ABOUT GRANITE

How is granite formed?

Granite is an igneous rock of visible crystalline formation and texture. It is composed primarily of feldspar, quartz and mica. It begins as liquid magma deep within the earth’s core, where it is cooled and compressed over many years under tons of pressure. It is then quarried, cut and polished for various applications.

Can my granite top be stained?

Granite itself is approximately 95-98% stain resistant. Also, Olympia Stone uses an impregnating sealer on all our stone, which ensures lasting life and beauty.

Can I set a hot pot on my granite countertop?

Granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure combined beneath the earth’s crust. It cannot 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 burn or scar marks.

Can granite chip?

Only in cases of severe abuse with a hammer or impact tool. If the countertop does chip, it can easily be filled with granite dust and epoxy.

Do granite seams show?

Because granite is a natural material and is mined from the quarry in blocks usually no more than 10' long, it is often necessary to seam countertops to reduce costs and utilize slabs effectively. The seams are joined with epoxy that is mixed with a color that matches the stone. Then, the joined area is smoothed, leaving only a very thin line. Most customers have found that the beauty of natural granite outweighs the concern of seams.

Does granite have any pits or fissures?

Granite has pits and fissures that are part of the stone’s natural structure. Pits can be minimized by applying sealer to the surface of the stone.

Can granite be repaired?

It is very hard to damage granite. If damage does occur, the stone can be sealed with a mixture of epoxy and granite dust.

 

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