What Is Granite?

  • • Why Use Granite?

    Granite is extremely hard, durable and heat resistant. It’s easy to clean! Granite Countertops will add value to your home and they don’t depreciate. Granite comes in many colors and patterns so you should find one that suits your style.
  • • What is Granite?

    Granite is a natural stone made up of interlocking mineral crystals, the most common being feldspar and Quartz. But an array of other minerals can be included, and these make each piece of granite unique. Granite is drilled, chiseled and blasted out of quarries in large blocks, and special milling machines then cut into workable slabs. Other machines polish the granite slabs into a uniform thickness, usually ¾” to 1 ¼” (2 to 3 centimeters).
  • • What is Marble?

    Marble is a metamorphic rock resulting from regional or at times contact metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, either limestone or dolostone. Marble is a natural stone known for its veins. Marble is softer than granite and not as scratch resistant or stain resistant as granite. Marble is a beautiful stone, but it requires more maintenance than granite, so make sure you take careful consideration before making a decision.
  • • What is Engineered Stone?

    Engineered Stone is a composite of Quartz and resin. It’s a manmade stone. There are different brands such as Zodiaq, Silestone, Hanstone and Caesarstone. They are easy to maintain, nonporous and chemical resistant. They require no sealants and very little maintenance, just routine cleaning. There is a broad range of colors and a more consistent pattern than Granite.

How to Care for my Countertops?

  • Granite.

    Granite: While granite is extremely heat and scratch resistant we do not recommend cutting on it without a cutting board or placing hot items on it without a hot pad, just like with marble or engineered stone countertops. We recommend sealing your tops once or twice a year, especially on the lighter color stones. Sealing is straightforward and easy to do. There are a lot of sealers available at stores, just ask us what we recommend. For regular cleaning just use a wet cloth with soap if necessary. No heavy ammonia sprays, Soft scrubs, or bleaches. Though they will not damage the stone. Over time they may cause dullness on the finish which also can be repolished.
  • Marble.

    Marble: Marble tops are not as resistant as Granite. We recommend sealing your marble countertops a couple times a year, to protect against staining. We recommend using cutting boards and hot pads to protect your countertop.
  • Engineered Stone.

    Engineered Stone: Only routine cleaning is necessary with nonabrasive cleaners. Just like other countertops, a cutting board is recommended when slicing or chopping and hot pads to place hot items.