Granite, Marable and Soapstone Countertops

Stone countertops are extremely durable and help greatly in raising the overall value of your home. With its timeless beauty and durability, they are an amazing addition to any Kitchen or bathroom! Granite is one of the world’s oldest building materials. Over the years, manmade materials have been introduced to try and compete with the beauty and durability of granite. With the introduction of these manmade materials, misconceptions and falsehoods about granite have come about. Some of those granite “myths” are:

Granite Facts:

~GRANITE STAINS EASILY – Granite is very resistant to staining. Generally, any liquid spilled on a granite countertop will not stain, when cleaned up in a reasonable amount of time.

~GRANITE WILL LOSE Its POLISH OR BECOME DULL – Granite will continue to shine years from now, and will not show wear from daily usage.

~GRANITE REQUIRES “LOTS” OF MAINTENANCE – Soap and water is all that is necessary for everyday cleaning. Most granite’s do require a sealer, which usually has a lifespan of 10-15 years or more. Application of a sealer takes minutes to do, and can even be done by the homeowner. (“Spray on” & “Wipe off”) holds up beautifully to the wear and tear of a kitchen. Bacteria can grow on almost every surface in the world. A study by the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management showed

~GRANITE WILL CHIP AND CRACK – Granite is a natural material, and like any natural material, it is not indestructible. However, granite is extremely resistant to scratching and staining. Granite is also able to withstand an enormous amount of heat, more than is usually generated in a kitchen.

~GRANITE IS EXPENSIVE – Granite is very competitive in price, when compared with other countertop materials. Due to improvements in quarries, technology and shipping, a large selection of granites are less expensive than solid surface or quartz surface materials.

~GRANITE HARBORS BACTERIA – Granite is a functional material, which that during a normal cleaning with soap and water, granite which had a sealer applied, will quadruple the amount of bacteria removed during a normal cleaning process.

Granite and stone tops are very difficult to scratch, even with the highest quality knives. However, we recommend the use of a cutting board to protect your knives, not the granite or stone. They are also very resistant to heat. No heat your kitchen stove could create would be able to damage your stone top.