Fast Facts about Granite Countertops

November 16, 2018 pgallagher 0 Comments

Granite is natural stone, formed by the slow melting of continental rocks near Earth’s subduction zones. The slow cooling forms visible crystals of granite, mainly feldspar mica and quartz. Minor amounts of other minerals determine the color and variations of the granite. The colliding of continental plates forces the rock to the surface where it is then blasted from rock quarries. The large blocks are then cut into smaller portions to be used for countertops. During the mining process the colors that go together are sorted, enabling a large surround or countertop and backsplash to match.

Characteristics of Granite

A countertop made of granite is very strong and can withstand temperatures up to 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit. Although granite is porous with tiny pits, they won’t affect the strength of your countertop. Another common characteristic of granite is called fissures. The streaks in granite are actually fissures, but they don’t weaken the granite either. They give the granite countertop its interesting beauty. Granite is very strong, but your countertop can be damaged or chipped if large or heavy objects fall on it. A minute amount of radon is found in granite, just as it is found coming up through the soil. It’s not enough to register on a radon scale, so don’t worry about using granite for your kitchen or bathroom countertops.

Granite Countertops

Beauty and many color selections, along with the durability make countertops a popular way to go. The bathroom countertops options are almost endless. If you decide to sell your house, the sleek, rich, look of granite will also attract buyers. Kitchen and bathroom countertops come in different thicknesses. Granite weighs 12.8 pounds per square foot for a 3/4-inch slab used in a bathroom, and 18 pounds per square foot for a 1 1/4-inch slab used for a kitchen countertop. Granite countertops are low-maintenance, needing resealing annually. Cutting on your granite countertop will dull your knives, so always use a chopping block or pad. Acidic cleaners or foods will eat away at the countertop’s finish. Don’t use abrasives but clean your granite countertops with a mild dish soap and warm water.

Contact the granite experts at Impact Countertops for your countertop installation in Roswell, GA.

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