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FAQs

Q. Where does the granite for residential and commercial applications come from?

A. The granite that is offered for residential and commercial applications comes from open pit quarries, which can be found all around the world. There are large assortments of granite available to suit specific tastes, or design applications, which ranges from consistent grain structures and colors, to multicolored stones with veins, or movement resulting from the uneven distribution of minerals.

Q. Why is granite considered the ideal choice for kitchen countertops?

A. The way in which the granite was formed millions of years ago; it is synonymous with quality, strength, permanence, solidity and hardness. These characteristics make granite the ideal choice for a kitchen countertop surface. People choose granite because of its depth and richness of color. The variety in granite is infinite.

Q. What does the surface of the granite looks like?

A. Most granite that is used for countertops is polished to a high-gloss finish, giving it a mirror-like appearance. On closer inspection however, many granites have certain natural characteristic such as “pitting”, “fissures” or “dull” spots that at first may cause some concerns. It is important to understand the geological reasons for these characteristics in order to fully appreciate the beauty of the granite.

Q. Do Pits, fissures and dull spots compromise the integrity of the stone?

A. Pits, fissures and dull spots do not compromise the integrity of the stone in any way; they are the natural characteristics of the granite, which is a natural stone, and will not impair the function or the durability of the material. They are an expression of nature and they add to the allure of the stone, which sets it apart from the man-made surfaces.

Q. What is the ideal use for Granite and why?

A. Granite is an excellent choice for kitchen countertops, floors, and other heavily used surfaces. It is an extremely durable stone, stain-resistant and easy to care for. Hot pots and pans won’t damage granite; it's extremely heat resistant. It will not chip, crack, or scratch under normal use.

Q. How do you clean granite?

A. Granite stone is much easier to care than you would expect. Warm water, mild dish washing liquid, and a soft cloth would clean up most spills on surfaces.

Q. Should I seal my granite countertop?

A. The initial seal should occur during installation with the manufacturer, and check with your installer to see if sealing is necessary.  A granite countertop can be resealed every six months to two years to maintain its color and clarity.  Homeowners can hire a professional or purchase a resealing product to complete the project themselves.

Q. How do I prevent chips, cracks or damage to my granite countertops?

A. Granite is very forgiving and can take a great deal of wear and tear.  To maintain a long countertop life, be sure to use cutting boards when preparing food, avoid using common household cleaners on the granite surface or cleaners that contain abrasives.  Avoid placing heavy items on the countertop and avoid sitting or standing on the surface, which can cause cracks.

Q. How do I remove stains from my granite countertop?

A. For most stains, combine 1 cup of baking soda or plaster with Clorox bleach to form a paste and spread it over the stain.  Cover and let rest overnight. Remove paste from the counter.  Contact us or your granite supplier for more specific staining problems and solutions.

Q. How do I prevent staining on my granite countertop?

A. Granite is known for its durability, but a few simple steps can make your countertop last longer.  Wipe up any spills immediately, and conduct proper routine cleaning.  Be sure to use coasters or some protective material with glasses or bottles resting on the granite.  Use trivets or pads under hot pans or dinnerware, and avoid spilling or using products that contain acid or vinegar such as citrus juices or some alcoholic beverages.

Q. How do I clean my granite countertop?

A. Use basic soap and water, or a gentle cleaning solution for daily cleaning of your granite countertop.  Remember to wipe up spills immediately, and rub with a soft cloth or synthetic sponge.

Q. How much will it cost?

A.The price depends on the amount of surface area, the type of stone, type of edge, type of finish, and if there are any special needs or requests, such us cook top, electrical outlet or sink cut-outs, and whether or not a sink will be included.

Q. Where does the granite for residential and commercial applications come from?

A. The granite that is offered for residential and commercial applications comes from open pit quarries, which can be found all around the world. There are large assortments of granite available to suit specific tastes, or design applications, which ranges from consistent grain structures and colors, to multicolored stones with veins, or movement resulting from the uneven distribution of minerals.

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