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Misconceptions About Granite:


"Granite is too expensive."

Most homeowners think of granite as a beautiful countertop option, but also a very costly one. The truth is, the price of granite has dropped significantly in recent years. Today it's often priced lower than some synthetics, such as SileStone and other brands of engineered stone. According to research conducted by The Freedonia Group, the average cost of granite per square foot has decreased since 1992 from $95 per square foot to under $60 per foot in 2002. Its durability and natural beauty make granite today's best value among countertop choices.

"Granite is easy To stain."

This is perhaps one of the more common and lasting myths about granite. Granite is exceptionally stain resistant, more so than many synthetic materials, including laminates and solid surface plastics such as Corian. For years architects have used granite as an external cladding surface in commercial buildings because of its ability to withstand nature's elements and retain its original beauty.

"Granite needs to be re-sealed regularly."

Another common misconception about granite countertops is that they must be re-sealed on a regular basis (some even suggest annual applications) to prevent them from staining. While it is possible to stain granite, it is extremely difficult to do so. The likelihood of staining granite through normal kitchen use is so low that it hardly deserves a second thought. For those who think otherwise, Solid Design Fabricators recommends asking granite homeowners about their experience.

"Granite will loose its shine."

This is a true statement for marble, but not for granite. Granite is an extremely dense substance. Diamond is one of the few materials harder than granite, which is why diamond pads are used to polish it. Normal household activities simply do not introduce sufficient abrasion to the surface of granite to dull it. Rest assured that your granite countertop will maintain it's brand new shine for decades to come.

"Granite is difficult to maintain."

Maintenance for granite is virtually non-existent. Routine cleaning with mild soap and water, as you would do with any countertop surface, is all you need.

"Heat will crack granite."

Granite is able to withstand exceptionally high levels of heat, allowing you to move dishes straight from your oven to the countertop without a problem. The heat from pots and pans won't cause any damage to a granite countertop. Meals cooked at over 400 degrees f will scorch synthetic solid surfaces (like Corian), which offer heat resistance only up to that temperature. Granite, on the other hand, has no constituent materials capable of burning at under several thousand degrees. In fact, it will not scorch even when exposed to direct flame.

"Granite contains harmful radon gases."

Granite is rock. No one has ever come forward with scientific evidence to suggest granite or any other rocks are harmful to your health. This rather preposterous myth emerged just about the time Dupont introduced Corian about 33 years ago. In actuality, radon gas emissions are more harmful from surfaces such as concrete, cement and gypsum which surround us on a daily basis. The Marble Institute of America reports that radon is a naturally occurring gas generated by the decay of trace amounts of uranium found in the earth's crust throughout the world. It is an unstable gas that quickly breaks down and dissipates in the air. No one today takes credit for starting the rumor, and certainly no one supports it. (By the way, granite contains crystals that some people believe have healing properties.) Most experts would agree, however, that granite isn't going to cure you or kill you. It's just a pretty rock that makes a great countertop.

"Granite harbors bacteria."

Another frequently repeated myth is that granite harbors harmful bacteria; that somehow germs retreat into nooks and crannies in granite, lying in wait to make us sick. Records maintained by The Center for Disease Control confirm that there is absolutely no evidence of granite harboring bacteria or of anyone getting sick from bacteria in granite. Additionally, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, as well as the Hospitality Industry, give granite a clean bill of health. Granite is no more or less sanitary than any other surface.

"Granite can't be repaired."

Granite can indeed be repaired, it just doesn't break very easily or very often, so no one's making a living fixing it. If granite chips or cracks (which can happen if it is struck with a heavy object), it can be refinished or repaired with colored epoxies. Rainier Stoneworks, being an experienced granite fabricator can usually repair any of your granite breaks, chips, or cracks.

Contact us today if you need a repair or replacement. (360) 802-8949.


Comparing Surfaces..

COUNTERTOP SURFACE COMPARISONS

Material

Advantages

Disadvantages

Laminates- A typical laminate countertop material is Formica. It is a thin layer of plastic that is glued to particleboard or wood.

  • Inexpensive
  • Assorted colors
  • Easy to clean
  • Scratches easily
  • Not heat resistant
  • Warping occurs from prolonged wetting
  • Cannot be repaired once damaged

Acrylic and/or Polyester Plastic (Corian etc.)- Unlike Laminates Acrylic and Polyester Plastics are homogenous throughout the material. They come in polished or matte finish. They can be expensive and in many cases more expensive than granite.

  • Stain resistant
  • Seamless
  • Many colors
  • Easy to clean
  • Scratches easily
  • Hot pots melt surface
  • Expensive
  • Plastic unnatural appearance
  • Synthetic Material.

Tile- Tile countertops come in an arrangement of sizes from 1 inch to 24 inches. All tile has grout lines, which can cause problems. Grout soils very easily and requires frequent cleaning.

  • Stain resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Endless Shapes , Colors and Designs
  • Heat Resistant
  • Chips easily
  • Grout can be a problem
  • Slightly more expensive than laminates

Engineered Stone (Zodiac etc.)- Engineered Stone combines natural quartz and sands or Palamer Resin together to create an agglomerate product that tries to simulate granite, marble or travertine.

  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Scratch resistant
  • Heat resistant
  • Doesn't have the same depth and rich look as real stone would.
  • Fairly new and hasn't stood through the tests of time specifically for scratches and stains.
  • Very controversial regarding hazardous toxins that are thought to be omitted during fabrication.
  • Costs more than granite.

Granite-In the kitchen and bathrooms where durability and stain resistance is of the utmost importance, the resilience of granite makes it a practical choice. No other material lasts longer or looks more elegant. Not only is granite easy to clean and maintain, the price has also become affordable relative to manmade materials.

  • Scratch resistant
  • Stain Resistant if sealed properly
  • Low maintenance
  • Natural
  • Wide selection of colors and patterns
  • Heat Resistant
  • Sealing is recommended for maintenance once a year. This prevents potential stains from oil and wine.
  • Hard Surface, if you drop a glass on it, the glass would break.


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