Facts about Granite Countertops
Part 3 of 3- Durability and Seams.
When choosing a countertop for your kitchen, there are a lot of factors to consider. If granite is a choice that you’re considering here are some facts that you should know prior to making your decision.
- Heat Resistance. Granite countertops are one of the most heat-resistant countertops on the market. When you take a hot pan out of the oven, if you must you can place it directly on your countertop surface, however we do recommend the use of a trivet whenever placing a hot pot or pan on your new granite countertop.
- Scratch Resistance. Very few minerals are able to scratch granite, most granites make a very hard work surface. There are some exceptions to this. You can cut on it, but it isn’t recommended since this will dull your knives and possibly leave a metal residue behind that can be difficult to remove.
- Seams. In a typical kitchen, granite countertops will need to have 1-2 seams. Depending on the color you choose, the size of raw slabs will vary. Most islands that are 10 feet by 5 feet in size or less can be done seamless if the entrance to the home doesn’t restrict access. If you have an L or U shaped layout, expect seams where the countertops angle in a different direction. The good news is that we have all the latest equipment to allow us to make seams look quite inconspicuous. The quality of a seam can be effected by many factors including but not limited to lighting, unlevel cabinets, type of granite.
Can I put hot pots and pans directly on my granite or quartz countertop?
We do not recommend placing your hot cookware directly onto the countertop; the extreme heat could damage the sealer that is on your granite top. The heating of a quartz top changes the composition of the polymer therefore altering the colour. Our recommendation is that you always use a cloth or trivet under hot cookware.
Can I chop directly on my stone counter top?
You are able to chop on your stone counter top however it is not recommended. Your stone countertops are harder than stainless steel and because of this your knives will dull quickly, more so than it would on a cutting board.
What are some other applications of granite and quartz besides kitchen and vanity tops?
We can manufacture things like full wall back splash, barbecue areas, shower thresholds, home bar tops and much more. Your imagination is the limit to what we can create.
I am thinking of getting more stone for my kitchen at a later date. Will you still have my colour when the time comes?
Most likely we will still have your colour in stock. However many factors are out of our control such as a quarry closing or suppliers discontinuing quartz colours. If your colour is available there is also a chance of mismatching slabs. Quartz is man-made and there could be a slight variance from batch to batch. Granite slabs vary due to where the slab comes from in the quarry. Each lot we receive is different and unique.