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Is granite a mineral?
Granite is an intrusive igneous rock that is composed of four minerals. These minerals are quartz, feldspar, mica, and usually hornblende.
How do you clean granite countertops?
Granite countertops require minimal cleaning products and respond well to a washcloth, mild dish soap and warm water.
Does granite have to be sealed?
Sealing your granite is recommended. A seal will protect against stains.
Does granite contain chemicals?
Granite is a natural stone consisting of quartz, alkali feldspar and plagioclase feldspar which contains sodium and calcium.
Does granite release radon gas?
All rocks have a small amount of radioactivity in them however are small fractional values of established thresholds for environmental safety. Granite is a safe product and safe for your home.
Is granite intrusive or extrusive?
Granite is considered intrusive and forms as magma cools far under the earth's surface. Its slow cooling allows large crystals to form which is a true indicator of an igneous rock.
Does granite fade?
Typically no however, if you are installing granite for outdoor use which will exposed to direct sunlight, you may want to take precautionary steps to ensure your granite does not fade.
Can granite be damaged, cracked or scratched?
Yes, but it's not easy to do so. Even cutting on your granite will quickly dull your blade. In the event your granite is damaged it can be repaired with a granite dust and epoxy mixture.
Why is granite good for kitchen counters?
Granite is an excellent choice for countertops for many reasons. Below are a few reasons why granite is a great choice.
A variety of granite colors are available
Once sealed granite is stain resistant
Does granite require a lot of maintenance?
Granite requires minimal maintenance however certain care techniques are recommended to ensure your granite lasts for many years. Having your granite sealed once per year will ensure the highest level of protection. We recommend using a cutting board even though it's not necessarily needed, to protect the surface. A washcloth with warm water and a gentle dish soap is all you need to clean your granite.
Does granite stain?
Granite is a porous stone thus susceptible to stains however once sealed, it becomes stain resistant. Granite Plus uses InvisaBLOCK to provide the best possible protection for your granite.
Can you place hot pans on granite?
Yes. Granite is a natural stone and extremely durable. Granite can withstand heat over 450 degrees which is well over any temperatures used in the kitchen.
What is the difference between granite and marble?
Granite is more durable than marble and does not stain, chip or scratch as easily. Granite only needs to be resealed once per year while marble requires two times.
Do I need to buy the entire slab of granite?
If you are in the market for granite remnants, stop by our New Berlin granite showroom today to see our huge selection of granite slabs available in all different sizes.
Is marble recommended for kitchen counter use?
Though not as durable as granite, marble is often used for kitchen countertops for its ability to withstand heavy wear and high temperatures.Marble is considered a luxurious material and will not only add elegance to your kitchen it will significantly increase the value of your home.
Is marble porous?
Marble is a natural stone with a soft, porous surface.
Does polished marble need to be sealed?
Yes. Marble and any other natural stone regardless of the finish is still porous and susceptible to stains.
Does marble stain?
Yes, however when sealed properly marble is stain resistant.
How to clean marble?
Marble can be cleaned with a soft cloth, warm water and a mild dish soap.
Are marble countertops durable?
Yes, marble is durable and even more so when sealed properly. Although marble is one of the most classic and luxurious options out there for countertops, it is less durable than granite.
What is the difference between quartz and granite?
Quartz is a man-made material made up of resins and crushed natural quartz while granite is a natural stone. Quartz does cost less than granite but is slightly less durable and more susceptible to scratching. Quartz is non-porous so it resists staining much better than granite and marble. It stands up to juice, oil, wine, tomato, coffee and other sources of stains in the kitchen better.
How do you care for quartz countertops?
Unlike granite and marble, quartz is non-porous meaning the surface does not absorb stains and spills. Cutting boards and hot pads are recommended. Quartz does not require a sealant.
How do you clean quartz countertops?
For basic cleaning, a damp paper towel can be used to wipe your countertops. For a heavier clean, a soft wash cloth with warm water and a mild soap are all you need to clean your quartz countertops.
Is quartz cheaper than granite?
Yes, quartz costs slightly less than granite does. Granite is harder to scratch and can be used outdoors where quartz is not recommended.
Are all quartz countertops the same?
No, quartz is available in a variety of colors and patterns. Quartz can mimic granite precisely or look nothing like stone - your options are endless.
Are there different grades of quartz countertops?
Yes, three general grades of quartz include:
Second choice – this type of quartz may consist of discolorations or a high number of veins
Commercial grade – this grade of quartz is standard and offers average quality and depth of color
First Choice – this type of quartz is considered a premium grade offering strong, rich colors that have a low number of veins
Is there radon in quartz countertops?
Similar to granite, quartz contains varying amounts of uranium, thorium and potassium which are naturally radioactive however hold fractional values of what is considered established thresholds for environmental safety.