Top 10 Granite Concerns

by Dhruv Kar
Nov 02, 2018

Top 10 Granite Concerns: Answered by Experts at Stoneland.

1. Can granite chip or crack?

Granite is extremely hard and can easily handle normal use. It can chip if you drop something on it, especially near an edge, and crack from poor installation or handling. But with proper care, your granite countertop will last until you decide to remove it.

2. Can granite be repaired?

You can easily repair minor chips or cracks in your granite countertops using resin or a chip repair kit. You will need to re-polish any repaired spaces, but with a small investment, your counter can be easily returned to its original state.

3. Can granite be used outside?

Yes, as long as you protect your granite from the weather. Direct sunlight can make dark colors hot to the touch, and freezing temperatures will make the natural stone expand and contract, especially around sinks. But granite is a durable and beautiful outdoor kitchen option.

4. Can granite fade or turn yellow?

Natural granite stone will not fade or yellow in the sun. Granite slabs treated with dyes or resins can fade or darken over time. Avoid this problem by working with a reputable supplier and sealing your countertops regularly.

5. Can granite be polished?

Granite countertops are made by polishing slabs of natural rock to a variety of finishes. Over time, the finish can dull, so you may need to polish (and reseal) your countertop to restore it to its original state.

For more information or to see your granite options, visit our nearest showroom.

6. Can granite get stained?

Unsealed or poorly sealed granite will absorb stains over time. Granite needs to be sealed regularly, but if you do so, your countertops will be highly stain-resistant.

7. Can granite scratch easily?

Granite resists scratches better than most other countertop options. A sharp knife can damage the seal, but you are more likely to dull your knife on the granite than damage the granite with your knife.

8. Can granite take high heat or cold?

Granite is incredibly heat resistant. You will not burn or damage your countertop by setting a hot pan down on it (though using trivets is recommended). As a natural stone, granite can easily withstand heat and cold.

9. Is granite non-porous?

Granite is very porous. Unsealed, it will absorb food stains or even harbor bacteria. However, if you purchase from a reputable supplier like Stoneland and regularly maintain your countertops, your granite will be well-protected.

10. Will bleach hurt granite? Will vinegar ruin granite?

Avoid using vinegar on granite. You can wash sealed granite with a diluted bleach solution, but it is not necessary. Sealed granite is protected from bacteria, so clean daily with warm soapy water and occasionally disinfect with a water/isopropyl alcohol solution.

Granite is a beautiful countertop option. Make an appointment to visit our nearest showroom, and let us help you design the perfect granite countertop for your home.