WHAT IS GRANITE?
Mined from around the world, large blocks of granite are cut into varying sized slabs that are then polished. Granite is a popular choice for countertops due to its strength and variety of rich colors and natural patterns.
Granite is 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 is 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 has 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 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.