Is Granite Expensive?
It is true that up until a few years ago, only the very wealthy could afford granite. Today, with the advancements that have been made in the quarrying, shipping and fabrication of stone, this is no longer the case. As a general rule, there is now a wide selection of granite that prices out competitively with composite solid surfaces used for counter tops.
What are the Advantages of Using Granite for a Countertop?
Heat – Granite can withstand temperatures up to 1800 degrees. That means you can easily bring anything out of your oven onto a counter top without a problem, you won’t have an accidental cigarette burn and you will avoid melting while the curling iron heats up.
Solid – Granite counter tops have been used for centuries by the best pastry chefs of the world, because it is perfectly smooth and will not change proportions when heat is applied. The precision engineering tables that check tolerances down to the fraction of an inch, that the eye can not see, are made of granite.
Timeless – This stone which took millions of years to form, will look perfect for your lifetime and beyond.
Will Granite Stain?
Granite is the next hardest material to diamond, and it is naturally stain resistant. It is not stain proof, though nothing truly is, despite what they are selling you. After the initial installation, we recommend re-sealing the counter top once a year to decrease the odds of something happening. We carry a product you can use to seal your counter tops, and it only takes a few minutes of your time.
How Do I Clean My Granite Countertop?
Regular cleaning is easy. Mild soap and water, Method, Lustro Italiano (which we carry) are our favorites. You can also use cleaner like 409 or a pack of those Clorox pop-ups. For tougher stains, a combination of Dawn and Oxi Clean works wonders, or you can use a home made poultice of baking soda and peroxide.
Avoid products with acid, ammonia or vinegar.
Are Countertops Sanitary?
Yes. Completely. Thanks to our marketing friends in the composite counter top industry, there was a growing misconception that granite counter tops are not sanitary and that they harbor bacteria. The EPA released THIS STATEMENT to help diminish the claims that granite is anything but sanitary.
Does Granite Scratch?
You are going to have to work pretty hard to get scratches in your granite. The only things that scratch granite are carbide, diamond, or another piece of granite. There is a reason everybody else uses granite as their benchmark. Saying that it is “just as hard as granite” isn’t the same as using granite.
How Noticeable are Seams?
If you have large glaring seams, it is a good sign of an amateur installer. Making seams look as insignificant as they do, comes with experience and planning. That being said, seams are still there, so we do an extensive job matching the seam epoxy color as close as possible, to ensure that it is the last thing people notice. Seams can be up to a 1/16″, but our work is impeccable.
How Long Does it Take to Get My Granite Order?
There are some dependencies on ordering your counter top. Because we only get one shot to make it perfect, all of your base cabinets need to be installed and in place before we do the final fabrication work. You order the counter top at the time you order your cabinets, so we can match the slabs and plan the design. We take a 50% deposit to move things forward from the start. When your cabinets arrived and get installed, we make a template shortly thereafter you can expect your counter top installation.