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Q: How much overhang can you have without supports, and what type of supports
A: For 3cm stone, we recommend supports with overhangs that are 10″ or greater. As to the type of support used, we recommend a cantilevered bracket or corbel that matches the cabinet. the brackets should be spaced every 3′ to 4′ .
Q: How does the dishwasher attach to the granite tops?
A: The best way to attach a dishwasher is to silicone a small strip of wood under the counter. Once dry, the dishwasher can be screwed into the wood. You may also use dishwasher straps and attach them to the back wall or to the cabinets. This option will make the dishwasher more difficult to service
Q: What is the best way to clean stone countertops and other stone surfaces?
A: The rule of thumb is never to use anything you wouldn’t normally use on your hands. Never use powdered cleansers or abrasive pads to clean your stone. Even “soft scrub” type cleaners contain pumice, which is powdered volcanic stone, and might damage your stone countertops or floors. Never use any product that is acidic; this includes substances like ammonia or many common liquid cleaners such as Windex. You should always use sealers and cleaning products designed specifically for natural stone.
Q: Can I use a marble countertop for my kitchen?
A: Marble countertops can be scratched more easily than harder stone such as granite. Marble is sometimes used in the kitchen as a pastry slab; its perfectly smooth, cool surface is ideal for rolling out dough and piecrusts. However keep in mind that the ideal material for the kitchen is granite. Marble pieces that have a honed finish will not etch because their surfaces start out with a matte finish. Because marble (and limestone) are calcium carbonate, the polished surface is more vulnerable to household acids including vinegar, mustard, ketchup, citrus and a host of other food-related products. These acidic substances cause a chemical reaction that will remove the polish.
Q: My little sample of granite has pits on the surface - will I have these on
A: Granite, which is crystalline in structure, always has tiny pits – spaces between the various mineral crystals. You donÂÅ’t see them on a larger piece because the overall appearance is polished and mirror-like. Granite countertops sometimes have natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure which formed the granite millions years ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material.
Q: What is honed granite?
A: Strictly speaking, granite is called “honed” when the polishing process is halted just before a reflective shiny surface is achieved. This gives a softer, matte appearance to the stone.
Q: What is flamed granite?
A: Granite is flamed by applying blowtorch-strength heat to the surface of the stone. This causes the surface to melt and some of the crystals to shatter, leaving a highly textured surface which is ideal for exterior paving or wet areas for non-slipperiness.
Q: Will my granite look like the online sample?
A: The samples you see on the computer may not be absolutely correct due to variations in computer systems, monitors and software compression. Marble and granite are natural stones created by the forces of nature. They are composed of various minerals and are susceptible to wide variations in color, texture, spotting, veining and cracking. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty.
Q: Does granite burn?
A: No. You can’t burn granite with ordinary use. It is perfectly ok to set hot pots or pans directly from the stove or oven onto granite.
Q: Can you scratch granite?
A: Granite is one of the hardest stones in the world. It is highly resistant to scratching in ordinary use. A knife blade will not scratch granite. It can only be scratched by another piece of granite or with specially sharpened tools designed to work with granite like tungsten and diamond blades.
Q: Can granite crack?
A: Not with ordinary use. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during shipping and installation. Normal use will not overstress this durable material. Normal use does not include standing on the counter tops.
Q: What is honed stone?
A: Granite, Marble, or limestone that is honed has a matte or satin finish, rather than a high reflective polish.We can hone all types of stone in our shops by removing the factory polish. One feature of honed marble is that it doesnâ€™t show etching as readily, or wear patterns on floors. It is preferred by some because â€œhonedâ€ stone has a less formal, softer appearance than polished stone
Q: Is it necessary to seal stone?
A: All stone, even granite, is porous to some degree, and will absorb moisture over time. Some stones are more porous than others, so it is important to use a penetrating sealer to prevent stains from oil, wine, or other liquids from soaking into the surface
Q: What is the difference between marble and granite?
A: Although both are stones and both are quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures, and is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals. The marble family – limestone, travertine, marble, and onyx – starts out as sediment – animal skeletons and shells, plant matter, silt – at the bottom of bodies of water. After millions of years this solidifies into stone. Because its main component is calcium, acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages can affect it.
Q: What are granite slabs?
A: Granite Slabs are produced by cutting large granite blocks into 3/4″ or 1-1/4″ sheets. Once cut, these slabs are cleaned and polished.
Q: Is your granite real and why is it so inexpensive?
A: All the granite products sold by Granite Surfaces are genuine granite, produced from natural rock and are first quality. We are able to sell at such low prices because we ship directly from the production site, in addition to cost reductions owing to our huge volumes in shipping.
Q: How much does granite weigh?
A: 3cm granite weighs approximately 21 Lbs. per square foot and 2cm granite weights approximately 15 Lbs. per square foot. 2cm marble weighs approximately 13.5 Lbs per square foot. Both granite and marble are easily supported by standard floor and cabinet systems. For safety requirements, pieces weighing more than 550 Lbs may require a seam.
Q: Does Granite Surfaces do granite installation?
A: Absolutely. We have an inhouse team of expert installers. Please ask us for a free estimate.
Q: What is involved in the pricing of a countertop?
A: Each slab has it’s base price, we then charge by the square foot, taking into account the number of holes, edge and finish. We’ll gladly provide you with a free quote for your specific need.
Q: Why is granite an excellent material for kitchen countertops?
A: Next to diamonds, sapphires, and rubys, granite is the hardest natural product on earth. Once polished, natural granite will maintain its high gloss virtually forever. Normal use of kitchen knives, cutlery, and cookware leaves no scratches. Heat has almost no effect on natural granite, making it much safer than synthetic surfaces with polyesters and resins. Pots and pans heated to 900 degrees Fahrenheit will not dull natural granite’s lustrous finish, but the use of trivets is recommended to keep your granite counter clean.
Q: What do the finished surfaces of granite look like?
A: Granite can have four main finishes: polished (shiny), honed (matte), flamed or brushed (textured). The polished and honed surfaces are flat and smooth. The flamed and brushed surfaces are flat and textured. The polished surface is shiniest, while the brushed surface reflects the least amount of light.
Q: Why choose Granite for a countertop
A: For one, its extraordinary natural beauty. With the ability to choose from a huge variety of granite colors you are assured your countertop will be an original. Granite is the most durable of all surfaces used in counter top construction. Hot cookware can be placed on the surface without worrying about burning the surface. Granite can withstand up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures, and disperse the heat throughout its surface area. Granite surfaces are virtually stain proof. Granite is the only choice for preparation surfaces for world famous chefs, bakers, pasta and candy makers.