Because they are natural stones, marble and granite possess a remarkable natural beauty that has captivated humans throughout the ages. Consumers who are less acquainted with natural stone expect the stone ordered to be identical to the picture or sample they were shown. Although sample stones are intended to be representative of the quarry’s product, the material quarried at one time may differ slightly in color and veining from the sample. Moreover, even a single marble or granite slab will possess a certain amount of color variation from one end to the other. Interior designers and architects have come to view this tendency of natural stone as a positive element in creating a unique design for the customer.
Marble is best used for bathroom vanities and fireplace surrounds. Although both are quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx, and travertine) are very different from each other. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures and is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals. On the other hand, marble starts out as sediment (animal skeletons, shells, plant matter, silt) at the bottom of bodies of water. After millions of years, the sediment solidifies (or lithifies) into stone. Marble's main component is calcium making it sensitive to acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages. Therefore, marble is not suggested for use in kitchens or high-use areas.
In a word, yes. In a recent study performed for the retail food industry, granite and stainless steel performed significantly better than four other countertop materials. The minerals in granite are toxic to bacteria; as a result, a granite surface is not a habitable environment for bacteria to live and grow on.
Only if you want to ruin your good knives. Granite is harder than your knife blades and will dull them very quickly-so we suggest using a wooden or plastic cutting board.
Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. Unsealed granite may absorb oils and greases which can discolor or stain your surface. Heat from pots, pans, or burning liquids will not affect your granite under normal circumstances.
If your surface exceeds the length of a granite slab, it is necessary to join the two slabs with a seam. Once we review the cabinet layout, our team of estimators will identify any necessary seams and explain the seam placement to you. Granite has natural veining and color sometimes dictating the seam placements. Cabinet support, overhang, and design features can also contribute to the need for seams.
By combining advanced cutting equipment with well-trained installers, we provide the cleanest seams available. Our team will minimize the number of seams required and gladly show you the proposed location of seams in your project. All of our seams are hard epoxy bonded.