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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS GRANITE?
IS GRANITE SCRATCH AND HEAT RESISTANT?
DOES GRANITE STAIN?
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO RE-APPLY SEALER?
DOES GRANITE HARBOR HARMFUL BACTERIA?
WHY IS GRANITE POPULAR AS A COUNTERTOP MATERIAL?
IS GRANITE A DO-IT-YOURSELF PRODUCT?
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A CABINET REFACING PROJECT?
DO YOU CARRY INSURANCE?

WHAT IS GRANITE?

Granite, from the Italian granito (meaning grained), is a type of volcanic rock containing crystallized minerals such as feldspar, quartz and mica, formed deep within the earth's crust. The minerals, their varying concentrations, temperature, pressure and the rate at which the rocks cool down on their ascent to the earth's surface determine the colors and patterns of granite. It is the range of colors and patterns that make granite such an appealing and unique material to use for kitchen worktops, tiles and flooring within the home.

IS GRANITE SCRATCH AND HEAT RESISTANT?

Yes, granite is both scratch and heat resistant. It is recommended that you do not use knives on granite, not out of concern for scratching the granite, but because the hardness of the granite will dull your knives. In addition, granite is one of the most heat resistant materials you can use. You can set hot pots on your granite tops without any concern.

DOES GRANITE STAIN?

It can in some instances. Generally, the darker the granite, the more stain resistant it is. Some granite can stain if the granite has not been sealed and the substance is left on the granite to soak in. If you seal the granite once a year as recommended (a 15 minute wipe on-wipe off application), you should never experience a staining problem.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO RE-APPLY SEALER?

Many so-called "experts" advise re-applying stone sealer on an annual (or more frequent) basis. They are in all likelihood just trying to get you to buy more of their expensive sealer. Granite wholesalers don't advise any preset "calendar" for re-sealing. Over-application of sealer can build up over time and cause a haze on the surface of your countertops. The frequency for re-sealing depends on the type of stone installed and the amount of use that the countertops see. An easy "rule of thumb" is to closely monitor the area around the sink. If you begin to notice water that does not bead up or soaks into the stone within 10-15 minutes, then it's probably time to re-seal. Applying a sealer is easy. You can apply a liberal amount of sealer in the evening before going to bed and just let it penetrate and cure overnight. We have sealers for sale or they can be picked up at any "big box" hardware store.

DOES GRANITE HARBOR HARMFUL BACTERIA?

Both the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have found no evidence of such. In fact, in one study, sealed granite was shown to be second only to stainless steel for resistance to bacteria.

WHY IS GRANITE POPULAR AS A COUNTERTOP MATERIAL?

First and foremost, looks! Granite comes in some amazing colors and is considered to be one of the most beautiful stones in the world.

Durability: Granite lasts the lifetime of a person's home, is resistant to chipping and scratching and is impervious to heat. The color and polished surface of granite does not fade over time.

Economics: With the new technology available to the miners and fabricators of granite, the cost of granite has dropped dramatically in the last few decades. Stone prices are now competitive or lower than man-made options, and granite lasts longer than any other surface!

Ecology: Although mining is rough on the environment, other products are far worse in several ways. Man-made products create potentially deadly by-products that go straight to our crowded landfills. Due to granite's durability and timeless beauty, it does not need to be replaced or upgraded, whereas man-made counters are replaced several times over the life of a building, further adding waste (both environmentally and financially).

IS GRANITE A DO-IT-YOURSELF PRODUCT?

No, not likely! Granite fabrication is a specialized trade that requires extensive training and practice in order to product high-quality results - not to mention the expensive diamond tooling and equipment. Granite wholesalers employ fabricators and installers with years of training and experience. Even a small vanity countertop can weigh over one hundred pounds, so safe handling is another concern that you need not worry about when buy from granite wholesalers. Mistakes are inevitable with any projects and when working with natural stone, small errors can be very costly. You can easily exceed the cost of our installed prices with just one small slip-up or miscalculation. When you choose granite wholesalers, you are guaranteed professional results from the initial design through fabrication and final installation.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A CABINET REFACING PROJECT?

For custom cabinet refacing, most jobs are done in less than a week. We can do this because we don't use subs and we have most of the inventory in stock, reducing ordering time. This type of dedication is what has earned us honor roll status with the Better Business Bureau.

DO YOU CARRY INSURANCE?

Yes. All our workers are insured with an A-rated insurance company, and we also carry a $2 million policy protection coverage to protect our consumer from any issues.