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Southwest Granite & Glass will answer below some of the most popular questions people have about granite countertops
Can I cut on my granite countertop?
If you want to ruin your good knives feel free. Granite countertops are harder than your knife blades and will dull them quickly. Use a wooden cutting board if you value your knives.
Can my granite countertop be damaged?
High impact blows can harm granite or any other surface for that matter. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect your granite countertop under normal circumstances.
My little sample of granite has pits on the surface – will I have these on my granite counters?
Granite, which is crystalline in structure, always has tiny pits – spaces between the various mineral crystals. You don’t see them on a larger piece 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 millions of years ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material. A product of nature cannot be expected to look man made
How do I clean my granite countertops?
Polished granite is a very durable stone, much harder than marble. Granite itself is approximately 95% stain resistant. Polished Granite countertops should receive the same cleaning care as polished marble, using a mild phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish-soap, followed by a through rinsing and drying. An annual sealant which can be purchased through us is recommended to prevent most stains on your granite countertop.
Will my granite countertop look like the sample?
The samples you see on your computer have been saved as digital images. The colours and tones may not be correct due to variations in computer systems, monitors. Granite is a natural material with naturally occurring variations in color, tone, and pattern, etc. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural and unique beauty.
Can I set hot pot on my granite countertop?
Granite is formed by a combination of extreme heat and pressure beneath the earth’s crust. Your granite countertop cannot be affected by heat from a cook top or frying pan.
Can granite chip?
In only cases of sever abuse with a hammer or impact tool. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture.
Do granite seams show?
Because granite is a natural material and is mined from the quarry in blocks usually no more than 10′ long, you will end up with seams in some cases. Because your kitchen or bathroom counters are primarily 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 granite chosen. Most customers have found that the beauty of natural granite outweighs the concern of seams.
Can granite cantilever?
You can cantilever granite up to 14″ with sufficient support on the fixed end and with a large enough piece. We 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. You must have support underneath for these situations.
How much does granite cost?
We will not pretend that granite countertops will not cost you a little more than a standard post form countertop. While there are different grades of granite each one with a different price, the use of granite by more and more homeowners has reduced the cost over the last few years. Almost any kitchen or bathroom renovation project should have budget room for the indisputable beauty of granite.
Lise T, Chatham, 9.22.2013
"Love my new countertops!! There was a little miscommunication on the sealant, but it was rectified very quickly. Everyone I talked to was friendly and helpful! Thank you!"