FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the frequently asked questions when it comes to picking granite, marble or quartz.

WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING GRANITE OR MARBLE?

Customers not familiar with natural stone may expect the granite or marble they order to be identical to pictures or samples they have seen. Although sample stones are intended to be representative of the material, the granite or marble quarried at one time may differ slightly in color and veining from the sample. Moreover, even single slabs of granite or marble will possess a certain amount of color variation from one end to the other. These slight irregularities are what will make your project unique and different from any other.

IS IT NECESSARY TO SEAL THE GRANITE, MARBLE OR QUARTZ?

Since some stone surfaces are porous they can and will absorb liquids, which may result in discoloring and staining.
We will seal the marble or granite upon installation. Depending on how heavily the tops are used, this sealer may wear off. It is recommended that your marble should be sealed at least once every six months and your granite be sealed annually.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN GRANITE?

Granite may be cleaned with a mild phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish soap. Granite should always be cleaned and sealed with cleaning products specifically designed for natural stone.

CAN I CUT ON MY GRANITE COUNTERTOP?

Cutting on your Granite countertops will not harm your granite, however the blade will dull over time.

CAN MY GRANITE COUNTERTOP BE DAMAGED?

Granite is a very durable stone. It is much harder than marble. Granite has been used in the past in the commercial industry and will withstand almost any element it comes up against including cold and heat. High impact blows can harm granite just like any other solid surface. Because of its crystalline structure, granite can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects.
Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not harm granite under normal conditions.

WILL MY GRANITE COUNTERTOP HAVE PITS ON THE SURFACE?

Granite, since it has a crystalline structure, always has tiny pits (spaces between the various mineral crystals). You do not see them on a larger piece because the overall appearance is polished and mirror-like. Granite and marble sometimes has 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 that formed the granite ages ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of the stone and will not impair the function or durability of the granite. However, we HIGHLY recommend you viewing your slab to ensure you are aware of the location of any existing fissures that may appear in your job.

DOES GRANITE STAIN?

In general, no. All stone, however, is porous to some extent, but granite has very little porosity.
Some colors may absorb 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.
Marble and granite are porous materials and therefore, are subject to staining if not maintained properly. In granite, the same porosity that allows for staining also allows for easy stain removal. In most cases, stains can be prevented by quickly wiping the spill. If a spill is left overnight, especially if the liquid is grease, oil, coffee, or wine the granite will usually darken. To remove the stain, a poultice should be applied, which may pull out the stain from the granite. Marble can be stained and etched by acidic or oil-based products.

WHAT IS ETCHING?

Etching occurs when acid in some form comes in contact with a polished marble surface. This causes a chemical reaction, which removes the polish, or roughens the surface of honed marble.
Green marbles, such as the “jades” from China are resistant to etching, and granite is impervious to any common household acids.

DO I NEED CORBELS/SUPPORTS UNDER MY BAR TOP?

This depends on how much overhang will be suspened without any support. You can cantilever 10” of stone before needing any additional supports.