Granite countertops are a practical choice for any kitchen or bathroom. The elegance, durability and low-maintenance nature of the stone make it perfect for any home.
Before You Buy
1. Is granite more expensive than man made materials
- It depends on the granite. Availability, color, and country of origin are major factors that affect the price of granite. If the supply of a particular stone is short and the demand is high, the price will reflect that. Given that stone is a natural product imported from all over the world, the price spectrum is wide. However, many granite colors are offered at the same price or sometimes less than man made products.
2. Will granite weigh too much for my cabinetry? Do I need additional cabinet supports?
- 3cm(1 1/4") granite weighs approx.19 lbs per square foot. Typical cabinet construction is more than adequate for most installations. However, large, self-standing or furniture style islands may require additional corner bracing. It is advisable to let your cabinet installer know that you are using granite to ensure proper support.
3. Which type of sink is best for granite ? Under mount or drop in?
- This is a matter of personal preference. If installed properly, both types of sinks are sanitary and safe. The ability to wipe off the counters directly in to the sink and the aesthetic appeal make under mounted sink the most popular. Typically an under mount sink installation would be an additional expense (though minimal) due to the finishing process of the edges around the sink.
4. Will my sample match my actual slab?
- Because of the movement and veining in natural stone it is difficult to accurately represent stone with a small sample. Also, stone varies from shipment to shipment, so if you have a sample from a previous shipment, it may not match the current supply. It is advisable to view the actual slabs at our warehouse prior to fabrication.
5. Is it okay to mix different colors of stone?
- Absolutely. It is not uncommon to mix colors or types of stone within a room. When mixing stones, it it a good idea to consider which material would be the most practical for the space. For example, when mixing granite with marble, the granite would be best suited for the area around the range because it is the most durable. The marble could be used on the island or as a dining table.
6. Should I approve my slabs before they are fabricated?
- It is always a good idea to approve the slabs prior to fabrication. This will help to prevent any surprises or disappointments once the material is installed. Slabs could be viewed at our warehouse prior to being cut.
7. Can granite be used outside?
- Yes. There are a handful of granite that can change color when exposed to UV rays, but it is very durable and can be used outside. Granite is often used for outdoor kitchen, as paves for driveways and walkways, as exterior cladding on commercial buildings.
8. Can I put a hot pot directly onto granite?
- Yes. Placing a hot pot on granite will not effect it.
9. Can I install my own countertops?
- The cutting, polishing and installation of natural stone not only require specific tools and machinery, it also
requires extensive product knowledge. Fabricating and or installing natural stone countertops really are
not "do it yourself" projects.
Granite Countertop Maintain
1. How often do you have to seal granite?
- Traditionally, homeowners have been told to seal their granite annually. However, with the advancements that have been made in sealing products, they have permanent sealers right now. Check the information on the back of the sealer and follow the recommendations.
2. Does a professional have to come in and seal Granite?
- No, sealing granite is something a homeowner can easily do. The product is a liquid that is applied to a clean, dry countertop with a soft cloth. After the sealer is generously applied to the surface, the excess is removed with a dry cloth, and the countertops should be allowed to dry. Check the back the sealer to determine when the countertops will be ready for normal use. Drying times can vary between 24 - 72 hours.
3. What should I use to clean my granite?
- Daily granite countertops care is as easy as cleaning with a gentle cleanser or mild dishwashing liquid. If needed you can use a synthetic scrubbing pad to clean your granite counter. With the proper maintenance, granite countertops stay new-looking for a long time. Here are easy steps to follow:
- Wipe up spills immediately
- Use mild soap and water
- Use soft cloth to dry
4. How do you know when granite needs to be re-sealed?
- Many people in the industry recommend an annual re-sealing of your granite. However, many types of granite are harder than others and may never need to be re-sealed. If you notice water absorption into the countertop or darker areas around the sink that is an indicator it is time to re-seal.
5. Removing Stains
- Unfortunately, a lived-in kitchen will eventually experience a stain or two even on your granite counter. How to remove the stain will depend on what caused the stain. Use the suggestions found on the following:
1. Most Stains - 1 cup flour, 1-2 T mild dish-washing soap, create a thick paste by mixing with water. Apply to stain, cover overnight with plastic wrap, in the morning scrape mixture from stain with wooden utensil and rinse.
2. Oil based stains - 1 cup flour, 1-2 T mild hydrogen peroxide, form a thick paste by mixing with water. Apply to stain, cover overnight with plastic wrap, in the morning scrape mixture from stain with wooden utensil and rinse.
3. Organic stains - Combine 12 percent hydrogen peroxide with 2-3 drops of ammonia. This should help to remove stains like coffee and tea.
4. Ink on dark granite - Lacquer thinner or acetone. Apply to stain.
5. Ink on light granite - Hydrogen peroxide. Apply to stain.
6. Wine - Make a mixture of molding plaster and bleach until it becomes a pasteApply to stain for 30 minutes, remove and rinse.
1. Will bacteria grow on granite?
- Bacteria, like any other living organism, needs something to eat in order to live. Bacteria cannot eat granite. Unclean, unkempt countertops can harbor bacteria regardless of what countertop is used. Granite has performed extremely well in testing; performing second only to stainless steel in it's ability to resist bacterial growth.
2. Is granite a natural product or is it man made?
- Granite is a natural product. Granite is quarried in its natural form directly from the earth and is cut and processed by machine. Because of its extreme hardness and mineral content, granite can be polished to a mirror-like finish using proper machinery.
3. Can you cut on granite or do you have to use a cutting board?
- Yes, you can cut directly on granite. However, routinely cutting on a granite surface will dull your cutlery.
4. Can granite crack or chip?
- Yes, granite can crack or chip. However this is usually caused by severe settling, excessive impact or abuse. Most minor cracks or chipping in natural stone can be repaired by a specialist in the stone renovation business or by a qualified fabricator.
5. How long will my granite last?
- Take care of your granite and it will last for generations. Some natural stones are as old as the earth.