Every kitchen remodel requires careful planning and much consideration, especially when it comes to materials. If you’re thinking about using granite but still have questions about whether or not it is right for you, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about this remarkable stone.
What is Granite?
Granite is a natural. It is composed of several large, tightly packed mineral grains. Feldspar and Quartz are the primary components and they are much harder than steel, which is why it is a popular building material. A combination of minor elements like Biotite and Muscovite can give granite a glittery appearance.
Why is Granite a popular choice?
Granite is a beautiful stone rapidly becoming the top kitchen countertop material because of both its natural beauty and superior durability. By upgrading to granite you are adding value to your home. Granite is heat, scratch and stain resistant. It is so durable it will outlast the life of the home. Nearly maintenance free and best of all, it is more affordable than people think.
Is granite high maintenance?
The fact is, granite countertops require next to no maintenance. All you need do is clean them with mild soap and warm water, which is likely exactly how you are maintaining the countertops you currently have.
Does heat damage granite?
One of the best things about granite is it can withstand very high temperatures. If you place hot pans or a hot kettle on them, no problem. It will not cause any damage to the granite or compromise it’s color or stability.
Do knives scratch granite?
Although I would personally recommend using cutting boards for food prep, primarily for sanitary reasons, knives cannot scratch true granite. Diamond is reported to be the only thing harder than granite. In 1812 a German geologist and mineralogist developed a scale for rating the density of minerals and it was dubbed the Mohs scale. Diamond is a 10 on this scale which is the peak. Granite falls at 7-9 on this scale dependent upon the minerals it consists of. It is important to check and ensure the Granite you choose is the right type. The professionals at Elegant Granite and Marble will help you choose the right material.
Is granite expensive?
Granite is now less expensive than ever due to its abundance and new technologies. There has never been a better time to move to this wonderful stone!