Epic Stone offers a custom look for your countertops

Posted Online: Feb. 05, 2013, 10:50 am
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By Claudia loucks, cjloucks@qconline.com
Epic Stone LLC, which opened its doors in Davenport in July 2006, is a company described by Jeffrey Bass, general manager, as "a customer-minded, locally owned stone warehouse. We take great pride in putting customer satisfaction above everything else."

Epic Stone, a wholesale stone supplier, will have a display at the Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Association Home Show Feb. 8-10 at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island.

"We will feature full slabs of material, as well as tile and mosaics at the Home Show," Mr. Bass said.

Although all samples of stones slabs available will be not be displayed at the Home Show, the company offers a showroom of full slabs of stone, primarily for countertops, but also for many other uses.

"They can browse through our warehouse of over 170 colors, and have the option to hand choose individual slabs desired for their specific project," Mr. Bass said, explaining that Epic Stone does not do any of the fabrication."Consumers order their projects through their respective contractors, cabinet dealers, designers, or stone fabricators. We offer a wide display so they will be able to make their selections."

The company offers many choices, including granite, marble, travertine, soapstone, sandstone, and quartz surfacing, as well as tile, including natural stone, porcelain, ceramic, and mosaics.

"We also are a local distributor for Wedi, a waterproof shower and tile backer system," Mr. Bass said.

"What Epic Stone does is give people the ability to view material and select specific slabs, rather than choosing from small, inaccurate samples," he explained, adding that because of the variation in natural stone, samples usually do not match slabs.

"By hand-selecting a slab, customers know exactly what their countertops will look like, and they can match cabinet colors, paints, fabrics, and anything else they would like to their choice of stone," he said.

Mr. Bass said Epic Stone has one of the most complete, internationally imported stone inventories in the area."We are also willing to special order a stone if we do not have what the customer is looking for," he said.

In addition, Mr. Bass shared some important tips about care of natural stone.

He said it is important to wipe up spills as soon as possible because some liquids can etch the surface of natural stone if left on the surface too long.

He also cautioned against using abrasive cleaners on natural-stone countertops. "A mild dish detergent is all that is needed to clean the countertops. On marble, limestone, onyx or travertine, avoid using cleaners that contain lemon, vinegar or any other acidic components," he advised.

"If you happen to get a stain on your countertops, contact your fabricator, as there are methods that can be used to treat and remove most stains."

Stones used for countertops are usually porous to some degree, which means that the countertops will need to be sealed, Mr. Bass said.

"Talk to your fabricator about how often your specific countertops should be resealed," he said. "A simple test is to place a few drops of water on the surface of your countertops. If the water remains on the surface of the stone, the sealer is intact. If the water absorbs into the stone, the countertops need to be resealed."

Epic Stone is located at 110 N. Division St., Davenport, at the bottom of Division Street hill, between 1st and 2nd streets. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Also, private appointments may be scheduled.

For more information, call (563) 323-3603 or visit epicqc.com.
For more information, call (563) 323-3603 or visit epicqc.com.


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