Frequently Asked Questions About Granite

With so many options for countertops, bathroom vanities and tiling for the home, it can be difficult to choose the right material for your family.  There is so much information and misinformation available about granite and natural stone that we have compiled some frequently asked questions to help you in your search.

Does granite burn?

No–You can place a hot pot or pan directly on your granite countertop without worry.

Does granite stain?

No—Because granite is not very porous, it will generally not stain.  Sealed granite is virtually impossible to stain.

How do I know if my granite needs to be resealed?

One method to check if your granite needs to be sealed is to sprinkle some water on the countertop.  If the water does not bead up and soaks into the stone, you know it is time to reseal.

Will my granite chip or scratch?

Granite is very durable and dense.  Under normal conditions, your countertop will not chip or scratch.  Should damage occur, Affordable Surface Products will repair or diminish the look of the damaged areas.

What is the best way to care for granite?

You can usually clean your granite with warm, soapy water.  If you need something stronger, make sure you use cleaners specifically formulated to be safe for granite.

How long will my granite countertop last?

With very little maintenance and care, your granite countertops should last a lifetime.

Where does granite come from?

Granite is a natural stone that makes up 70-80% of the Earth’s crust.  It is quarried all over the world.  We get the majority of our granite from Italy, Brazil, India, Spain, France, China, and the USA.

Can I use granite outdoors?

Yes—Granite will look great no matter where it is used.  It can withstand extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather situations.

Should I be worried about radon?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that granite countertops pose no significant health risk.   Find out more at http://www.epa.gov/radiation/sources/index.html#construction.

Affordable Surface Products of Greensboro, NC offers large array granite countertops, vanities, and tiles to match any décor.  Visit our showroom, conveniently located to serve Winston-Salem, High Point, and Kernersville.

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Remodeling your kitchen counters? Go Granite!

If you are thinking about remodeling your old kitchen counters, you should consider installing beautiful granite stone instead of the more common laminates or wood. Granite is one of the hardest and densest natural stones. In terms of durability, few surface material choices last longer than granite. It resists staining and scratching better than any other natural stone because of its density. The durability of granite makes it the most recommended choice for countertops bearing high weight.

Granite countertops are a wise aesthetic choice as well. The look of a professionally installed granite countertops is timeless and unique. Granite makes up a large portion of earth’s crust and is formed of interlocking crystals of quartz, feldspar, mica, and other minerals. The beauty of natural stones like granite is that no two pieces are ever alike. Each piece of it has its own natural personality, varied in color, markings and density.

Granite is quarried from all over the world, from Italy to India to China. The history from which each stone derives tells a different story in each home. With granite countertops, your kitchen will be sure to stand out and garner many compliments from your family and guests.

Granite is one of the best investments you can make on your home. Granite is almost a dollar-for-dollar investment, meaning that you will upgrade the value of your house by approximately the same amount that you paid for the stone. Affordable Surface Products provides high quality and affordable granite for countertops in your home. Conveniently located in Greensboro, NC, we provide homeowners in High Point, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, and surrounding areas with natural stone products for their home.  Please contact us at (336) 375-5672 or visit our showroom today.

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