There is no doubt that you have heard about granite countertops. Granite is a popular stone to use for kitchens and bathrooms. However, with popularity come negative comments. Some of these are true while others are not. How do you know the facts that are fictional and what you should believe?
Here are some of the most common statements that are simply not true.
- Granite requires constant maintenance to keep looking new.
To keep granite looking new the only work that is needed daily is to wipe it down with soap and water where there is a mess.
- Granite is heat resistant.
This one is true, with some restrictions. When sealant is used on the stone the sealant itsself can have a reaction when heat is placed on it. It can get damaged or change in color, making the stone look damaged.
- You should reseal granite one to two times a year.
With proper care and maintenance, you will not need to reseal that often, if at all. The way to check if your granite needs to be resealed is to put drops on water on it. If the stone repels the water it is fine and does not need resealing. If the granite absorbs the water and turns darker then it is time to reseal.
- Granite is durable and hard, making it unable to chip.
This is true but there are some false concepts here as well. If a very hard object is dropped on it, the granite can chip a little. This is true with any stone. If not installed correctly it can also chip and crack.
- The darker the granite the harder the stone.
The color does not affect how hard the stone is. The only difference in color is where the stone is found in nature.
- There are tiny pores where bacteria can fester and grow.
Bacteria is found everywhere and any countertop you have will grow bacteria. The best way to avoid it is to use anti-bacterial cleaner.
- Granite emits a cancer causing gas called radon.
This is true, however it is exaggerated. The amount of radon emitted is very small. In fact, granite emits an even smaller amount than other sources of radon around the home that you don’t even hear about.
- Granite is absorbent.
Granite is impervious to water. The water can get under the sealer of the countertop and make the granite change color simply because the stone is getting wet.
- Granite can stain easily.
One of the selling points about granite surfaces is that they are stain resistant. With soap and water even dark hard to get out stains can be wiped away.
- Marble and granite are the same kind of rock.
Marble is a metamorphic rock form composed of coarse crystals from parent limestone or dolostone rocks. Pure marble is white and composed of the mineral calcite. (Georgia State University) while “granite is a common type of intrusive, felsic, igneous rock which is granular and phaneritic in texture. This rock consists mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar.” (Wikipedia) They are completely different stones.
Once you know the truth, it is easy to see that this stone is great for your countertops. Now the only challenge is picking out the color that will fit best in your home.