Why choose granite counter tops over synthetic materials?

Granite has become today’s counter top of choice for architects, cabinetmakers, kitchen designers and contractors. A granite counter top is virtually impervious to abrasions, stains and extreme heat. Additionally, the inherent qualities of granite, its color, and patterns are unique. There is nothing better for green building than using the natural resources from our earth.

Does granite stain?

In general, no it does not. All stone is porous to some extent; however granite has very little porosity relative to other stones. Most granite colors will never show moisture but some colors will show a dark spot if a puddle of liquid is left on the counter for a period of 30 minutes of more. The spot will eventually dry up and evidence will show. At Flintstone it is our policy to seal every stone surface we install and we recommend the application of a sealer every six months to one year to assure protection against any oils or water that may have sat on the surface of the stone for any length of time

How do I clean and maintain granite?

Granite needs to be cleaned with any non-abrasive material. These products will loose their finish if cleaned with an abrasive cleaner. Low PH cleaners such as mild dish detergent and warm water are the best cleaners. It is a best practice to wipe up spills immediately. Around cook top areas dish washing detergents that cut grease are good to use to cut grease accumulation. You can use granite cleaners as well.

maintain the luster of your granite and keep a protective barrier, Flintstone recommends 6 month sealing for lighter stones and moderate cooking/8-12 month sealing on dark stones and moderate cooking. Applying a sealer is very simple. Pour sealer onto the granite surface and spread evenly working in moderate sections at a time. What you will notice is that the stone will absorb the sealer where needed and the surface will remain wet where it is not needed. Within 15-20 minutes spread the wet areas to the dry areas with a paper towel. After another 15 minutes, buff dry with a paper towel. If after several hours the counter top has a tacky feel, you may wash the counter with warm water and buff dry with a paper towel. It is highly recommended that when applying sealer use latex gloves and have the room well ventilated. Please read all warning labels on the can. We recommend Sprint sealer from Italy.

How do I know if I need to seal my granite?

One method you can use to check if your granite needs to be resealed is to sprinkle some water on your counter tops. If the water soaks into the stone and does not bead up, then we would recommend resealing your granite.

Why does the color and same named granite look different lot to lot?

Granite is an organic substance and just as no two people are exactly alike, no two samples of granite will be either. The composition of minerals and the deposit it was quarried from all play a part in the appearance of granite. At Flintstone after selecting a sample, our customers can select the exact block of stone from which we fabricate their surface. Note: Each block of stone is numbered and ordered into lots. This assures you that your slabs come from the same block and quarry.

Does granite have a completely smooth surface?

No. Many types of granite contain pits and fissures that are natural characteristics of granite. Some granites exhibit these characteristics more than others, and the lighting of the room can make these marks more or less visible. These characteristics should be pointed out to the client prior to deciding on a particular material and per-approval of the actual slab is recommended.

Is granite really scratch resistant, won’t chip, crack or ding?

Granite is a very dense material and under normal conditions it is chip and scratch resistant. However, pots, pans and other heavy objects may chip the square edge around a sink area. Several other edge profiles are available that will look beautiful and reduce the chances of chipping.

Can granite be repaired?

While it is difficult to permanently repair granite, it is also very difficult to damage it. However, if some damage does occur, granite usually can be repaired by a mix of epoxy and ground up chips of granite. At Columbus Granite and Marble we offer repair services.

Can I set hot pans on granite countertops?

Yes, Granite is ideal for kitchens because under normal conditions it will not burn. Granite will not be harmed by hot pots, pans or open flames.

Is it hard to care for a granite countertop?

Not at all. In fact, you’ll wish everything were this easy. See our stone care section for more details.

Are all granite kitchen counters a high gloss finish?

No, there are several different finishes you can order; the highly polished finish is just the most popular. There is a process called “honing” that gives the stone a more matte finish yet retains its smooth feel.

I’ve heard of "high movement" stone. What is it?

Sometimes called “grain in the stone,” “movement” is veins that swirl and change irregularly in granite due to the massive forces at work on it beneath the surface of the earth during the eons it took to form. “Movement” is also affected by trace amounts of other minerals such as hornblende, magnetite, hematite, pyrite, zircon, garnet and corundum. Many people find this flow of blending colors to be the most attractive and compelling quality about granite.

Does the origination of my granite affect the price?

Very little. Prices are more affected by the supply and demand placed upon the quarry. You’ll find that red and blue tones are a bit higher priced than other colors due to their lack of abundance.

How heavy is granite?

3 cm granite weighs approximately 21 lbs – 24 lbs per square foot and 2 cm granite weighs approximately 15 lbs. per square foot. Granite is easily supported by standard floor and cabinet systems. For safety requirements, pieces weighing more than 550 lbs. may require a seam.