Quartzite Installation - ok or not?
Hi all GW TKOers!
Newbie delurking after many months - first of all, thanks to all who unknowingly helped me along the way! Your experience and knowledge have been very valuable.
I have a question on quartzite fabrication. I had Taj Mahal put in - required 2 slabs. I knew it would require a seam on a long island - irregular shape - 80" run with bar top above, 2 curves to the left at 45 degrees to each other. Total run 129". I bought my stone, went to fabricator, approved templates laid out by fabricator for bookmatch (had slabs 11 and 12), and it was installed last Friday. This island separates the kitchen from the family room. In addition to this island, the cooktop area is also done in Taj Mahal. The only thing taken from the second slab was the area with the 2 45 degree turns.
After installation, when I asked about why the veins did not line up, the owner said bookmatching is impossible at a 45 degree angle. I was very disappointed. Is this true? If so, I'm not sure why the fabricator could not tell me that at the time. He said the sink was too close to the turn to make a 90 degree cut/seam. I think they did a nice job on the seam, and I know this is not the end of the world as I know it, but I am nearing the end, am exhausted and it threw me for a loop. It is in a visible location for the most part, especially when standing at the sink.
We have been going back and forth by email - there were some other problems as well with the sink installation. I know it is still beautiful, and the natural variations of stone will not be perfect, however, I do feel the placing of the template changed after I left and I am not sure why.
So, I'm asking if you all have any experience/input? I can't find too much info on the Net about bookmatched 45 degree angles.
Thanks in advance!