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What is granite?

Granite and other granite-like stones are formed of hard minerals such as quartz, feldspar and mica, which are fused together into a very hard stone ideal for kitchen counters because its polish is resistant to household acids such as citrus and vinegar and is hard enough to resist scratching from knives and pots and pans.

What is the difference between granite and marble?

The main difference between granite and marble is that granite is a highly dense matrial composed deep inside the earth's core while marble is formed from sediments under the seabed. Both solidify into stone after millions of years butr the mineral composition of the two stones makes marble and granite react differently to various chemicals and household cleaners. How do I clean my granite? Granite is a very durable stone. It is also much harder than marble. Granite has been used in the past in the commercial industry. Some of the obvious applications have been panels on the outside of buildings, walls, and floors of "high-traffic" areas. Granite will withstand almost any element it comes up against including heat and cold. Granite itself is approximately 95-98% stain resistant but, we use a special sealer on all of our natural stone products. This will insure lasting life and beauty. Polished granite should receive the same cleaning care as polished marble, preferably using specially formulated granite cleaner or using a mild phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish-soap, soap flakes or powder which contains no aromatics. Followed by a thorough rinsing and drying with cotton-flannel or chamois. If you are going to go with just plain soap and water, keep in mind that this can lead to soap build up. This, in turn, will dull your countertop's finish significantly and you don't want that. When using a granite cleaner, let it sit for about 30 seconds and then wipe it off well using a soft cloth. This will work best.

Can I cut on my granite countertop? Only if you want to ruin your good knives. Granite is harder than your knife blades and will dull them very quickly, if you use the countertop as a cutting surface. Always cut and chop on a wooden or plastic cutting board.

Can my granite top be damaged?

Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. Unsealed, granite can absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect granite under normal circumstances. Will my kitchen counters have tiny pits on the surface?

Granite, which is crystalline in structure, always has tiny pits – spaces between the various mineral crystals. You don't see them on a larger piece because the overall appearance is polished and mirror-like. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure which formed the granite eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material. A product of nature cannot be expected to look manmade. Will my granite look like the sample?

The samples you see on the computer have been scanned and saved as digital images. The color tones may not be absolutely correct due to variations in computer systems, monitors and compression algorithms. Also, granite is a natural material with naturally occurring variations in color, tone, granularity, pattern, etc. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty. Can I set a hot pot on my granite countertop?

Granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure combined beneath the earths crust. It can not be affected by heat from a cook top or frying pan. A lit flame placed under the granite will have no melting effect and will not leave any burned or scarred marks. Can granite chip?

In only cases of sever abuse with a hammer or impact tool. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture. Does granite stain or burn?

No. You can't burn it with ordinary use. Granite does not stain. The only caveat is that a few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact. Usually, no evidence remains when the liquid is removed and the granite dries, but could be a problem with dark pigmented liquids. Although granite has a sealer applied at the fabricator, a stone sealer is recommended for all granite after installation.

10 Myths about granite

1. Granite is absorbent. Granite qualifies as impervious to water and is actually less absorbent than some solid surface (plastic) products. Granite is commonly used as building material for high-rise buildings due to its ability to withstand gale force winds and rain.

2. Granite stains easily. Granite is resistant to stains. Generally, any liquid spilled on a granite top, if wiped up within a few minutes, will not stain. However, even water can soak into a granite countertop and leave a dark colored spot but this will evaporate in minutes. Liquids that do not evaporate, such as oils will cause stains if left to soak into the stone.

3. Stains in granite are permanent. Most stains can be removed. Even oil stains can usually be removed using a poultice or paste that will draw out the oil from the stone.

4. Granite will lose its polish over the years. While this may be true of marble, granite will shine years from now just as if it was brand new. Granite is highly scratch resistant and will not show wear from daily use.

5. Granite requires a lot of maintenance. Routine cleaning with mild soap and water is all that is generally required. Once a year, a re-application of a penetrating sealer should be performed, which only takes about 15 minutes–less time than scouring a solid surface countertop with a cleanser to remove scratches.

6. Heat will cause granite to chip and crack. Granite is heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans without damage. Impact from a heavy object may chip granite but heat from anything short of a blowtorch will not affect your countertop.

7. Dark colored granites are harder than light colored granites. Granites are composed of a variety of minerals, each of which has specific performance properties. The hardest mineral commonly found in granite is quartz, which is normally a somewhat translucent, white to grey colored mineral.

8. Granite's tiny pores and fissures harbor bacteria. Bacteria are found everywhere. If it is on a granite top, then it can also be found on a laminate or solid surface top. Use an anti-bacterial soap to wash your countertop if you are concerned.

9. Granite and marble are essentially the same. Besides the fact that they are both natural stones and can be polished, they are otherwise very different. Marble is generally a calicoes stone, formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite, however, is an igneous rock, essentially molten magma, which is cooled and then hardened below the earth's surface.

10. Granite is expensive. Granite is usually competitively priced compared to other high-end surfacing materials. You will be amazed when you compare the price of granite to other popularly famed "luxury surfaces". Granite offers you an unmatched value with its natural beauty, elegance and longevity.

About Soapstone

Soapstone is quarried naturally with absolutely no synthetics and offers a unique, soft color with light flowing veins. When oiled, soapstone exhibits an even more dramatic color variation. It is practically indestructible, requires almost no maintenance and adds elegance and enduring value to your kitchen, bathroom, or office. Advantages of Soapstone:

Soapstone is quarried naturally without synthetics and is composed primarily of talc, chlorite, dolomite and magnetite. No damage is incurred when hot pans or dishes are placed on the surface of Soapstone. This surface is inert which means that acids and alkalis will not harm the surface and normal household items will not stain. Unlike other stone surfaces, sealer is not required. Soapstone is easier to cut and shape than marble or granite and because of this, joints can be made invisible. Finally, and probably the greatest advantage of Soapstone is its unique aesthetic quality. Soft colors and light flowing veins provide a certain elegance for your home.

Soapstone is Ideal for Many Applications. Once you fall in love with the natural look and beauty of soapstone, you’ll be excited about the many applications where you can use soapstone in your home. Soapstone’s timeless qualities and classic appeal make it the ideal choice to enjoy for years to come. Soapstone Kitchen Countertops

Beautiful natural soapstone for your kitchen counter is both durable and requires minimal maintenance. Its heat resistant properties make it the ideal choice for kitchen countertops and islands. Also don’t forget about your soapstone backsplash. Great for outdoor kitchen spaces.

About Porcelina

Porcelina by Levantina is the world's largest formatted thin tile, porcelain tile. Available in sizes up to 1 x 3 meter, (39" x 118") for use on interior and exterior walls, facades, floors or solid surfaces. Porcelina is sometimes also called Techlam, especially in Europe.

Porcelina can be applied over existing surfaces to give your living space a fresh new look. Since it is porcelain it can also be used for and anti-graffiti hardening on the exteriors of buildings. Porcelina comes in 5 different textures and a variety of colors. Benefits of Porcelina:

  • Impermeable
  • Hygenic
  • Unalterable colors
  • Chemically resistant
  • Fire and heat resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Environmentally friendly
  • 10 year warranty
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What is resurfacing?

Resurfacing refers to the process of stripping any old stain or varnish off your cabinets, sanding them down and putting on a new stain. When the process is done your cabinets will look like new. Please note that resurfacing can only be done to solid wood cabinets. Resurfacing costs a fraction of the price of new cabinets, but can give your kitchen a whole new look. To start the process of resurfacing your cabinets fill out this form with details for a free estimate.

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