Because granite is typically sold in slabs no more than 66” X 112” (approx.), most kitchen counter-tops will have seams, but this will also be determined based on sink or cook top cut outs, material, location of installation, and other factors. The placement of a seam is determined at the time of template and fabrication.
Marble and granite are both natural stones and can both be polished, but they have many differences. Marble is generally a calcious stone, formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed under pressure while granite is an igneous rock, essentially formed by molten magma, then cooled and hardened below the surface of the earth.
Granite qualities are impervious to water and are actually less absorbent than some solid surface plastic products. Due to granite’s ability to withstand gale force winds, rains, and all of nature’s elements, granite is commonly used to build commercial buildings.
While this may be true of marble, granite will shine years from now just as if it was brand new giving you lasting beauty for years to come. Granite is highly scratch resistant and will not show wear from daily use.
Routine cleaning with mild soap and water is all that is generally required. Twice a year, a re-application of a penetrating sealer should be performed, which only takes a few minutes.
Granite has a high heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans without damage. Impact from a heavy object may chip granite, but heat less than 1500 degrees F will not affect your counter top.
Diamonds and gem stones are the only things that can cut into or scratch your granite counter-tops. Commonly used kitchen knives and utensils will do no damage due to the hardness of the granite. Although, it is still highly recommended to use a cutting board while cutting on your counter-tops.
Granite is a natural stone created by the forces of nature. It is composed of various minerals that are susceptible to have wide variations in the color, texture, spotting, veining, and cracking, but these variations are expected and contribute to its natural beauty. GranBrazil recommends you choose your slabs before we fabricate your surface to assure there are no surprises of material shade and characteristics.
GranBrazil does not recommend to use marble as kitchen counter-tops because marbles are calcium carbonates, and their polished surfaces are more vulnerable to household acids such as vinegar, mustard, ketchup, citrus, and other food-related products. These substances can cause a chemical reaction which could eventually remove the polish. Also, marble and limestone can be scratched much easier than harder stones such as granite.
Granite contains tiny pits which are spaces between the various mineral crystals. Sometimes granite may contain natural fissures which may look like cracks, but are a natural occurring result of the immense heat and pressure that formed the granite many years ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of the stone and will not impair the function or the durability of the material. It needs to be known that a product of nature cannot be expected to look man-made.
Granite is usually competitively priced compared to other high-end surfacing materials. Comparing the price of granite to other popularly famed “luxury surfaces” – Granite offers you an unmatched value with its natural beauty, elegance and longevity.
No, etching is typically caused by harsh cleaning products or citric acid products. This will remove the polish or the shine from the material. A stain is something that has soaked in or penetrated the material and normally can be removed.