In recent years the price of granite countertops has dropped to a level competitive with man-made countertop products. As a result, man-made countertop producers are feeling competitive pressures and a few of their representatives are supplying the consumer with false information about the properties of granite. In addition to information provided here, we encourage you to perform your own research and come to your own conclusions.
Granite and other granite-like stones are formed of hard minerals such as quartz, feldspar and mica, which were fused together under intense heat and pressure into a very hard stone ideal for kitchen counters because its polish is resistant to household acids such as citrus and vinegar and is hard enough to resist scratching from knives and pots and pans.
Yes, granite is both heat and scratch resistant. Granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure, combined beneath the earths crust. It can not be affected by heat from a cook top or frying pan. A lit flame placed under the granite will have no melting effect and will not leave any burned or scarred marks. In addition, granite is harder than your knife blades and will dull them quickly if you use the countertop as a cutting surface. Always cut on a cutting board. Granite, hot pots & stains.
While some types of granite can stain, the granite provided by Show Me Granite will not. Prior to the installation of your countertops, we apply a permanent sealer to protect your investment.
Both the Center for Disease Control and The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have found no evidence of such. In a recent study, granite countertops provided the greatest reduction in bacteria count of all materials tested. Six countertop surfaces were contaminated with E. Coli bacteria, then washed & rinsed using dish soap and "normal and reasonable" cleaning practices.
Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. However, it is more impact resistant than almost all other types of countertops and the granite can be repaired.
Granite, which is crystalline in structure, always has tiny pits - spaces between the various mineral crystals. You don't see them on a larger piece because the overall appearance is polished and mirror-like. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure which formed the granite eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material.