Since our products are 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.
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.
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. Granite is an igneous rock, essentially formed by molten magma, then cooled and hardened below the surface of the earth.
Granite is a natural stone created by the forces of nature. It is composed of various minerals that are susceptible to having wide variations in the color, texture, spotting, veining, and cracking, but these variations are expected and contribute to its natural beauty. GranBrazil recommends to choose your slabs in person before we fabricate your surface to assure there are no surprises of material shade and characteristics.
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.
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.
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.
Granite is usually competitively priced compared to other high-end surfacing materials. While comparing the price of granite to other popularly famed “luxury surfaces," Granite offers you an unmatched value with its natural beauty, elegance, and longevity.
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.
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.
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 1,500°F will not affect your counter-top.
Dont's (Natural Stone)
Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the stone surface. Do not place hot items directly on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and place mats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface.
Vanity Top Surfaces
Vanity tops may need to have a penetrating sealer applied. Check with your installer for recommendations. To minimize water spotting, a good quality marble wax or non-yellowing automobile paste wax can be used.
Food Preparation Surfaces
In food preparation areas, the stone may need to have penetrating sealer applied. Check with your installer for recommendations. If a sealer is applied, be sure that it is non-toxic and safe for use on food preparation surfaces. If there are any questions, check with the sealer manufacturer.
Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean, non-treated dry dust mop. Due to their abrasiveness, sand, dirt, and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces. To minimize the sand, dirt, and grit that can scratch the stone floor, we recommend to use mats or area rugs inside and outside the entrance. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn because the metal/plastic attachments or wheels can scratch the surface.
Baths & Other Wet Areas
In the bath or other wet areas, a squeegee can be used to minimize soap scum. To remove the soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about ½ cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Be careful not to overuse an ammonia solution as this can eventually dull the surface of the stone.
Outdoor Pool & Patio Areas
In outdoor pool, patio, or hot tub areas, flush with clear water and use a mild bleach solution to remove algae or moss.
Use a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap, or a mild liquid-dish washing detergent with warm water to clean stone surfaces. For the best results, use a clean rag mop on the floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces. If you use too much cleaner or soap, this could leave a film and cause streaks. Avoid products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids on your marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after using the soap solution and finish by drying with a soft cloth.
Our sinks are made from cold-rolled, high-quality 304 stainless steel.
Best gauge is the lower the number, the thicker the gauge sink. Average good quality is an 18 gauge sink. Cheaper sinks and common top mount sinks usually employ 20-24 gauge steel. All of our sinks are made from a thick durable 16 gauge top plate and 18 gauge bowls.
Yes, our sinks are comparable to other name brand sinks. We use the same type of high-quality steel as many of our competitors. Although, there will be variances in the brushed finish look between all companies.
Yes, we have strainer/drain combos for all of our stainless steel sinks. These include a topside stainless steel basket, an attachment, an underside rubber gasket, and pvc drain. We also carry a full set of stainless steel grids for all sink models. Currently, we do not have any accessories for our porcelain model sinks. Reversed bowls are available for all of our stainless steel offset sinks.
All sinks have a brushed finish including the top plate. A brushed finish helps to mask any scratches that appear from normal everyday use.
All stainless steel sinks will have scratches with normal use. Usually these are fine, unnoticed scratches.