When approaching the complicated task of renovating your kitchen or bathroom countertops it’s important to pick a company that takes responsibility for the care and production of their process and product like we do at Pro Granite Countertops. Granite, Marble, and Quartz countertops tend to be the focal point to whatever rooms they are in, the task of choosing the perfect color, cut, and making sure it’s installed correctly, without going over budget, can be daunting. Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions to help make things as simple as possbile.
Natural stone are often classified into two general categories consistent with its composition: siliceous stone or calcareous stone. Knowing the difference is critical when selecting cleaning products. The first type of stone is Siliceous stone is composed mainly of silica or quartz-like particles. It tends to be very durable and comparatively easy to wash with mild acidic cleaning solutions. Types of siliceous stone include: granite, slate, sandstone, quartzite, brownstone, and bluestone.
Next is Calcareous stone which is composed mainly of calcium carbonate. It is sensitive to acidic cleaning products and regularly requires different cleaning procedures than siliceous stone. Types of calcareous stone include: marble, travertine, limestone, and onyx. What may go on siliceous stone might not be suitable on calcareous surfaces.
Do you want a quartz countertop or granite countertop for your kitchen remodel? These two stones have a lot of similarities at first glance, they both have their pros and cons. Both are premium stones you can use in your home. One stone is less heat resistant, while the other requires more maintenance.
While most kitchen designs revolve around neutral color schemes, choosing a bold countertop color is an easy way to add some focus and fun into your space. We offer many colors at Pro Granite Countertops, take a look here to get inspiration for your kitchen and bathroom remodel.
Granite comes from far below the earth’s surface and forms during a cooling process that can take of thousands of years. Over a long period of time, liquid magma is forced back and forth between different layers of rock. When it finally cools, it forms a solid layer of granite. Granite acquires its signature crystalline appearance from the trace mineral elements that are still attached to the surface after its cooling process. It is during this process that granite becomes an extremely hard and durable stone, making it perfect for countertops and vanities. Granite’s features depend on where in the world that particular portion of the rock was formed. Although granite is distributed vastly throughout the world, it is generally excavated in countries such as Africa, Spain, India, Brazil, China and Norway where there are a large number of granite quarries. Because the stone in each quarry is unique, knowledgeable experts are able to determine specifically where a particular piece of granite came from based solely on its color. Generally speaking, red and black granite is found in Egypt or a desert within the United States. White granite with gray specks is generally from China and finally, blue granite is generally from the coast of Africa.
Yes, it can fracture if excessive weight is applied. Granite can also chip, fracture and break if subjected to sharp tipped hard objects with high impact because of its crystalline structure. In terms of discoloration, unsealed granite can absorb stains such as oil, which cause dark spots. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect the structure or color of granite under normal circumstances.
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