• Do granite counter tops absorb.
Granite qualifies as impervious to water because it is a less absorbent product versus a solid surface (plastic) product. Granite is commonly used as building material for high rise buildings, due to its ability to withstand strong winds and rain
• Granite countertops stain easily.
Granite counter tops have a high resistance to stains. Generally, any liquid spilled on a granite top, if wiped up within a few minutes, will not stain. Even water can soak into a granite countertop and leave a dark coloured spot, but this will usually evaporate within minutes. Liquids that do not evaporate, such as oils, will cause stains if left to soak into the stone.
• Stains in granite countertops are permanent.
Most stains are removable from granite counters even oil stains, which can usually be removed using a poultice or paste that will draw out the oil from the stone. However, the longer the stain is on the countertop, the greater the chances that staining may occur.
• Granite countertops require a lot of maintenance.
Routine cleaning of your countertops with mild soap and water is all that is generally required. However, a re¬application of a penetrating sealer should be performed (how often depends on the colour of the stone), and should only takes about five minutes.
• Heat will cause granite countertops to chip and crack.
Granite counters are heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans without damage. Impact from a heavy object may chip the granite, but heat from anything short of a blowtorch will not affect your countertop.
• Granite and marble countertops are essentially the same.
Besides the fact that they are both natural stones, granite and marble are otherwise very different. Marble is generally a calicoes stone, formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite, however, is an igneous rock, essentially molten magma, which cools and then hardens below the earth’s surface.
• Can we see the slab(s) you will use on our project before you cut them?
Yes, we encourage this and in many cases insist on it. We are also happy to show you the template layout on your slabs if you would like. This is especially important on movement types of stone, and this process is called layout review.
• What is “movement”?
This is a term to describe granite and marble that has directional veining in it. A piece is said to have no movement, a little, or lots of movement.
• Does Luxury Granite, “book match” their countertops?
Yes. This provides the best appearance possible on the finished product.
• What is “book matching”?
This is where we use two slabs that are mirror images of each other, in order to make seams flow using the natural features as much as possible. We are able to line up crystal structure and veins to help hide the appearance of a seam.
• What is “lamination”?
This is when we cut a strip of the same material, and glue it on the bottom of the countertop in order to give it a thicker and more substantial look.
• What is “mitering”?
This is when we cut the top edge of the countertop at a 45 degree angle, and then do the same with a piece that is glued to the top, Thus hiding the joint and allowing us to thicken the edge to the desired size.
• How thick are Luxury Granite Countertops?
Granite is 1 1/4” (30mm) thick. Quartz comes in 3/4” (20 mm), 1 1/4” (30mm) or 3/4” Laminated to 1 1/2″ thicknesses