Can I cut on my granite countertop?
Yes you can! Unlike laminate or some other surfaces, granite can stand this. It’s hard on knives but not on the granite! Granite is harder than your knife blades and will dull them very quickly if you use the countertop as a cutting surface. Even if you cut directly down on the granite in the coarse of normal, daily use, you will not mar the finish or your granite countertop. It is however recommended using a wooden or plastic cutting board if you chop or cut.
Can my granite top chip or be damaged?
With normal use, it will not chip, crack or ding. The fabrication process is the most stressful on the stone, and if it doesn’t break at that point it never will under normal circumstances in your home. Granite is scratch resistant and heat resistant. Heat from pots and pans right off the stone or things right out of the oven can be placed on the granite, unlike laminate tops. High impact blows however can harm granite as well as any other surfaces. Because of its crystalline structure it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture.
Some samples I have seen have pits on the surface; will I have these on my kitchen counters?
Granite usually has tiny pits, which are spaces between the various mineral crystals that are common in nature. As well, granite sometimes has natural fissures that may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure which formed the granite eons ago.
My granite kitchen countertop doesn’t look exactly like my sample. Why?
Granite is a natural substance and just as no two people are exactly alike, no two samples will be either. “Movement” or grain in the stone are veins that swirl and change irregularly in granite due to its formation beneath the surface of the earth. It is also affected by trace amounts of minerals. The composition of minerals and the deposit it was quarried from all play a part in the appearance of granite. Most people find this flow of blending colors to be unique and the most attractive, compelling quality about granite. You have a one of a kind kitchen!
How are seams made and will they show?
Granite is a natural material that is mined from a quarry in blocks usually no more than 10 feet long. So you will end up with seams. The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color and pattern. A small uniform grain will not be as apparent as a larger varied grain. Seams are done where the granite joins together with a smooth straight cut. We recommend and use Poly resin based epoxy on the seams, which allows your countertops to make a good looking seam.
How do I clean my granite countertops?
Soap and water! Polished granite is a very durable stone. It can be cleaned using a common non-abrasive mild dish-soap or powder that contains no aromatics. A thorough rinsing and drying with cotton, flannel or chamois cloth should follow this. Never use anything on your tops that you wouldn’t use on your hands. Never use powdered cleansers or abrasive pads to clean your stone. Even “soft scrub” type cleaners contain pumice. Never use any product which is acidic, such as ammonia or Windex. You should always use sealers and cleaning products designed specifically for natural stone, such as Marbamist, which we can supply for you.
Does granite stain?
In general no. But all stone is porous to some extent. Most colors will never show any moisture. A few colors may show some moisture if exposed for a long period of time. Some oil spills can be problematic, so, if you spill cooking or other oil on your counters, clean it up as you go and do not allow it to sit on the stone for any length of time. Although granite has a sealer applied by the fabricator, a stone sealer is recommended for all granite after installation. We recommend that you re-seal after the first year and then every three to five years as needed. We have these products on hand for your needs, so you can keep your countertops looking great.
Can granite cantilever?
You can cantilever granite up to 14 inches with sufficient support on the fixed end and with a large enough piece. It is not a good idea to cantilever unsupported granite, where it might receive excessive stress, like someone sitting on a counter or stepping on a counter to change a light bulb! You should have support underneath for these situations.