Saturday, April 23, 2016

Do I Go Granite

Should I Go Granite?

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So you are wondering if you should go granite.  I am here to answer a few questions to ease your mind.

Q: I want granite, but how expensive is it? 
A: Granite is very affordable granite can be as low as $49 a square foot to $100 a square foot depending on the granite you choose.

Q: Granite is beautiful, but is it hard to clean?
A: Granite is very easy to clean, just use a little mind dish soap and warm water to clean up anything.  Windex will shine you counter up beautifully.

Q: If I put a hot pan on the granite will I ruin it?
A: Granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure combined beneath the earth’s crust.  It cannot be affected by heat from a cook top or frying pan.  Granite will not burn with ordinary use. It is perfectly ok to set hot pots or pans directly from the stove or oven onto granite.

Q: Can I cut on my granite countertop?
A: Cutting on your granite countertops will not harm your granite.  Granite is actually harder than your knife and will quickly dull your blade.

Q:Will me granite countertop chip?
A: Granite is a very dense material and under normal wear and tear conditions it will NOT chip or scratch.

Q: Will my granite stain?
A: In general, no.  Granite has very little porosity. Most colors will never show any moisture.  A few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact.  For example, a puddle of water left on the counter may show a dark spot when the water is wiped away. Usually, no evidence remains once the liquid is removed and the granite dries.  

Q: How often do I need to reseal my granite countertop?
A: There is a test you can do to see if your granite needs to be resealed.  Let water stand on your countertop for 15 minutes.  If the water is still there after that time then you do NOT need to reseal.  If the water has absorbed into the granite then you will need to reseal. Granite does not need to be sealed often. In fact, there are sealants that give a lifetime warranty against staining with just one single application. Some granites don’t require any sealing at all.

Q: What is the life expectancy of a granite countertop?
A: With proper maintenance and care you granite countertop will last a lifetime.

Q: What if I think granite might be to busy for my taste?
A: There is a stone for everyone's individual taste.  There are over 50 colors and styles to choose from.  There's a color for everyone!

Q: Is granite is safe for food preparation?
A: Granite countertops are expected and intended to come into contact with food, especially when installed in a kitchen application. That’s why there is testing in place to ensure that granite countertops are safe for food preparation and daily living. MSI meets and in many cases exceeds standards that have been put in place to ensure granite countertops are a good, green option for your home, with certifications from GREENGUARD and theNational Sanitation Foundation (NSF). Further, because granite is low in porosity and typically sealed, it is easier to keep clean and is resistant to bacterial growth, which helps to make your home environment healthier for your family!

Hopefully these questions and answers have put your mind at ease about granite.  Go check it out.  You can find the right one for you.  

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