At Granite Kings, we want you to be aware of the features and benefits of using natural materials such as granite, quartz and marble for your home or project. Granite has become the countertop of choice for today's kitchen designers. Synthetic solid surface materials are no match for the richness, depth, and stellar performance of real granite. Granite is a coarse grained crystalline igneous rock composed primarily of quartz and feldspar. It forms from slowly cooling magma (silicate melt) that is subjected to extreme pressures deep beneath the earth's surface.
Unlike laminates and solid-surface materials, a hot frying pan has no effect on granite's mirror like finish. The diamond-like hardness of granite makes it virtually impervious to abrasions, stains, and extreme heat.
Most important: by choosing a granite or quartz countertop and island, you not only give your kitchen timeless performance and beauty, it adds to its overall value.
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Uses for Granite
Granite is mainly used for kitchen counter top, vanity countertops, tub surrounds and seats, full walls, tables, and fireplaces.
Granite slabs are 58" to 74" high by 108" to 124" long by 2 to 3cm thick. The ideal size for kitchen counter & vanity tops. All slabs vary in these ranges and should be checked before specifying height or length.
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Granite's Natural Characteristics
Every stone is different in pattern and colour. Granite has natural characteristics which are unique to each stone such as veins, fissures (which are natural cracks in the granite), pits (which resemble tiny holes), and blotches.
Care and Maintenance
Granite countertops are sealed before installation. However, granite needs to be resealed once a year unless an everyday granite cleaner is used which has a minimal amount of sealer already in it. This means you are sealing your counters every time you use the product.
Harsh chemical cleaners such as Lysol®, Windex®, and bleach should never be used on granite counters. Mild dish soap or a granite cleaner or revitalizer should be used when cleaning your counters.
Still have questions about using and caring for granite in your home? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. We are looking forward to assisting you with all of your granite needs, call today for a free estimate.