304 North Cardinal St.
Dorchester Center, MA 02124
304 North Cardinal St.
Dorchester Center, MA 02124
Why does granite look different? The minerals that make up granite give it the unique colors we see in different types of granite. The relative proportion of different colored minerals in a granite is largely due to the original source of molten rock that cooled to form the granite.
Why are all granites not the exact same color? Every slab of granite is unique in its own way. Granite is a natural stone, so the veins, color, and texture on the surface should never be exactly the same as another section of the same slab. Man-made granite has almost no imperfections, while natural granite should have some that are easily visible.
Is there a difference in granite quality? It might come as a surprise, but there is no set industry standard for grading granite quality. Mid-grade granite is often identifiable by its clear colors and more elaborate patterns, but it doesn’t have the same unique qualities as more high-end cuts.
Does granite change over time? Over time (usually in excess of one year), improper cleaning (such as not completely removing food and beverage spills or residue contained in smoke from cooking) attacks the granite’s color and clarity. As a result, the granite’s surface becomes much darker in color compared than when it was new.
There are 3 different levels of granite. Level 1 (Low Grade Granite), Level 2 (Mid-Grade Level) and Level 3 +(High Grade Granite). The grade of the granite slab can be determined by colors, veins, pitting, marking, thickness, the amount of soft materials it has, and the country where it was quarried.
It’s much less common to find a granite slab that resembles another material, or a surface of any natural stone that resembles another. So, if you see a luxury surface that has the look of marble or concrete, chances are that it is quartz, not granite.
Spotting Fake Granite: Tap the Surface
If you lightly tap on the back of the surface with a small hammer, real granite should produce a ringing sound. To the contrary, fake granite will make a small click sound. If the stone produces the latter of the two sounds, you will know that it is not the natural stone.
Light granite is not as dense as dark granite, making it slightly more vulnerable to stains, cracking, and other damage. All varieties of granite are incredibly durable, but darker stone tends to stand up better to excessive wear and tear.
Blue granite is the most expensive.
If you just had granite countertops installed, or you’ve moved into a new home with existing countertops, you might notice that your granite changes color when it gets wet. All stones are different, and some are more likely to darken upon contact with liquids than others.
First, polish the edges, then apply the Ager using as many coats as needed to get the best color-match to the countertop surface. Applying a standard impregnating granite sealer over a color-enhancing sealer is the common method. Enhancers are not typically great sealers and are used primarily to darken color.
To put a shine on your granite, pour a little cooking oil on a soft cleaning cloth and wipe it across the countertop. Buff it gently. This makes the counter a little bit stain-resistant and gives it a glossy shine. Even if you know how to clean countertops correctly, your granite will need to be resealed periodically.
Granite can be more expensive than quartz at times, based on the availability of a color and pattern. Sometimes quartz is more expensive due to the treatments it receives during manufacturing. You may be able to save money by purchasing granite slabs from a wholesaler to cut and install yourself.
Hardness and Durability: Granite is harder than marble, so it is more resistant to chips and scratches. Both marble and granite countertops are quite durable, but ONLY if they are properly sealed every one or two years. Granite and marble are porous, so without a seal, liquids will penetrate and stain.
Homeowners don’t need to worry about damaging their countertops with everyday use because granite is quite heat resistant. Placing a hot pan on a well-maintained granite slab will not cause it to crack or weaken. Just remember that repeatedly placing a very hot pan on the same spot may cause granite to discolor.
An uncommon practice but a very desired one is to polish the bottom of the countertops. Polished undersides let the fingers feel a smooth polished surface. Definitely a sign of quality. A good installer can make a poor quality granite counter look good.
Quartz and granite are both excellent choices for bathroom or kitchen countertops. Granite has a more natural look but is often more expensive, while quartz is more budget-friendly but looks a little more artificial. Granite is more resistant to heat, while quartz is more resistant to staining.
You can negotiate the price but be reasonable with it. You don’t lose anything by negotiating but you may gain. A GC that wants your business will keep in close communication with you and would be very patience with your decisions.
Since quartz is bound with resin, it doesn’t have the crystalline structure or natural fissures of granite, giving it a smoother texture. The more finely ground the quartz, the glossier and more polished the overall appearance.
A granite countertop of sufficient quality should feel as smooth as glass. What About Polishing the Surface? Some may suggest that the solution to a rough granite countertop surface is more polishing. Poor quality granite slabs may have rough patches and simply not feel smooth as glass.
What is a composite granite countertop? Composite granite countertops are a type of engineered stone, typically made from 90% quartz and 10% resin.
Granite is a very durable stone. Because of its crystalline structure, granite can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture. Granite that is not sealed properly may absorb stains such as oils, which may cause dark spots or discoloration.
Black kitchen countertops are currently enjoying the limelight. Hard wearing, they are an extremely practical choice for kitchen worktops since they hide the dirt, conceal cracks and are not easily stained.
You’ll typically find that tan and black granite slabs are the least expensive, and that white granite tends to be higher in cost. Yet, black and white are both the two most popular choices in granite colors. So why is one more expensive than the other?
Description. Black galaxy granite is in the gabbro family of stone material and is sourced in the Ongole area of South India. The granite material is rated a 4.5 on the Moh’s scale of hardness, which is considered relatively hard.