Granite Countertop Pros and Cons

The selection of granite countertops comes with pros and cons, like nearly every other consumer choice. Many people agree that polished granite carries with it a ‘wow factor’. But recent media stories have raised questions about granite as a health risk, so it is important to separate fact from fiction. Is Granite a Health Risk? …

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Do Granite Countertops Cause Cancer?

More Info: Granite is an increasingly popular choice for countertops due to its classy yet natural look as well as its durability. Concern has been raised over the levels of radon gas emitted by granite and its potential harm to homeowners with granite countertops. What Is Radon? Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that …

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How Do You Disinfect Granite Countertops?

More Info: Various types of granite have differing levels of porosity. When properly sealed and maintained, a granite surface should not absorb any liquid substances. To ensure that germs and bacteria are eliminated, a simple solution of bleach and water will do the trick. The best course of action for keeping granite countertops disinfected is …

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How Is Granite Formed?

More Info: To form granite, magma must first cool underground. This is an extremely slow process. Since the time required to form granite is rather long, it is both a strong and valuable stone. Granite is actually made up of several different minerals including feldspar and quartz. These and other minerals, such as mica, give …

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Are Granite Countertops Porous?

More Info: All natural stone possesses some degree of porosity. How porous your granite countertop is will depend on how it is finished, and how it is treated. Polished Granite Is the Most Durable Most granite countertops are polished then sealed making them nearly impermeable. Polishing the stone creates a flat, smooth surface that reduces …

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