Granite Countertop FAQs

Granite Countertop FAQs

 

How thick should my granite countertop be?

A kitchen countertop should be 1 ¼ inches or 3 centimeters thick. This is important for structural reasons. Bathroom vanity tops may be thinner, like ¾ of an inch or 2 centimeters.

 

Is it possible for my granite countertop to be damaged?

As is the case with any solid surface, granite can be damaged by high impact blows. Due to the crystalline structure of granite, it can become chipped if subjected to sharp objects. Additionally, if left unsealed, granite can absorb stains which can cause discoloration or dark spots. Under normal circumstances, heat from pots, pans or even burning liquids will not hurt granite.

 

Will there be pits on the surface of my countertop?

Granite has a crystalline structure. This means that it can often have small pits or spaces between the different mineral crystals. While these spots may be more visible on a small sample, they are often more difficult to see on a larger slab because of the overall appearance, which is polished and has a mirror-like reflection. Granite can also sometimes have natural fissures. These fissures may look like cracks, but they are not actually structural defects. They’re actually a naturally occurring result of the tremendous pressure and heat that formed the stone. Rather than being viewed as flaws, these characteristic should be viewed as part of the natural beauty of granite. They will not impact the durability or functionality of your granite countertop.

 

If I place a hot pot on my countertop, will it harm it?

Granite is actually formed by intense heat along with pressure beneath the crust of the Earth. Under normal use, it’s unlikely that your granite countertop would become discolored or cracked when exposed to the heat of a pot or pan.

 

Will granite chip?

Granite will only chip in instances of extreme use, such as through an impact tool or a hammer. If a chip does occur, it can be filled with the use of a granite dust and epoxy mixture. Your granite countertop can usually be repaired so any chip is completely unnoticeable.

 

Will granite crack?

Granite does not usually crack under regular use. Granite is most prone to cracks during the shipping and installation process.

 

Is it possible to repair granite?

Yes, and it’s typically filled with an epoxy mixture. However, granite is very difficult to damage in the first place.

 

Will granite cantilever?

It’s possible to cantilever granite up to as much as 14 inches if sufficient support is provided and the piece is large enough. You should never cantilever granite that’s unsupported as it might receive excessive amounts of stress – just imagine someone sitting on or stepping on your counter. In this type of situation, it’s imperative to provide support.

 

Will the seams show in a granite countertop?

Due to the fact that granite’s a natural stone and mined in blocks from a quarry, there will usually be seams. Seams can also be used to reduce costs in the design of your countertop. The visibility of seams usually depends on the color, pattern and granularity of the slab you choose. A grain that’s small and uniform usually won’t have a seam that’s as apparent as a larger, more varied grain.

Dark colors usually have a less apparent seam than lighter colors. For patterned granite with multiple colors, the design can make it appear to have more seams than more basic patterns.

 

Will my countertop stain?

Natural stones are porous, though granite is to only a small degree. Most colors will never reveal any moisture. Some colors may reveal a small amount of moisture if exposed for a long period of time. When wiped away, the dark spot will typically dry up.

 

What’s the correct way to clean my granite countertop?

Granite can be effectively cleaned with the use of any mild cleaner, including warm water and simple dish soap. Ideally, granite should be cleaned using a specially formulated cleaner, as dish soap can leave soap build-up on your countertop over time.

If using specialty granite cleaner, it’s best to allow it to sit for at least 30 seconds and then wipe it off using a soft cloth. This is the best method for cleaning a granite countertop.

 

Will my granite countertop look just like the sample online?

The samples on our website have been photographed and saved as digital image files. Given the variety of computers, monitors, browsers, etc., it’s possible the color tones might not display as they truly are due to your computer.

Also, given that granite is a natural stone, it will have naturally occurring variations when it comes to granularity, tone, color, pattern, etc.

 

How is granite formed?

Granite starts as scorching hot liquid magma deep in the core of the Earth, containing mostly quartz, mica, and feldspar. Over millions of years, it’s cooled and compressed under the pressure of the Earth’s crust. Eventually, it comes to the surface in quarries, where it’s cut and polished for use in countertops, vanities, fireplace surrounds, and more.

 

How expensive is granite?

The actual cost of granite counters can depend on factors such as the color, custom shape and edge profile. At Allied Stone, we are proud to offer competitive pricing and exceptional service.

 

Is granite bacteria-resistant?

In a word, yes. A 1999 study from the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management rated granite as more bacteria-resistant than a variety of other materials often used in kitchen countertops when properly washed and rinsed with soap and water, followed by sanitization with a vinegar and water solution.

Granite Countertop FAQs