Q: What is the difference between granite and marble? A: Granite is an igneous rock, which means it was once molten and formed, as it cooled deep within the earth. Minerals within granite typically appear as small flecks throughout the stone. Granite is one of the hardest materials on earth. Used as a COUNTER TOP material, it is resistant to scratches, acids, stains and heat. It is long lasting, durable and available in a wide variety of colors, textures and unique crystal patterns.. Marble was once limestone that achieved metamorphosis from intense pressure and temperature within the earth. This altered its crystalline structure and introduced other minerals that produced the characteristic colors and veining. The complex formation of these stones over millions of years produced a look that is unlike any machine-made products. Marble works beautifully especially in the bath where it’s veining patterns and color create exquisite designs. Marble is sensitive to acidic foods such as vinegar, lemon, tomatoes, wine, as well as some tile cleaners, mildew removers and other harsh cleansers. Marble is also more susceptible to scratching due to the fact that it is much softer than a granite.
Q: Does granite stain? A: Of all of the stones, granite is the least porous. Before being sent to the distributor it is polished and impregnated with a resin. After fabrication and installation another sealant is applied to further protect it from staining. Water left on the granite for a long period of time will show evidence of moisture, however, over time the dark spot will disappear. Oil left on the granite will slowly be absorbed into the stone; wipe these areas as they occur. If an oil stain should occur, you can wipe the area with a poultice, to drY the oil out. Over time, the oil will redistribute through the granite and become undetectable.
Q: Is granite scratch resistant? A: Unlike any other materials, granite does not lose its shine and luster. The fact that granite is one of the hardest stones next to diamonds means that normal use will not damage your counter or tabletops.
Q: Is granite heat resistant? A: Granite can withstand a dish hot from the oven or stove right onto its surface. Most "man made" synthetic solid surface tops cannot. Q: Will my granite chip or crack? A: If granite can withstand the fabrication process, it will never break under normal kitchen conditions.
Q: How do I care for my granite COUNTER TOPS? A: Mild soap and water works fine. There are spray cleaners with an anti-bacterial agent available that you can use. Never use cleaners that contain acid, citrus base, ammonia or bleach. These can damage the finish.
Q: What are the differences between an under-mount sink and a drop-in? A: drop-in sink is, just that, dropped in from above the counter top, into the cut out. An under-mount sink sits beneath the surface, under a polished rim. The benefit to this option is that it provides a smooth surface from counter to sink. Because of additional polishing involved, there is an upgrade charge.
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