Granite is extremely hard and durable, virtually
scratchproof, comes in a wide variety of colors, and is easily
cleaned because of low porosity. It is a great stone to use
for kitchen countertops, backsplashes, and bathroom vanities.
Granite can be polished, honed, or flamed.
Polished granite has a glossy surface that brings out the
brilliancy in the stone’s colors. The texture is very
smooth and is not very porous, so it is excellent for countertops
where staining might occur. Honed granite has a flat or low-sheen
finish that is smooth in texture. It is still fairly porous
and natural looking, often used for floors in high-traffic
areas like commercial buildings. Flamed granite has a rough
finish that is achieved by exposing the stone to intense heat.
When heated, the crystals in the stone actually pop. The surface
is very porous. It is most often used in commercial applications.
A few granite samples
Questions about Granite
Aren’t granites expensive?
No. In fact, granite countertops can be less expensive
than a solid surface material such as Corian©. The price
will vary by square foot, depending on the color you select
as well as the edging detail. But remember, your granite counter
will last forever and be completely unique to your kitchen--a
truly durable, scratch resistant and beautiful investment.
How do you take care of granite?
Clean with ordinary window cleaner as often as you like.
Can you scratch granite?
Granite is one of the hardest stones available. It cannot
be scratched in ordinary use; even a knife blade will not
scratch it. It can only be scratched with specially sharpened
tools designed to work with granite, like tungsten and diamond
Can you chip granite?
Granite will chip only in cases of severe abuse with a hammer
or impact tool. In the unlikely event that your granite is
chipped, the mark can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy
mixture. Granite will not crack with ordinary use. It is most
susceptible to cracking during shipping.
Does granite stain or burn?
No. You can't burn it with ordinary use. Granite is highly
resistant to staining. The only caveat is that a few colors
may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact. Usually no
evidence remains when the liquid is removed and the granite
dries. A problem could arise with prolonged exposure to a
Although the granite may have a sealer applied
at the fabricator's location, we recommend that a stone sealer
also be applied after installation. Please consult with your
fabricator for advice.
Can granite cantilever (project
from a wall without other visible means of support)?
Yes. You can cantilever a single piece of granite
of up to 14" if there is sufficient support on the fixed
end. Never cantilever 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 additional support
underneath for these situations.