Frequently Ask Questions
What is Granite?
Granites are composed of quartz, feldspars and micas and traces of a wide variety of other minerals. Granite is formed by hardening of these molten components when they cool in the earth’s crust. The color and texture of the various granites are influenced by the presence of trace minerals present in the stone. The crystal size evident in the granite is partially determined by cooling rate. A slow cooling process results in larger crystal size and faster cooling produces finer grained granites.
Granite can be obtained with polished, honed, or flamed surfaces. Polished granite has a shiny, mirror-like surface. Honed granite has a matte or satin finish. Flamed granite is produced by applying very high heat to the surface. The heat fractures some of the crystals and creates a deeply textured surface. Due to its coarser surface, flamed granite is useful outdoors and can also be as an accent material in a polished granite floor.
A huge selection of patterns and colors makes granite one of the most versatile, durable, and low maintenance of all stones. Granite is one of the hardest and densest substances on earth, making it ideal for kitchen countertops.
Is Granite sanitary?
Like any other countertop material, if cleaned regularly and properly, granite poses no health or sanitation problems. In fact, some studies have shown Granite is second only to stainless steel in lowest bacterial counts when used as a countertop material. All other resin and concrete based countertops scored very poorly in terms of sanitation.
Will Granite stain?
Granite is a porous material and therefore it is subject to staining if not maintained properly. Granite is very dense and resistant to stains if spills are removed relatively quickly. If a spill is left overnight, especially if the liquid is grease, oil, coffee, or wine, the granite will usually darken. Stains usually can be removed by use of a poultice. A sealer is applied during the fabrication process which further reduces the chance of staining. We recommend that you reseal your granite twice a year.
Will Granite scratch, chip or burn?
Granite is a very dense material and under normal usage is extremely chip and scratch resistant. As granite is one of the hardest materials on earth, scratches are very unlikely. Chips can occur if the surface or edges are abused with very heavy objects, such as dropping a heavy cast iron frying pan, but are unlikely if reasonable care is used. Granite is unaffected by temperature ranges typically found in a kitchen. Hot pots and pans can be placed directly on it without damage.
Do Granite countertops have seams?
Granite slabs are limited in size by practicality. Quarrying, shipping, and handling issues place finite limits on the workable size of a slab. Often the raw slabs may not be large enough for the entire run of the countertop. Additionally, transportation and installation issues at the jobsite may limit finished piece size. As a result seams in the material are necessary. However, seams are very tight and filled with a clear or colored epoxy and are designed in a manner that minimizes (but may not eliminate) their visibility. While your granite countertop may have a seam, the beauty of the stone, and the functionality of your new countertop will far outweigh the appearance of any seams.
What is the difference between 2cm and 3cm?
Typically granite slabs are cut 2cm thick. We then laminate another 2cm piece to the edge and then fabricate our edge profile. This gives the finished edge a 4cm or 1 ½ “ thickness. To achieve this superior edge profile is very labor intensive, and therefore very costly to produce.
Many of our competitors have moved to 3cm thick slabs and fabricate the edges without laminating on an additional piece. This process is nothing more than a cost savings initiative for the manufacturer. The result is a 25% thinner edge profile on the finished product.
At Granite Direct, we are proud of our deep edge profiles, and due to our offshore fabrication facility we can offer this superior edge and still be the lowest price granite supplier in Canada.