Many choose Granite because of its unique look and beauty of natural stone. Granite is scratch resistant and heat resistant. Sealing is recommended at least once per year depending on use and some recommend even more often for lighter stones.
All granite slabs are unique and when combined with our special edge details, your kitchen or bath will truly be one-of-a kind. Hi gloss and antique finishes available.
- Natural but not Perfect
Granite is crystalline in structure, so it always has tiny pits or spaces between the various mineral crystals. It also contains natural fissures that may appear to be cracks, but they are not structural defects and will not impair the function or durability of the material. They occur naturally and are considered to be part of the beauty of stone.
- Appearance Not Uniform
Movement is a term that is used to describe the shift in color and pattern in natural stone. Natural granite does not have a uniform pattern or color. The appearance can vary widely between slabs, and even within a single slab.
- Samples May Differ from the Actual Stone
The sample in the showroom may differ from the slabs currently available at the fabricator’s warehouse. They may have been mined from a different part of the quarry or they may have occlusions or color variances that give them a different appearance.
We always ask our clients to pick out the actual slabs of material before the top is cut.
- Seams are Visible
It is impossible to hide the seams in granite.
- Must be Sealed
Because granite is a natural stone product it has a certain degree of porosity and must be sealed before use with a solvent-based product which leaves only negligible surface residue and is not considered to be a health risk. The stone must be resealed at least once per year.
- Can Discolor
While granite is ordinarily considered to be stain-resistant, some pigments or oils can be absorbed into the surface. This could cause discoloration. The sealer does not prevent this discoloration, but it slows it down to allow more time for clean up.
- Durable but not Indestructible
Granite is extremely durable, scratch resistant, and impervious to water and heat. If not abused, it will hold its luster forever. However, because it is a natural rock, it can be chipped and broken if abused, and is very difficult to repair.
- Must be Professionally Installed