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Knives can be used to cut on granite, but it will dull your knives.
Granite does not crack with ordinary use. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during fabrication, shipping and installation. Granite will not flex like laminate and solid surface tops. Do not stand on or next to the sink, cooktop cutouts, or unsupported overhangs – as too much stress or weight applied to the stone may cause it to crack.
Granite is one of the hardest stones available. It is extremely difficult to scratch, but it is not a diamond.
Generally, granite does not stain. All stone is porous to some extent, but granite has very little porosity. A few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact, which may cause the stone to appear darker. Usually, no evidence remains when the liquid is removed and the granite dries. Your countertops are sealed with a 5 year professional grade sealer during installation to help prevent staining – however, this process does not make the stone 100 %impervious to liquid.
Granite will not chip under normal use, although a heavy object hitting a square countertop edge could chip out a small bit of granite. If this should occur, the chip can be filled.
We always cut loose samples from our current stock to be accurate representations of the slab we would use on your job. It’s important to understand that there is natural variation in color tones throughout the slab. Although some may view this color difference as being a disadvantage, this is part of natural stone’s inherent beauty.
With our method, they are practically invisible, but the visibility of seams will vary depending on the coloration of the stone. Granites with sweeping color movements will have more visible seams. The stone slabs are usually no larger than 114″ x 72″ which makes seams inevitable.
Seams are made using a seam setter that pulls them together and levels them too. Our installers use epoxy to fill in between the seam.
Yes, there are a small number of colors with toxic levels, but the industry has identified them and doesn’t sell them anymore to us fabricators.
Yes, we offer a 15 year structural warranty that covers you as long as you don’t stand on top of your countertops or drop a very heavy object on them.