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Care & Warranty

Taking Care Of Your Countertop

No matter what countertop you have in your office or home, proper use and care should be taken to ensure that your have a countertop that serves you for years and always looks it’s best. Below you will find links to the particular types of countertops and the specific care that should be taken of each.

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is granite?
  • Why choose granite counter tops over synthetic materials?
  • Does granite need to be sealed to avoid staining?
  • My granite kitchen counter top doesn´t look exactly like my sample. Why?
  • Is granite really scratch resistant?
  •  Is it true granite won´t chip, crack or ding?
  • Is it hard to care for a granite countertop?
  • Are all granite kitchen counters a high gloss finish?
  • What´s the difference between a drop-in sink and an undermount sink?
  • I´ve heard of “high movement” stone. What is it?
  • Does where my granite originate from affect the price?

What is Granite?
Granite is the most durable stone used today in the building trades. Granite is igneous rock that is composed mainly of quartz, graphite, mica and trace minerals. It is granite’s beauty and versatility that makes it one of the most popular of all the stones used in homes and offices today. Granite is ideal for tiling floors, wall adornment and countertops, as well as for exterior applications such as pavers and wall cladding. Granite is found all over the world. Some of the more popular and exotic colors come from quarries in Brazil, India, Finland, North America, China and Southern Africa. New deposits of granite are found each year further enhancing the color choices that are available to you.

Why choose granite counter tops over synthetic materials?
Granite, when used as a countertop is virtually impervious to cuts, stains and extreme heat. Granite is porous which lends itself to staining but the superior sealers that are available today make this a non issue.  Additionally, the vast qualities of granite as noted in its color, patterns and shades make it a perfect material for coordinating to go with any decor.

Does granite need to be sealed to avoid staining?
Yes, as mentioned above, granite is porous and does need to be sealed in order to keep staining fluids from making it’s way into the finish. This is why it is our policy to apply sealer to every granite countertop we install. We also recommend that sealer be applied to your countertop every six months to ensure protection against any oils or water that may come in contact with the surface during everyday use.

My granite kitchen counter top doesn’t look exactly like my sample. Why?
Granite’s composition is such that there will be variations from slab to slab. Sometimes these variations occur from one end of a slab to another. This is part of what makes granite so beautiful.  The mix of minerals in granite all play a part in the appearance of the stone. At AAA Countertops, after selecting a sample, we then have our customers select the actual block of stone we use to make their countertop.

Is granite really scratch resistant?
Yes, the minerals that make up your granite countertop are almost as hard as diamonds. We don’t recommend it, but even if in the course of daily use, you cut down directly on your countertop, you will not mar the finish.

Is it true granite won’t chip, crack or ding?
Granite will not chip, crack or ding under normal use. You could take a hammer and chisel to it and do some damage, but for normal household or office use, you will find that it is pretty much there to stay just as it is. What we do with your slab in order to get it cut, edged and installed will be the most stressful thing done to your countertop. If it makes it thru all that (and it will do that just fine) then it will surely be able to take most anything you have to throw at it in the kitchen.

Is it hard to care for a granite countertop?
No, granite is very easy to keep looking like it did when it was installed for many years after the installation.  Just use a common use common sense in what you use to wipe it down when cleaning. Simple rules like “don’t use sandpaper” to clean your countertop, or “don’t use industrial acids” should help you keep your countertop looking just fine.

Are all granite kitchen counters a high gloss finish?
No, there are several different types of finishes for a granite countertop. A polished finish is probably the most popular. There is a process called “honing” that gives the stone a  matte finish while retaining a smooth feel that is popular as well.

What’s the difference between a drop-in sink and an undermount sink?
A drop-in sink will have an edge that sits on top of the sink cutout. This type of sink will require caulking to seal and waterproof where it sits on the countertop. An undermount sink uses the actual countertop as the edge of your sink. It is simply a matter of individual taste as to which one you should choose for your sink.
I’ve heard of “high movement” stone. What is it?
“High Movement” refers to the swirl and color changes that you see in many slabs of granite. These swirls are the result of the pressures, heat and the minerals that were present when the stone was formed. For many, this flow of blending colors are what makes granite so attractive.

Does where my granite originate from affect the price?
The price of granite is more affected by the supply and demand placed upon the quarry.  Some quarries have stone of a particular color or “movement” that for some reason or other are in higher demand than others.  Certain color granite with red and blue tones are often higher in price simply because there is not as much of it that is found and mined.