Frequently Asked Questions

Showroom Visit

Why can’t I get pricing from you?

As CRS is a wholesale distributor, all pricing will come from your stone fabricator. A fabricator is a sub-contractor who templates, fabricates and installs the stone and will be able to provide you a turnkey cost for the entire project. If you are working with a trade professional as a sub-contractor, builder, designer, etc. They will most likely will have a dedicated fabricator they work with.

Do I need a fabricator to visit the showroom?

No, even though we only sell to contractors and fabricators, our showroom is open to the public to come view our vast inventory in person. While we are unable to give you pricing, we will provide you with price levels to differentiate stones.

What price levels does CRS have?

Our price levels are from A to G, with A being the lowest and G being the highest.

Do I need an appointment to visit the showroom?

No, appointments are not required to visit our showroom. Clients are welcome to walk-in anytime during our business hours to browse our collection.

What are your hours?

Our showroom is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm Saturdays. We are closed on Sundays.

Are kids allowed in the warehouse?

Kids are welcomed to join their parents while they make their slab selections, as long as all safety rules are followed. Making the selection process safe and enjoyable is our upmost priority, kids will be asked to wait in the showroom if the proper safety guidelines are not followed.

Will CRS hold our slabs until our project is ready?

We understand that some material selections are made weeks or months in advance, and have designed a very client friendly hold process for that purpose. A temporary hold can be requested by customers during their visit, it is valid for two weeks from the hold’s date, a one-time extension maybe issued for an additional week, if CRS is contacted prior to the expiration date. If the material is required to be held longer, it can be done so by applying deposit. Please call our showroom at 512-640-6401 for more details.

What should I bring with me when I visit?

It is recommended to bring any helpful design elements such as cabinet, backsplash, flooring and paint samples. We will have limited amount of samples available to use upon request.

Types of stone

What types of stone does CRS carry?

We currently carry a wide variety of over 250 colors of natural and engineered stones including but not limited to Granite, Marble, Quartzite, Quartz, Calcite, Dolomite, Soapstone and Porcelain slabs.

CRS directly imports all it’s Natural stones from around the world, and has inspectors with decades of experience in several countries to maintain highest quality standards.

CRS is an exclusive distributor of LG Viatera Quartz surfaces and Infinity porcelain surfaces in the Central Texas area. Our live inventory is available to view on this website at all times and is updated on regular basis. Select the option “Stone Inventory” from the menu above to take a trip around the world from the comfort of your home.

What are different types of natural stones?

Granite is one of the hardest natural materials on earth, which makes granite the most sought after natural stone for counter tops, vanities, flooring and many other indoor and outdoor uses. Composed of many different minerals primarily of quartz, mica, and feldspar, granite’s look is unique. This is because it is formed deep in the earth at extremely high temperatures. Melting minerals gives the granite its extreme variety of vibrant colors, wide range of patterns, and its durable strength.

Quartzite is a metamorphic quartz-based stone formed in exceedingly hard layers. In some deposits, intrusion of minerals during the formation process creates unusual coloration which is the reason for breath taking movements and variations in quartzite slabs. Due to it’s

Marble is a natural stone composed predominantly of calcite and dolomite or serpentine, depending on the color. Marble has stunning range of rich colors from snow white, or salmon, to coal black. Marble adds an elegant touch to vanity tops and fireplaces. Since marble is not as durable as Granite and Quartzite, it is not highly recommended for kichen countertops.

Calcite and Dolomite are natural stones composed similar to marble, and are often mistaken for marble due to similarity in it’s looks. But since Calcite and Dolomite are not as soft as marble they are more durable for countertops, which makes them a popular choice amongst customers looking for a marble look but low maintenance.

What are different types of Engineered stone?

Quartz is an Engineered stone made of 93% crushed quartzite particles and 7% epoxy resin. Due to it’s modern look and high durability, quartz is a popular choice amongst homeowners for countertops. For more questions and information please visit LG Hausys USA.

Infinity Porcelain large format slabs are made of 100% natural raw materials and minerals. They are the same essential elements contained in granite, which, when sintered at a tempreature of 1230C, create a new, compact material with incomparable technical performance. For more questions and information please visit Infinity Surfaces.

What stone is preferred for outdoor projects?

Any natural stone is suitable for outside application since they area not affected by the direct sunlight, but harder stones as Granite or Quartzites are preferred for outdoor use. For Engineered stone, porcelain is designed for outdoor use and will withstands outdoor elements. Quartz countertops are not preferred for outdoor application.

Care and maintenance

How often should I reseal my natural stone?

On average, a stone sealer will last between 3-5 years before it will need to be reapplied. The quality of the sealer used and the porosity of the stone will all have an effect on just how long your sealer will last.

As many different factors go into determining how often a stone should be resealed, it is best to consult with your fabricator.

How should I clean my countertops?

For natural stones it is recommended to use a natural stone cleaners for daily use. Any acidic cleaning solutions as 409, windex, etc. will damage the sealer on the stone and make them more prone to damage.

Will bacteria grow on my stone countertops?

No matter the surface, unkempt and unclean countertops can harbor bacteria. Granite and Quartzite, when kept clean, are tested to being second only to stainless steel to resist the growth of bacteria.

Will I need to repolish my natural stone?

You will never have to re-polish your natural stone under normal household use.