Ask the Granite Expert – Arlen Jalbert
If you are looking for a stylish, low maintenance, durable way to make your kitchen look fabulous, granite is the ultimate choice. Granite can really turn a regular kitchen into something spectacular.
Granite is the most durable of all stones. Its diamond like hardness, makes this unique material the most favorable when choosing high traffic surfaces like kitchens and bathroom counters. Granite can be found to be unique and lively in its range of movements and color schemes, without two stones being identically alike. At the same time granite will come in uniform and constant patterns. Whichever style of granite you choose, there is surely a granite which will fit your kitchen and your personality.
Granite qualifies as impervious to water and is actually less absorbent than some solid surface (plastic) products. Granite is commonly used as building material for high-rise buildings do to its ability to withstand gale force winds and rain.
Granite is resistant to stains. Generally, any liquid spilled on a granite top, if wiped up within a few minutes will not stain. However, even water can soak into a granite countertop and leave a dark colored spot but this will evaporate in minutes. Liquids that do not evaporate, such as oils will cause stains if left to soak into the stone. For peace of mind we seal all our countertops.
While this may not be true of marble, granite will shine years from now just as if it was brand new. Granite is highly scratch resistant and will not show wear from daily use.
Granite is heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans without damage. Impact from a heavy object may chip granite but heat from anything short of a blowtorch will not affect your counter top.
Granites are composed of a variety of minerals, each of which has specific performance properties. The hardest mineral commonly found in granite is quartz, which is normally a somewhat translucent, white to grey colored mineral. Call 403-528-4821 for more information!