The Answers to All Your Questions

What is granite?

Granite is the most durable architectural building stone. It contains such minerals as quartz, plagioclase, feldspar, biotite. The growing popularity of this stone is a testament to its beauty, versatility and permanence as well as a wide palette of colors: black, green, gray, red, yellow, brown and others. The physical and mechanical properties of granite make this stone indispensable in facing construction work, as well as for the manufacture of kitchen countertops. Granite is mined all over the world, with the most exotic colors coming from Brazil, India, Finland, North America, China, and South Africa.

Why does one choose granite countertops over synthetic materials?

Architects, cabinetmakers, kitchen designers, and contractors now choose granite as a countertop material. Granite is nearly impervious to abrasions, stains, and high temperatures. Granite's intrinsic qualities, such as color, patterns, and shades, complement any decor.

What maintenance does granite countertops need?

It is not difficult to take care of granite countertops at all. To keep the granite countertops clean, use a microfiber cloth to remove dust from the surface. Often, a microfiber cloth, even a dry one, is all you need for basic cleaning. In cases where spills occur, try to wipe the granite countertop daily or as needed, using only water or glass cleaner.

Is it necessary to seal granite to prevent staining?

Yes, indeed. Every stone surface we build is sealed, and we suggest applying a sealer every six months to ensure protection against any oils or water that may have sat on the stone's surface for an extended period of time.

In case of granite chipping, scratching and cracking, can it be repaired?

Chipping and scratching may happen occasionally. Scratches might occur when a harder material, such as another piece of stone or sand-filled soil from a plant, rubs against the counter's surface. If a hard object strikes a finer edge (such as a cove dupont or an ogee), chipping may occur. Although we cannot guarantee that the content will not be damaged, we may send a member of our team out to check the damage and fix minor scratches and chips. It is beneficial if you know when the chipping happened and can save the piece that comes out.

My granite kitchen countertop does not appear to be identical to the sample. What is the reason for this?

Granite is an organic material, and no two samples would be identical, just like no two individuals are alike. Granite's color is influenced by the mineral composition and the deposit from which it was quarried. After choosing a sample, our customers choose the exact block of stone from which we fabricate their surface at Landmark Surfaces.

Is there a high-gloss finish on all granite kitchen counters?

No, you can order a variety of finishes; the highly polished finish is simply the most common. The process of "honing" gives the stone a more matte finish while maintaining its smooth feel.

"High movement" stone is a term I'm familiar with. What exactly is it?

"Movement", also known as “grain in the stone,” refers to veins in granite that swirl and shift irregularly as a result of immense forces at work underneath the earth's surface over the eons it took to shape. Certain minerals, such as hornblende, magnetite, hematite, pyrite, zircon, garnet, and corundum, have a minor impact on "movement". Many people consider granite's flow of blending colors to be its most appealing and convincing feature.

Does the origin of granite have an effect on the price?

There isn't much effect on the price. The quarry's supply and demand have a greater impact on prices. Owing to their scarcity, red and blue tones are more expensive than other shades.

What is the difference between an undermount and a drop-in sink?

A drop-in sink sits on top of the granite counter's cutout, while an undermount sink sits underneath it. When preparing a granite countertop for an undermount sink, an additional polishing charge is usually needed.

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