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Granites are composed of quartz, feldspars and micas and traces of a wide variety of other minerals. Granite is formed by hardening of these molten components when they cool in the earth's crust. The color and texture of the various granites are influenced by the presence of trace minerals present in the stone. The crystal size evident in the granite is partially determined by cooling rate. A slow cooling process results in larger crystal size and faster cooling produces finer grained granites.
Granite can be obtained with polished, honed, or flamed surfaces. Polished granite has a shiny, mirror-like surface. Honed granite has a matte or satin finish. Flamed granite is produced by applying very high heat to the surface. The heat fractures some of the crystals and creates a deeply textured surface. Due to its coarser surface, flamed granite is useful outdoors and can also be as an accent material in a polished granite floor.
A huge selection of patterns and colors makes granite one of the most versatile, durable, and low maintenance of all stones. Granite is one of the hardest and densest substances on earth, making it ideal for kitchen countertops.
Like any other countertop material, if cleaned regularly and properly, granite poses no health or sanitation problems. In fact, some studies have shown Granite is second only to stainless steel in lowest bacteria counts when used as a countertop material. All other resin and concrete based countertops scored very poorly in terms of sanitation.
Granite is a porous material and therefore it is subject to staining if not maintained properly. Granite is very dense and resistant to stains if spills are removed relatively quickly. If a spill is left overnight, especially if the liquid is grease, oil, coffee, or wine, the granite will usually darken. Stains usually can be removed by use of a poultice. A sealer is applied during the fabrication process which further reduces the chance of staining. We recommend that you reseal your granite twice a year.
Granite is a very dense material and under normal usage is extremely chip and scratch resistant. As granite is one of the hardest materials on earth, scratches are very unlikely. Chips can occur if the surface or edges are abused with very heavy objects, such as dropping a heavy cast iron frying pan, but are unlikely if reasonable care is used. Granite is unaffected by temperature ranges typically found in a kitchen. Hot pots and pans can be placed directly on it without damage.
Granite slabs are limited in size by practicality. Quarrying, shipping, and handling issues place finite limits on the workable size of a slab. Often the raw slabs may not be large enough for the entire run of the countertop. Additionally, transportation and installation issues at the jobsite may limit finished piece size. As a result seams in the material are necessary. However, seams are very tight and filled with a clear or colored epoxy and are designed in a manner that minimizes (but may not eliminate) their visibility. While your granite countertop may have a seam, the beauty of the stone, and the functionality of your new countertop will far outweigh the appearance of any seams.
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Next to diamond, sapphire, and ruby, granite is the hardest natural product on earth. Once polished, natural granite will maintain its high gloss virtually forever. Normal use of kitchen knives, cutlery, and cookware leaves no scratches. Heat has almost no effect on natural granite, making it much safer than synthetic surfaces with polyesters and resins. Pots and pans heated to 900 degrees Fahrenheit will not dull natural granite's lustrous finish, but the use of trivets is recommended to keep your granite counter clean.
Granite is a highly dense material and relatively porous so it can get stained if a spill is not cleaned quickly. Sealing the surface with a water-based sealant is therefore recommended to protect the granite from water patches and stains. Sealing can be done once a year or once every two years depending on the usage of the surface.

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