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The granite countertops at Capitol Granite, are highly resistant to everyday wear and tear, particularly against scratching and heat. One downside to this material is that it must be resealed periodically. While it is a widely-used surface material for kitchens and baths, some more rare color varieties may be considered high-end and come with a heftier price tag.

Granite Colors: white, blue, gold, beige, yellow, gray, green, red, brown and black.

WHAT IS GRANITE?

Mined from around the world, large blocks of granite are cut into varying sized slabs that are then polished. Granite countertops are a popular choice due to its strength and variety of rich colors and natural patterns. Contact us today to get a quote. Our granite countertop experts are available to speak with you right now!

TYPES OF GRANITE

Granite Countertops 

One of the most commonly asked questions in the realm of kitchen remodeling and design is whether granite or quartz is the better option. In an effort to break down the pros and cons of granite countertops, Capitol Granite came up with the top 4 categories that we hope will aid you in understanding the fundamentals of this beautiful natural stone.  Granite is a natural stone that is known worldwide for its very hard and durable qualities. Granite is actually 100 % natural and is mined throughout the world. Granite stone is typically cut and shortened down to a size that is more manageable for our clients. Once it is cut down it then is polished to give it that amazingly beautiful look that attracts us all.

1. What Does Granite Look Like

This beautiful natural stone comes in so many different options. A huge pro to this rock is that there is a granite abundance thus leading us to share that there are many colors and patterns that are all an outcome from the solidifying of the molten materials and cooling process. If you are thinking about going with a more subtle option to help your kitchen still look beautifully elegant or if you are gearing more towards a slab selection that will help your kitchen standout, then granite is the answer because no two granite slabs in the world look the same. You can bring your kitchen vision to life using out kitchen visualizer.

2. Environmentally Friendly

If you are considering getting granite countertops for your kitchen, the only way that this is possible is if the granite is quarried which essentially requires a ton of energy. If you are in fact interested in purchasing a high-class, top-quality slab all the way from Italy, then you must understand the potential transportation costs that will be involved. Some alternative options to this, is seeking stone that you can locally find in salvage stores.

3. Granite Maintenance

As far as granite maintenance, this kind of countertop should be cleaned on a regular basis if not, every single day. The cleaning process is fairly easy, all you need to do is dampen a cloth with some mild household cleaner. You should watch out for certain oils and acids because they can, in fact, stain your granite countertop. For longevity of this investment, look into getting your granite countertops sealed at least once a year.

4. Durability

Granite countertops are known for their durability and its fantastic resistance to many other kitchen elements. Since granite is a porous stone, if liquids are spilled on the countertop you run the risk of stains. You must be very careful with spills on granite countertops.

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Although typical application of marble is for the bathroom vanity tops, Jacuzzi tops and fireplaces, it is possible to use it in the kitchen. However, due to the fact that it is easy to scratch and is affected by acidic substances, such as vinegars, ketchups etc, we don’t usually recommend it. Moreover the high-gloss of the marble countertop can be partially lost as many chemicals etch its surface. In turn is considered the second hardest stone, its polish is not subject to etching by household acids, or scratching by knives and pots and pans under normal use. It is also not affected by typical kitchen heat such as hot pans.  Historically, marble has been the material of choice for centuries prior to the discovery and ability to quarry the wide variety of granites available today. Check out our live inventory here.

In general, no. All stone, however, is porous to some extent, but has very little porosity relative to other materials. Most colors will never show any moisture. A few colors may show some moisture if exposed for a period of time. For example, a puddle of water left on the counter for 30 minutes for some colors, may show a dark spot when the water is wiped away. This spot will then dry up and no evidence will show.  This is an indicator your sealer needs to be re-introduced to your countertops.

Only in cases of abuse , i.e. hammer / impact tool. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture.  Super-glue can also be used, as the clear glue will take on the appearance of the stone, and can be scraped to the same luster with a razor blade set on edge.

Not typically. Granite will not crack with the ordinary use. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during shipping and installation, and when excessive force is placed on the material, like stepping on the sink rail to change a light bulb over the sink.  Granite is very, very strong in compression, and normal use will not over stress this durable material.

It is very hard to damage granite. If any damage occurs it can be sealed with a mixture of epoxy and ground up chips of granite for larger areas, or Cyanoacrylate A glue for small, minute areas. Cyanoacrylate A glue dries fast to a glossy finish, making it suitable for granite repairs. Flowable epoxies are another option for deep penetration and stabilization of ‘cracks’.  Call us for more detail, if you need a repair.

Because granite is a natural material and is mined from the quarry in blocks usually no more than 10′ long, you will most likely end up with seams. Also, because granite is sold in rectangular pieces, you may want to use seams to reduce your costs, such as in an ‘L’ shaped corner. The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color and pattern. A small, uniform grain (such as Ubatuba) will not be as apparent as a larger varied grain (such as Typhoon Bordeaux). A dark color (Platinum) will be less apparent than a light color (Imperial White). A dramatic pattern with swaths of color (Kinawa, Paradiso) will show more seams than a uniform pattern (Dakota Mahogany). Most customers have found that the beauty of natural granite outweighs the concern of seams.  We utilize special digital photography and lay-out software to create ‘virtual seams’ to ensure veining will mate at seam locations.  This is an activity we encourage the client to participate in if their material is variegated (veined), and is a service at no charge.

Only if you want to ruin your good knives. Granite countertops are harder than your knife blades and will dull them very quickly, if you use the countertop as a cutting surface. Always cut and chop on a wooden or plastic cutting board.

Polished granite is a very durable stone. It is also much harder than marble. Granite countertops have been used in the past in the commercial industry. Some of the obvious applications have been panels on the outside of buildings, walls, and floors of “high-traffic” areas. Granite countertops will withstand almost any element it comes up against including heat and cold. Granite itself is approximately 95-98% stain resistant but, we use a silicone impregnator on all our natural stone products. This will insure lasting life and beauty. Polished granite should receive the same cleaning care as polished marble, using a mild phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish-soap, soap flakes or powder which contains no aromatics. Follow with a thorough rinsing and drying with a cotton-flannel or chamois.

Yes, it has natural pits and fissures that are part of the stones natural structure. Some types of granite have more of such characteristics than other types, and pits can be minimized by applying sealer to the surface of the counter.

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