There is usually very little granite left over from a cutout – the piece(s) that are left are irregularly shaped and need to be cut and polished. There may be other scraps available that may be suitable for something like a small cutting board – although there is a charge to fabricate these pieces to make them suitable for use. Beware: these granite pieces are heavy and can also scratch your new tops.
Knives can be used to cut on granite, but it will dull your knives.
Granite does not crack with ordinary use. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during fabrication, shipping and installation. Granite will not flex like laminate and solid surface tops. Do not stand on or next to the sink, cooktop cutouts, or unsupported overhangs – as too much stress or weight applied to the stone may cause it to break.
Granite is one of the hardest stones available. It is extremely difficult to scratch, and should not scratch with normal use. Marble, travertine, some basalts are softer than granite and can scratch. Marble is not recommended for use as a kitchen countertop.
Generally, granite does not stain. All stone is porous to some extent, but granite has very little porosity. A few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact, which may cause the stone to appear darker. Usually, no evidence remains when the liquid is removed and the granite dries. The granite products are sealed prior to or during installation to help prevent staining – however, this process does not make the stone impervious to liquid.
Granite will not chip under normal use, although a heavy object hitting a square countertop edge could chip out a small bit of granite. If this should occur, the chip can be filled.
Samples are not true representations of the entire slab. We will have you look at your actual slab when the stone arrives or you can visit our suppliers warehouse. It should be noted that one end of the slab may be lighter or darker than the other, which may result in seams that do not perfectly match. Although some may view this color difference as being a disadvantage, this is part of natural stone’s inherent beauty, and it is our goal to match the seams to make the best match possible.
The visibility of seams will vary depending on the coloration of the stone. Granites with sweeping color movements will have more visible seams. The stone slabs are usually no larger than 115″ x 72″ which makes seams inevitable. In addition, stone thickness may vary, which can result in seams that are not perfectly flat. Our goal is to minimize seams, maximize use of material, and create a well-balanced “piece of art”.
Seams are glued together using a polyester epoxy glue. We utilize “Gorilla Grips” to pull the pieces together and level the seam.