FAQs

Will my countertops have seams?

Because granite is usually sold in slabs no more than 9 feet long (approx.), most kitchen countertops would have least one seam. The placement of seam is determined at the time of templating.

What is the difference between granite and marble?

Marble is generally a calcious 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.

Is 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.

While it isn’t absorbent per se, it IS porous still and can harbor bacteria. This is an important difference between granite and quartz. With quartz, there is little risk of the countertop harboring bacteria.

Does granite stain easily?

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. Click on this link, which explains how to remove the stains from natural stone.

How do I take care of my countertops?

  1. Clean up spills immediately.
  2. Use a clean dry cloth for best results.
  3. Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner, such as mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water.
  4. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
  5. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and wipe until dry with a soft cloth.
  6. Re-seal granite at least once a year. Sealers are easily available at home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowes. *Do not use any products with acid, lemon juice or vinegar.
  7. Watch the video below to understand how to remove stains from the granite.

Does granite 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.

Does granite require 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.

Does Heat 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.

Can I cut on my countertops?

The only thing that will cut into or scratch granite is diamond. You can rest assured that common kitchen knives and utensils are no match for the absolute hardness of a granite top.

Will my granite look like the sample?

The samples you see on the website or personally may not be absolutely correct due to variations in computer systems, monitors and software compression. Marble and granite are natural stones created by the forces of nature. They are composed of various minerals and are susceptible to wide variations in color, texture, spotting, veining and cracking. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty. Here at Atlantic Countertops we recommend clients to choose their own slabs from which we fabricate their surface.

Can I use marble on for my kitchen counter tops?

We do not recommend the use of marble as kitchen counters because marbles (and limestone and travertine) are calcium carbonate, and their polished surface is more vulnerable to household acids including vinegar, mustard, catsup, citrus and a host of other food-related products. These acidic substances cause a chemical reaction, which will remove the polish. Additionally, marble and limestone can be scratched more easily than harder stones such as granite. Marble is, however, sometimes used in the kitchen as a pastry slab; its perfectly smooth, cool surface is ideal for rolling out dough and piecrusts.

I’ve noticed some granite has pits on the surface – will I have these on my kitchen counters?

Granite, which is crystalline in structure, always has tiny pits – spaces between the various mineral crystals. 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 that 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.

Is granite 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.

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

A drop-in sink sits on top of the cutout in your granite counter while an under-mount sink sits beneath the cutout. There is generally an extra polishing charge required in preparing a granite countertop for an under-mount sink.