Frequently Asked Questions
about Granite Tops
Granite and marble are creations of nature that have a unique natural beauty that has been used in architecture thoughout the ages. Since granite and marble are made by nature, each piece is unique and matchless.
Customers who may not be familiar with these materials may expect the granite or marble they order to be identical to pictures or samples they have seen. Although sample stones are intended to be representative of the material, the granite or marble quarried at one time may differ slightly in color and veining from the sample.
Moreover, even a single granite or marble slab will possess a certain amount of color variation from one end to the other. These slight irregularities are what will make your project unique and different from any other.
Should I use granite or marble for my kitchen countertops?
Marble is typically used for bathroom vanity tops, Jacuzzi tops and fireplaces. It is not usually recommended for kitchen countertops due to the fact that it is easy to scratch and acidic substances such as vinegars, ketchups, citrus beverages, etc. can affect it. Also, the high-gloss of the marble countertop may be partially lost as many chemicals etch its surface.
Granite, however, is considered the second hardest stone. Most granite is not subject to etching by househould acids or scratching by knives and pots or pans under normal use. It is also not affected by typical kitchen heat such as hot pans.
What is the best way to clean granite and other stones?
Granite is sealed before it is installed. This will ensure lasting life and beauty. Granite may be cleaned with a mild phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dishsoap, soap flakes or powder, which contains aromatics. Granite should always be cleaned and sealed with cleaning products specifically designed for natural stone.
Why should I choose granite counter tops over synthetic materials?
Granite has become today’s countertop of choice for architects, cabinetmakers, kitchen designers and contractors. A granite countertop is virtually impervious to abrasions, stains and extreme heat. Additionally, the inherent qualities of granite — its color, patterns and shades — compliment any décor.
What do I need to consider when buying a granite countertop?
Granite is a natural stone. It is very hard and durable, heat and scratch resistant, as well as, easy to maintain. It is also very versatile in the design field.
Are granite countertops expensive?
Improved stone-working technology has made granite countertops very affordable compared with manmade hard surface materials. With granite, the resale value of your property will also increase.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I choose granite from a small sample?
Samples of granite are not accurate representations of the entire slab due to variations in color. At Granite Creations, you pick your own slab from our own granite slab showroom.
What kind of edges do you offer?
- Standard Edges: ¼ Round, ¼ Bevel, Eased
- Premium Edges: Ogee, Cove Ogee, Triple Pencil, Demi Bullnose, Full Bullnose
What is the standard thickness of granite countertops?
1 ¼” (3cm)
What is the turnaround time for kitchen countertops?
We typically run between 5-10 business days, but please contact us for our current lead times as it is subject to change.
What does laying out the template entail?
On granite colors that have a lot of motion, we invite you to come in and lay out the wood template on the actual slab. That way you can have certain portions of the slabs in certain areas of the countertops. The process takes between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the size of the kitchen.
How do I clean granite?
The safest way to clean granite is with a damp cloth and soap. You may also use any cleaning products that do NOT contain ammonia.
How often do I have to seal the granite?
The granite comes already sealed. However, you have two options over time:
- have it sealed with the lifetime warranty sealant
- seal it yourself every 6 to 12 months
Can granite scratch?
Granite is one of the hardest stones. It is extremely difficult to scratch granite.
Can granite chip?
Granite will not chip under normal use, although a heavy object hitting an edge could cause a small chip. If that happens, the chip can be filled.
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