Myths about Granite
Hot pan or pot will cause granite countertops to discolor or crack.
Unlike Quartz countertops (man made surface) that will discolor if you place hot pots on it, granite counters are heat resistant. You can place dishes straight from your oven onto the granite countertop without a problem. The heat from pots and pans won’t cause any damage to a granite countertop.
Granite is expensive
Countertops made from granite are beautiful and long-lasting, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be expensive. Granite counters are usually competitively priced from $30 to $80 per square foot fabricated and installed. Compared to laminate or Corian options, granite lasts a lot longer. That will save you money down the road.
Granite loses its shine
Granite is extremely dense. It is harder than metal and only diamonds are harder than granite. This means that normal household activities don’t come close to producing enough abrasion to dull the surface. Rest assured that your granite countertop will maintain its brand new shine for decades to come. Granite counters are highly scratch resistant and will not show wear from daily use. Compared to Quartz countetops, granite is lot more shiny.
Granite will stain and these stains are permanent
Granite doesn’t stain very easily. Generally, any liquid spilled on a granite top, if wiped up within a few minutes, will not stain. If your granite does end up absorbing a stain (usually from cooking oil), it can be removed using a poultice or paste that will draw out the oil from the stone. As long as you are cleaning up spills on the surface of your countertop, it isn’t likely you will have any problems with stains on your granite countertops. Granite stain resistance vary. Granite colors like Black Absolute, Volga Blue or Blue Pearl are not prone to staining but some exotic colors may be more susceptible to staining, such exotic colors need to be well sealed.
Granite and Marble are basically the same
Granite and marble may both be natural stones, but they are far from the same. Marble is simply limestone rock that has been compressed and/or heated deep within the earth’s crust. Granite, however is a mass of molten rock or magma that rose upward and solidified.
Marble is less resistant to stains and scratches than granite. Marble is also softer and more porous than granite.
Granite requires a lot of maintenance
Routine cleaning of your countertops with mild soap and water is all that is required. Granite countertops do need to be sealed, but that doesn’t mean that the surface is hard to maintain. It is easy to test if your countertop need to be sealted. If water begins to seep into the stone, it’s time to seal it. Applying sealer is very simple. First, spray the sealer over the tops, smooth the sealer with a paper towel and let the sealer dry for 20 minutes. Next, wipe the remains of the sealer with a dry towel. Do not wet the countertops for one day after sealing, water may react with the sealer that wouldn’t be completely dry.
Dark granite is harder that light granite
Color of the granite doesn’t determine the hardness of the stone. Granite is composed mostly of quartz and feldspar, each of which has specific properties. The hardest mineral found in granite is quartz, which is white or transparent mineral consisting of silicon dioxide.