- Is it necessary to seal stone?
All unsealed stone, even granite, is porous to some degree and absorbs stains over time.
Some stones are more porous than others, so it is important to use a penetrating sealer to prevent oil, wine, or other liquid stains from soaking into the surface.
Consult with your fabricator for more information on natural stone sealers.
- Does granite stain?
In general, no. Yet although granite has very little porosity, all stone is porous to some extent.
Most granite colours never show any moisture but a few may show some moisture if exposed for an extended period.
For example, in a very few colours a puddle of water left on the counter for 30 minutes may show a dark spot when the water is wiped away, but when the spot is dry again no evidence will show.
- Can my granite top be damaged?
Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite.
Because of its crystalline structure, granite may chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. Unsealed granite may absorb stains such as oil, which may ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration.
Granite is nearly impervious to heat damage and under normal circumstances, heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect granite.
- Can hotpots damage my granite counter top?
Granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure combined beneath the earth's crust.
Heat from a cook top or frying pan won't affect your granite counter-top. Even a lit flame placed under the granite will have no melting effect and will not leave any burned or scarred marks.
- How is granite formed?
Granite is an igneous rock of visible crystalline formation and texture, composed primarily of feldspar, quartz, and mica. Granite begins as liquid magma deep within the earth's core, where it's cooled and compressed over millions of years under tons of pressure.
- Will my slab look like the online samples
The samples you see online are scanned photographs and as such, colour tones may differ from true.
Variations in computer monitors, monitor resolutions and browser displays may also alter the original colours of the online samples.
Additionally, consider that granite is a natural material with naturally occurring variations in colour, tone, granularity and pattern. These unique differences are the source of each stone's natural beauty.