Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Frequently Asked Questions Surrounding Granite

When homeowners are thinking about installing granite somewhere in their homes, either inside (as a bench top, wall cladding or flooring) or outside (as a patio, pathway or driveway), they will often have a number of questions that they would like answered before making a final decision. Why not see if your question pops up in one of the frequently asked ones below:

    Where is granite from? It is a stone that can be found pretty much all over the world, with some of the biggest deposits being found in the USA, Europe and Australia.

    What sort of maintenance is needed? Granite needs to be sealed but, if you have a good quality stone, you will only need to do this every three to five years. If you have a lower quality stone, it will need to be sealed every one to three years.

    Does it have any resistance to wear and tear? As a highly durable stone, granite is pretty resistant to scratches, stains, mildew and mold growth. In proof of how scratch resistant the material really is, you can even use granite as a chopping board!

    Does granite need any daily care? Basically, all your granite needs is a quick wash down with a soap and water mixture. The general rule of thumb is that you shouldn't clean the stone with a product that you wouldn't clean your hands with.

    Is granite subject to chipping or cracking? If any flaws are going to develop in your stone, more often than not, they're going to be caused during transportation. If you notice any damage, contact the granite supplier who supplied the stone and they should be able to repair any damage.

    Will the slab I receive look the same as the sample? As the samples displayed in the supplier's showroom are just showing you what is available, there may be slight differences in the colour and the pattern of the slab that you receive. Ask the salesperson if you are able to pick out the exact slab you want, as you can sometimes do this.

    What thickness is recommended? Most professional installers suggest that you do not use granite slabs that are less than three-quarters of an inch thick.

If your granite question was not answered above, remember that there is no harm in asking the supplier or doing a more extensive internet search. It is always best to have all the facts before making a final decision on the stone you will use in your home, as this will help to ensure that you make a decision you do not live to regret.

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