What is granite?
Granite rocks are igneous rocks also known as "fire rocks" which were formed by slowly cooling pockets of magma that were trapped beneath the earth's surface. Granite is the hardest of all building stones with a very close grain, making it almost impervious to stain and uniquely applicable for any interior use. If polished, its high-gloss finish will endure even the harshest environments. These characteristics are ideal for countertops and flooring making granite a reliable stone for these applications.
Does granite stain?
For the most part, granite does not stain. While it is true that stone is a porous material, of all the stones, Granite is the least porous. A sealer is also applied to the stone when it is installed to further protect it from this possibility. Water left on a Granite countertop for a long period of time will show evidence of moisture. It will however evaporate and the "dark spot" will disappear. Oil left on a granite surface will slowly be absorbed into the stone. It is recommended that any spills be wiped up when they occur. If the spill is not caught in time and a stain does occur, a poultice may be applied to draw the oil back out of the stone. Over time the oil will naturally redistribute itself in the stone until it becomes virtually undetectable.
Why doesnt my granite looks exactly like the sample?
Our samples are generally indicative of the coloring and pattern (also known as veining) of each stone. As the Granite is quarried, differences in the stone's shading and pattern will appear. While we try to remain aware of the current tendencies of each stone, sometimes even we are caught by surprise. Since Granite is a natural material and subject to such changes, we recommend that a customer view the section prior to fabrication to ensure complete satisfaction.
How scrath-resistant is granite?
With normal daily use you will not mar the finish. Although we don't recommend it, you can even cut directly on granite without much worry of damaging the surface. Would you dare cut directly on corian or laminated surfaces? Cutting on granite will be much more damaging to your knives than it is to the granite. Unlike any other surface, granite will not lose its shine.
Will my granite countertop chip or crack?
Most flaws in stone are detected during transit of the slab. If it can withstand the fabrication process, it will never break under normal kitchen conditions. You would have to assault it with something like a hammer and even then, you'd have to work at it. However, granite is brittle and not flexible and will break under certain stresses. You should not drop heavy objects such a pot, large pan, vase or other heavy, hard objects onto the countertop. Although it may seem obvious, you shouldn't stand on granite countertops. Too much pressure in the wrong place can cause granite to break or crack.