Granite is absorbent.
Granite qualifies as impervious to water and is actually less
absorbent than some solid surface (plastic) products. Granite is
commonly used as building material for high-rise buildings due to
its ability to withstand gale force winds and rain.
Granite stains easily.
Granite is resistant to stains. Generally, any liquid spilled on a
granite top, if wiped up within a few minutes, will not stain.
However, even water can soak into a granite countertop and leave a
dark colored spot but this will evaporate in minutes. Liquids that
do not evaporate, such as oils will cause stains if left to soak
into the stone.
Stains is granite are
Most stains can be removed. Even oil stains can usually be removed
using a poultice or paste that will draw out the oil from the stone.
Granite will lose its
polish over the years.
While this may be true of marble, granite will shine years from now
just as if it was brand new. Granite is highly scratch resistant and
will not show wear from daily use.
Granite requires a lot of
Routine cleaning with mild soap and water is all that is generally
required. Once a year, a re-application of a penetrating sealer
should be performed, which only takes about 15 minutes less time the
scouring a solid surface countertop with a cleanser to remove
Heat will cause granite to
chip and crack.
Granite is heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and
pans without damage. Impact from a heavy object may chip granite but
heat from anything short of a blowtorch will not affect your
granites are harder than light colored granites.
Granites are composed of a variety of minerals, each of which has
specific performance properties. The hardest mineral commonly found
in granite is quartz, which is normally a somewhat translucent,
white to grey colored mineral.
Granite's tiny pores and
fissures harbor bacteria.
Bacteria are found everywhere. If is on a granite top, then it can
also be found on a laminate or solid surface top. Use an
anti-bacterial soap to wash your countertop if you are concerned.
Granite and marble are
essentially the Same.
Besides the fact that they are both natural stones and can be
polished, they are otherwise very different. marble is generally a
calcious stone, formed from oceanic deposits and the compressed
under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite, however, is an igneous
rock, essentially molten magma, which is cooled and then hardened
below the earth's surface.
Granite is expensive.
Granite is usually competitively priced compared to other high-end
surfacing materials. You will be amazed when you compare the price
of granite to other popularly famed "Luxury surfaces". Granite
offers you an unmatched value with its natural beauty, elegance and