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Common Granite Myths:
Granite is Expensive
Granite will Stain
Granite must be Re-Sealed Regularly
Granite will Loose its Shine
Granite is Difficult to Maintain
Heat will Crack Granite
Granite Contains Harmful Rado Gases
Granite Harbors Bacteria
Granite Cannot be Repaired
Granite is Unaffordable
Most homeowners think of granite countertops as a beautiful option, but also a very costly one. In fact, the price of granite has dropped significantly in recent years. Today it's often priced lower than many synthetics, such as SileStone and other brands of engineered stone. Considering its durability and natural beauty, granite is today's best value among countertop choices.
Granite can Stain
This is perhaps one of the more enduring myths surrounding granite. Granite is exceptionally stain resistant, more so than many synthetic materials, including laminates and solid surface plastics such as Corian. For years architects have used granite as an external cladding surface in commercial buildings because of its ability to withstand nature's elements and retain its original beauty. In addition, we can now offer a 15 year sealant with warranty for an additional fee.
Granite must be Re-Sealed on a Regular Basis
Another common misconception about granite countertops is that they must be re-sealed on a regular basis (some even suggest annual applications) to prevent them from staining. We use a permanent sealer and there is no re-application required.
Granite will Loose its Gloss
This is a true statement for marble, but not for granite. Granite is an extremely dense substance. Diamond is one of the few materials harder than granite, which is why diamond pads are used to polish it. Normal household activities simply do not introduce sufficient abrasion to the surface of granite to dull it. Rest assured that your granite countertop will maintain its brand new shine for decades to come.
Granite is Difficult to Take Care Of
Maintenance for granite is virtually non-existent. Routine cleaning with mild soap and water, as you would do with any countertop surface, is all that's needed. You can also purchase inexpensive granite cleaners from your neighborhood grocery store.
Heat will Damage Granite
Granite is able to withstand exceptionally high levels of heat, allowing you to move dishes straight from your oven to the countertop without a problem. The heat from pots and pans won't cause any damage to a granite countertop. Meals cooked at over 400°f will scorch synthetic solid surfaces (like Corian), which offer heat resistance only up to that temperature. Granite, on the other had, has no constituent materials capable of burning at under several thousand degrees. In fact, it will not scorch even when exposed to direct flame.
Granite Contains Gases that are Harmful
This rather preposterous myth emerged just about the time Dupont introduced Corian about 33 years ago. It has recently made news again when BuildClean, a supposed nonprofit that claims to educate consumers about safe and healthy building materials, announced that its pilot project would provide free in-home radon testing of 300 homes in Houston to determine whether granite countertops emit harmful levels of radon. It's worth noting that two big makers of quartz countertops (engineered stone), Cambria and Cosentino (SileStone), are the sole funders of BuildClean. "By its nature, granite emits radon—the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.," said Sara Speer Selber, BuildClean's president, in a press release at the time.
The Marble Institute of America's study, conducted by the University of Akron, analyzed 52 samples of granite used most frequently in homes and found that the vast majority added "almost immeasurable amounts of radon to the house." The highest level emitted by any stone studied in that research was 0.27 Pico curies per liter (pCi/L), far below the 4 pCi/L that the Environmental Protection Agency says warrants corrective action.
In actuality, radon gas emissions are more harmful from surfaces such as concrete, cement and gypsum which surround us on a daily basis. It is an unstable gas that quickly breaks down and dissipates in the air.
Granite Houses Bacteria
Another frequently repeated myth is that granite harbors harmful bacteria; that somehow germs retreat into nooks and crannies in granite, lying in wait to make us sick. Records maintained by The Center for Disease Control confirm that there is absolutely no evidence of granite harboring bacteria or of anyone getting sick from bacteria in granite. Additionally, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, as well as the Hospitality Industry, give granite a clean bill of health.
Damaged Granite Cannot be Fixed
Granite can indeed be repaired, it just doesn't break very easily or very often, so no one's making a living fixing it. If granite chips or cracks (which can happen if it is struck with a heavy object), it can be refinished or repaired with colored epoxies.