Why is granite the best choice for countertops?

Granite is the most popular natural stone and countertop material due to its versatility and superior performance characteristics. It is rated the top performing kitchen countertop material when compared with engineered stone, butcher block, ceramic tile, stainless steel and other manufactured surfaces. Although granite countertops can vary dramatically in price depending on the specific stone you choose, there are a wide variety of economically priced slabs available.

Granite is the second hardest stone known to man. It polishes beautifully, will not fade and is basically maintenance free. It is superior in it’s resistance to bacteria, easy to clean and is by far the most beautiful countertop material available on the market today. It can withstand extremely high temperatures and when properly installed it is nearly virtually indestructible. So if beauty, durability, value, ease of care and safety are important factors in your buying decision, welcome to the world of Granite. You will not find a better solution for you next countertop.

What is involved in the maintenance of a granite countertop?

In order to keep your granite in perfect condition, it should be kept clean. The most common way to maintain a stone is to brush away dust. Your stone should be washed with a clean, soft cloth and fresh water. A mild detergent can be used periodically to remove any residue that remains ingrained. These steps will save you many problems. During the fabrication/installation process, we will seal the stone. This helps prevent staining of the stone.

How often do I need to re-seal my countertops?

Granite countertops will be sealed during the fabrication and installation process. Occasionally granite will need to be re-sealed. Re-sealing will vary depending on use. However in a residential kitchen, you should expect to re-seal your granite every 3-5 years.

Is sealing my countertops difficult?

Contrary to what our competitors would lead you to believe, the answer is Emphatically NO!

Granite sealant is available in a liquid form and very easy to apply. This is a simple procedure that requires about ten minutes. Simply wipe it on with a cloth and after letting it sit for about five minutes, wipe it off and then gently buff with a clean cloth to a high gloss shine.

Granite Sealer consists of microscopic balls of silicone that attach themselves to the crevices inside the stone. Once they are attached to the stone, these balls become a permanent part of the stone and act as a shield, protecting your granite from any kind of liquid that may end up on your countertop.

How are sinks installed in natural stone countertops?

A cutout can be made in the stone to accommodate the type of sink you choose. Any sink that you purchase will have instructions and a template for the cutout needed. The countertop installer will take care of this during the installation process.