Can I cut on my Granite Counter Top?

-Yes, but only if you want to ruin your good knives! Granite is harder than your knife blades are and will dull them very quickly, if you use the counter top as a cutting surface. Always cut and chop on a wooden or plastic cutting board to protect your knives.

My Little Sample of Granite has Pits on the Surface- Will I Have These on my Kitchen Counters as well?

-Granite is naturally crystalline in its structure, so it always has tiny pits or spaces between the various mineral crystals. You do not see these on a larger piece of granite because the overall appearance is polished and mirror- like. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which 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. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of the stone and will not impair in any way the function or durability of the material. A product of nature cannot be expected to look man made.

Will my Granite look like the Online Samples?

-The samples you see on the computer have been scanned and saved as digital images. The color tones may not be absolutely correct due to variations in computer systems, the camera which they were photographed with, or the computer monitors and compression algorithms used to view them. Also, granite is a completely natural material with naturally occurring variations in colors, tones, granularity, patterns, etc. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty.

Can I Set a Hot Pot on my Granite Counter Top?

-Granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure combined beneath the earth’s crust. It cannot be affected by heat from a cook top or frying pan. A lit flame placed under granite will have no melting effect and will not leave any burned or scarred marks.

Can my Granite Top be damaged?

-Yes. Just like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. Unsealed, granite can absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discolorations. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect granite under normal circumstances and when proper sealant is present.

Can Granite be repaired?

-It is very hard to damage granite. If any damages occur it can be sealed with a mixture of epoxy and ground up chips of granite which can come from the broken piece or be matched for you from another piece by a professional.

Can Granite Chip?

-Only in cases of severe abuse with a hammer or impact tool. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture. If a chip occurs on your counter top, do not throw out the chipped pieces. We can use them to fix the counter top, so that no one will be able to tell it was ever chipped.

Can Granite Crack?

-No, not with regular use. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during shipping and installation. Normal use will not overstress this durable material or cause it to crack.

What is the Difference between Granite and Marble?

-The main difference between granite and marble is that granite is a highly dense material composed deep inside the earth’s core whereas marble is formed from sediments under the seabed. Both solidify into stone after millions of years but the mineral composition of the two stones makes marble and granite react differently to various chemicals and household cleaners.

Can Granite Cantilever?

-You can cantilever granite up to 14” with sufficient support on the fixed end and with a large enough piece. Never 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, et cetera. You must have extra support underneath in these circumstances.

What is the Appropriate Thickness for a Granite Counter Top?

-A kitchen counter top should be an inch and a quarter thick for structural reasons. Bathroom vanity tops can be thinner than this.

Does Granite have any Pits or Fissures?

-Yes, granite has naturally occurring pits and fissures that are part of the stone’s natural structure. Some types of granite have more of such characteristics than other types, and pits can be minimized by applying sealer to the surface of the counter.

How is Granite Formed?

-Granite is an igneous rock of visible crystalline formation and texture. It is composed primarily of feldspar, quartz, and mica. It starts off as liquid magma deep within the earth’s core where it is cooled and compressed over millions of years under tons of pressure. It is then quarried, cut and polished. After that process it can be applied in various ways like kitchen counter tops, vanity tops, fireplace surrounds, as well as Jacuzzi surrounds and other custom designs.

How do I Deal with Sink and Stove Cutouts?

-With our CNC technology we have the ability to cut any sink or surface unit cutout with computer aided design files. Under- mounted sinks (sinks that are mounted under the counter top so as not to show any rim) are fully cut out, then the inside of the hole is polished. The counter top is then flipped over and reinforced with metal rods for extra support. Self- rimming cutouts are cut 6” into each corner leaving some of the straight section to be cut in the field to facilitate safe shipping.

Do Granite Seams Show?

-Because granite is a natural material and is mined from the quarry in blocks usually no more than 19” long, you will most likely end up with seams. Also, because granite is sold in rectangular pieces, you may want to use seams to reduce your costs, such as in an ‘L’- shaped corner. The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color and pattern. A small, uniform grain (such as Ubatuba) will not be as apparent as a larger varied grain (such as Peacock Green). A dark color (such as Platinum) will be less apparent than a light color (Imperial White). A dramatic pattern with swaths of color (Kinawa, Paradiso) will show more seam than that of a uniform pattern (Dakota Mahogany). Most clients have found the beauty of natural granite outweighs their concerns about seams.

How Are Seams Made?

-Seams are done where the two pieces of stone are put together. The seams are joined with epoxy that is mixed with the color that matches the stone. Then the joined area is smoothed, leaving only a very thin line visible.

How do I Clean my Granite Counter Top?

-Granite is an incredibly durable stone. It is also much harder than marble. Granite has been used in the past in the commercial industry. Some of the obvious applications have been panels on the outside of buildings, walls, and floors of ‘high- traffic’ areas. Granite will withstand almost any element it comes up against including heat and cold. Granite itself is approximately 95-98% stain resistant but, we use a special impregnator on all of our natural stone products. This will protect the lasting life and beauty of the granite. Polished granite should receive the same cleaning care as polished marble, preferably using specially formulated AGM daily granite cleaner or using a mild phosphate- free, biodegradable liquid dish soap, soap flakes or powder which contains no aromatics. Directly follow this by a thorough rinsing and then dry with a cotton- flannel or chamois cloth. If you are going to go with just plain soap and water, keep in mind that this can lead to soap build up. This, in turn, will dull your counter top’s finish significantly and you don’t want that. Also, plain soap and water will not bring your counter top to a beautiful shine like our AGM daily granite cleaner will. When using granite cleaner, let it sit for about 30 seconds and thoroughly wipe off using a soft cloth. This cleaning method is most sufficient.

Does Granite Stain?

-In general, no. All stone, however, is porous to some extent, but granite has very little porosity. Most colors will never show any moisture. A few colors may show some moisture if exposed for a period of time. For example, a puddle of water left on the counter for 30 minutes for some colors, may show a dark spot when the water is wiped away. This spot will then dry up and no evidence will show. Only a few colors demonstrate this trait. Our installers will seal the counter tops after they are installed. Also if AGM daily granite cleaner is used there will be no need to reseal the counter tops because the cleaner contains some sealer and every time the counter tops are cleaned they are also being sealed simultaneously.

Does Granite Stain or Burn?

-No. You can’t burn it with ordinary use. Granite does not stain. The only caveat is that a few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact. Usually, no evidence remains when the liquid is removed and the granite dries, but could be a problem with dark pigmented liquids. Our installers seal your counter tops with a specially formulated stone sealer that is recommended for all granite after installation. Also regular maintenance of the counter tops with the use of AGM daily granite cleaner will give great results because cleaner contains sealer which means that every time the counter top is being cleaned it will also be sealed.

One Last Note

Our company offers very competitive pricing for granite countertops, beginning with $39.95/square foot for Level I granite.  This price includes template, installation, 1 sink cutout for top-mount (drop-in) sinks and up to 5 drilled holes for faucets and fixtures.  Level II is $49.95/square foot.  We carry up to 18 levels of granite, 4500 slabs of stone in our fabricating stone yard which means 450 different colors of stone available for your selection.

There are 12 different granites in Level I, another 12 different granites in Level II – so you can see, there’s nearly 25 different granite color combinations from which to select in the very affordable lowest price range.  If you are budget conscious (as many of us are), you nearly always find a beautiful piece of stone in these two categories.  Or if you’re daring, or have a small area to granite, or simply budgeting for a higher end stone, we offer one of the country’s largest stone yards from which to select.

Call or visit our showroom today, we’ll be glad to take you on the tour!