advice on your next stone project.

Why does natural stone need to be sealed?

We recommend sealing natural stone to minimise liquid absorption or marking. When natural stone is sealed it will reduce the risk of it staining and make it easier to clean.

Need help from the stone experts? Contact us today.
Why use a stonemason?

Stonemasons are qualified to design, cut and carve, polish and shape a range of natural stone materials.

By working with a qualified stonemason you can be sure that you have enlisted the services of an expert tradesman that has the experience to work with a range of stone materials. They also have knowledge of the different compositions of the stone and are often accredited with different manufacturers.

A stonemason will have the necessary equipment to ensure a quality, long-lasting finish.

Looking for a professional stonemason? Request a quote today.