Natural stone can get a bad reputation for being hard to take care of, easily chipped, broken, or cracked. Now, for some natural stones, this can be true. Certain stones are better suited towards decorative purposes, rather than every day, rough and tumble wear and tear. Granite is not one of those stones. Granite is a durable and beautiful stone that is perfectly suited for every day use. Let’s bust some myths about granite!
Myth #1: Granite is hard to maintain
This one is totally false! Granite is actually very easy to maintain. Granite is not a porous stone, so it will not stain or etch. It is possible that oils may leak into the stone after a while, but a purposeful cleaner will pull the oils out of the stone and your countertop will look like new again. Granite is easy to clean if you wipe it down every day with a neutral cleaning solution. It is true that granite, like all natural stone, should be sealed to protect it. Your fabricator will seal the tops for you and all you need to do is use a proper cleaner.
Myth #2: Granite is expensive
While cost is subjective, there are types of granite for every budget. Luxury, popular, and economical types of granite exist in nearly every color. Blue granite tends to be the most luxurious and expensive. It is also rare and is not to every person’s taste. It’s a beautiful stone, to be sure, but uncommon. Types of white and grey granite are in high demand, and there is plenty of it to go around. This granite is more economical and popular. It is ready and easily available, and can transform any kitchen into an elegant, classy, sophisticated space.
MYTH #3: Granite is indestructible
It is true that granite is resistant to chemicals, heat, stains, and scratches, and it is one of the hardest countertop materials available, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t damage it. While it is very difficult to stain granite, it is possible, although it is also possible to remove the stains.
Although scratch resistant, there are many substances that are harder than granite and can scratch it. Abrasive chemical cleaners can cause tiny scratches on the surface of your granite. Cracking and chipping can also occur when something hard hits the granite. The wonderful thing about granite, or any natural stone, is that it is much easier to repair than man made surfaces like quartz.
MYTH #4: Granite and marble are basically the same
This couldn’t be further from the truth! Granite and marble may both be natural stones, but they are far from the same. Granite is an igneous rock that was formed by molten magma that cooled and hardened under the ground, while marble is a calicoes stone that was formed from oceanic deposits that were compressed under immense pressure.
Granite is a great stone that can get a bad reputation. Why? We don’t know! It’s safe for food prep, durable, heat-resistant, and uniquely beautiful. Do you feel more comfortable about choosing granite for your home? Come visit us and we can help you make the best decision for your space.