We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that will help you understand and better take care of the surfaces you installed.
Should you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
What do I need to do in order to care for and maintain my new countertops?
Using coasters under glasses and placing hot items on trivets or potholders will help to keep your natural stone looking like it did the day it was installed. Many food items and drinks may contain acids that could etch or dull your stone.
Countertops should be cleaned with a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Also, powdered soap and all-purpose cleaners that are approved for use with natural stone are all products that can be used on granite countertops without damaging them. Do not use any household cleaning products, as this may break down the sealer on granite and may actually damage the surface of marble, limestone, or travertine.
What is a sealer and how do I know when it is time to apply one to my countertops?
A sealer is like a coat of armor for your countertop. Natural stone can be dense or porous and is absorbent to some degree. Stones that have more swirls or veins tend to be more porous and absorbent. Sealer will decrease the opportunity for something to stain or harm your surface. A protected stone will be easier to clean, resist staining, and provide a safer and healthier environment. By sealing your stone, you will more easily retain the natural beauty of the surface.
To test your countertop’s sealant, apply a drop of water at least ½-inch in diameter to the stone and let stand for at least 15 minutes. Cover with a glass to reduce evaporation. If the stone does not darken then it is probably sealed against water-based stains. To ensure the beauty and longevity of your stone, we recommend sealing your stone yearly.
What is the difference between marble and granite?
Most of the time, marble and granite can be identified by visible particles at the surface of the stone. Marble has veining, and granite has a flecked or granular appearance. Natural stone is categorized into two general categories according to its composition: Siliceous stone is composed mainly of silica- or quartz-like particles and tends to be very durable and easy to clean. Calcareous stone is composed mainly of calcium carbonate. It is sensitive to acidic cleaning products and frequently requires different cleaning procedures than siliceous stone. These types of stones include marble, travertine, limestone, & onyx.
What is the difference between Quartzites and Granites?
Granite is an igneous rock found more abundantly than quartzite, deep in the earth’s crust, providing the base for the many continents’ sedimentary rock. Quartzite consists of a larger volume of quartz than granite—under heat and pressure combined, quartzite is formed from sandstone and quartz, and depending on the amount of pressure to which it is subjected, empty grains of sandstone are stuffed with quartz. This means quartzite is actually harder than granites—on the Mohs scale of hardness from 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest, granite measures in at around 6-6.5, and quartzite measures in at approximately 7.
Will my stone have visible seams?
Most stone installations will require a seam. During design & layout, you can work with your fabricator to try to minimize the number of seams and to locate them in a less conspicuous area.
Should granite or marble be used for kitchen countertops?
Traditionally granite is used for kitchen countertops and marble is more often used for bathroom surfaces. Marble scratches much easier than granite does and when marble comes into contact with substances that are highly acidic – those substances can negatively affect the marble. Granite, on the other hand, is not subject to scratching, etching, or warping and is a great choice when choosing the material for new kitchen countertops.
Can I cut on granite countertops or put hot pots on the surface?
Granite is one of the hardest stone substances in the world and will not be affected by knives or typical kitchen heat. That being said, if you do decide to cut directly on granite then you can expect to have dull knives after only a few uses. Hot pots can be set directly on granite, but be aware that the granite will absorb the heat and be hot to the touch after the pot is removed from the surface.
Can granite countertops be damaged?
Granite is a durable substance that is much harder than marble and can withstand most elements like heat and cold. High impact blows can harm granite and granite can chip due to its crystallized structure. If not properly sealed, granite can absorb substances, such as oil, which can cause discoloration or spots to form.
Can granite be repaired if damaged?
It is extremely difficult to damage granite, but if it does happen then there are certain ways to fix it. A crack or etch can be can sealed with a mixture of ground up granite and epoxy.
Does granite stain?
Granite does not stain if sealed properly; however, granite, like all stone, is porous to a minimal degree which makes it susceptible to stains if left unsealed. Occasionally, if liquid is left on the granite surface for an extended amount of time, it may leave a dark spot behind it. This will fade as the granite dries, but if granite is properly sealed before installation, stains should not be a problem.
Does granite harbor bacteria?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are no current records that state granite has been noted as harboring bacteria. Granite is continuously chosen to be used in the food industry as well as the medical field due to its sanitary qualities. With regular cleaning and care, there are practically zero chances that granite countertops in the kitchen will harbor bacteria and cause an illness. In fact, granite is far more sanitary than butcher block countertops and laminated materials.
Are granite countertops expensive?
Granite countertops are an investment that should be made by homeowners who are remodeling a kitchen and looking for long-lasting materials to use. That being said, thanks to improved technology – granite is now very affordable.
Will granite countertops raise the value of a home?
The short answer is yes, granite countertops will raise the value of a home. This is due to the durability and long-lasting quality of the stone surface. Granite countertops are practically impenetrable and compliment any decorative style which makes them an ultimate investment for years to come.
Why should I choose granite over other materials?
Granite is a top choice when it comes to countertops for industry professionals including architects, cabinetmakers, designers, and contractors which makes it an industry standard. Homeowners should be aware of what industry professionals are opting for when making their own decisions on remodeling projects. While it is a little pricier of an investment to make, installing granite countertops is a one-time job that will last for years and years without any need for repair or replacement.
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