How thick should a granite countertop be?2015-10-27T23:41:14-04:00

The minimum thickness for a granite slab for countertop use is 1¼ inches. Thinner slabs are more prone to cracks and chips, and can be a problem for the overhang and other portions that have no underlying supporting structures. You can get a thicker slab if you want, but there is really no need. If you do decide on a thicker slab, you have to make sure that you have the right amount of support.

Do I need special cleaning products for my countertop?2015-10-27T23:40:56-04:00

Some natural stones such as marble and limestone are relatively soft and porous, so it is susceptible to etching. Avoid using abrasive materials when cleaning them, or detergents that contain harsh chemicals. Use only mild soap and water applied with a soft cloth to clean marble and limestone surfaces, and dry thoroughly after. Granite is tougher, so you have less problems with it. However, for best results, you should use mild and phosphate-free soap, and one clearly labeled for use on natural stone.

Will a hot pot ruin my granite countertop?2015-10-27T23:40:40-04:00

No, granite is resistant to very high temperatures, so you can set down pots and pans straight from the stove or oven with little fear.

How can I repair granite?2015-10-27T23:40:25-04:00

If your granite sustains some minor damage such as chips and scratches, it is usually repaired by mixing epoxy with ground up chips of the granite stone. However, prevention is always the better choice, and since granite is very durable, it only takes a little care to keep your granite damage-free.

Are natural stone slabs better than synthetic ones?2015-10-27T23:40:11-04:00

That depends on what you expect. Natural stone slabs such as granite are very durable, but then again synthetic materials can be made as durable as you need. However, granite countertop brings the colors, pattern, and shades that you will rarely find in synthetic materials, and much sought after by anyone with an eye for beauty and wants uniqueness in their home.

What do some stone slabs cost more than others do?2015-10-27T23:39:57-04:00

It is all about location and supply. Some stone slabs come from faraway places, so transporting them to your kitchen costs more. Others are difficult to extract and hard to come by. However, the price for our stone slabs has nothing to do with the quality. All our stone slabs are guaranteed to be high quality.

What’s the difference between marble and granite?2015-10-27T23:39:39-04:00

Both marble and granite are extracted from the earth, but they have very different qualities. Marble is completely smooth and cool to the touch, which makes it ideal as a pastry slab and for use in bathrooms and living room surfaces. However, it is made of calcium carbonate, which reacts to food acids such as vinegar and citrus fruits, so it is prone to etching. Granite, on the other hand, is non-reactive and much tougher than marble, so it is the stone of choice for kitchens. It should be noted that because granite is crystalline in nature, it may contain some pits and fissures. These are not defects, but an integral part of the stone itself. This is the reason why granite is always sealed prior to installation.

Do your slabs emit the radioactive gas radon?2015-10-27T23:39:08-04:00

Good question. Most granite has a tiny amount of radium, which emit radon, a gas have that has shown to cause lung cancer when present in high amounts, but not enough to cause harm. Some granite slabs contain high concentrations of radium and our suppliers have identified regions where these come from, so they avoid those areas. Our slabs undergo radon testing, and each one we sell is guaranteed to pass EPA inspection against radon exposure. However, we make no guarantees about the ground over which your house is built, which has been identified as the most common source of radon gas.

Do granite countertops have seams?2015-10-27T23:38:54-04:00

It depends on how large the surface is going to be. The typical slab is about 114″ x 72″; any larger and it will be very difficult to cut and transport without damaging or breaking it. If the area to be covered is larger than that, you will have seams. The two slabs are set using a seam setter that brings them as close as possible to each other and levels them. The seams are thus usually nearly invisible, but visibility will still depend on the color and pattern of the slab. All seams are filled with epoxy to maintain non-porosity.

How close to the sample is the final stone countertop?2015-10-27T23:38:39-04:00

Our samples actually come from the slab, so you can be assured it is as close as it can get. However, natural stone materials are not uniform in color and design (nature seldom repeats itself), so you may not get exactly the same thing as the sample. However, these variations across a slab are what make stone countertops so attractive.

Will granite develop scratches or chips over time?2015-10-27T23:38:23-04:00

With regular use, granite will not scratch or chip. You can even use it as a cutting board if you have no problem having your knives re-sharpened more often. However, granite is not as hard as diamonds, so it is possible to scratch or chip it if you drag or drop something heavy on it. If your granite does get scratched or chipped, it can be repaired.

What do I have to do to prevent cracking my granite?2015-10-27T23:38:06-04:00

To prevent ruining your beautiful countertop, avoid putting any extraordinary weight, such as standing on them, on certain areas. Granite is near indestructible, so it takes a lot to make granite crack, because it does not flex once it is installed, unlike laminates and solid surface countertops. However, the laws of physics will not be denied. Put enough pressure or stress on any material, and it will eventually break. The biggest vulnerability of your granite with cracking is any overhang or any portion with no support such as next to the sink or cutouts for cooktops.