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What is granite?

Granite is an igneous rock formed from the slow crystallization of magma below the Earth's surface. The material is composed mainly of quartz and feldspar with minor amounts of mica, amphibious, and other minerals. It is naturally hard, stain-resistant, and scratch resistant. Granite has a rich beauty that few other countertop materials can match. It is a natural product with a timeless aura and appeal, and can easily become the centerpiece of your room. With the very many colors and styles, you can find one that complements your kitchen and style perfectly. 

Details about its resistance

Granite is a very hard substance that is not easily susceptible to scratches. While it is not ideal to cut directly on your granite surface (because it will dull your knife!), it will take daily wear and tear very well. While these counters are super durable, a heavy object dropped on the corner may crack or chip the granite. This is uncommon but may happen under the right circumstances.

MAINTENANCE: It is recommended that you seal your granite countertops yearly (or follow factory instructions on the sealer you use). Although many granite tops can go 10 years without being sealed, when it is overlooked too long, most granite will start to show signs of wear and tear. Cleaning is a breeze, a simple wipe with soapy water is the best way to clean your granite, or use a cleaner that is designed for natural stone. Avoid cleaners with ammonia or citrus on natural stone.

HEAT RESISTANCE: Granite resists heat, too, so use in the kitchen is ideal. It can tolerate very high temperatures without damage, but it is always recommended that you use a trivet when putting hot items directly on the surface.

STAIN RESISTANCE: Your granite counter is very resistant to stains. A sealer will help prevent stains by keeping liquids from absorbing. If you notice water or other liquids absorbing on the surface, it may be time to reapply the sealer.

WEATHER/UV RESISTANCE: Granite is a great option for outdoor applications. Being exposed to the elements, it is likely that signs of wear & tear will appear faster. It is important to keep up with a sealer to prevent your countertop from absorbing moisture. It is recommended that you keep a cover over your outdoor countertop while not in use, and a shelter structure over your countertop is ideal. And remember, stone can get very hot when in the sun all day (especially dark colors), so it helps to offer it some shade with an umbrella or other coverage.

Where can I use granite?

Granite is an excellent choice for kitchen countertops, floors, and other heavily used surfaces.

How do I take care of granite?

Care of granite involves only periodic washing with clean water and neutral detergent soap. Rinse, remove all traces of soap, and apply the sealer, at least 1 time per year.

Educational information extracted from Elemar New England

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