Granite and other types of stone are products of nature. These surfaces will have unique colors and characteristics that can only be found in natural stone. All natural stone surfaces are subject to variation in color, veining, and texture. These characteristics will vary from color to color, but will be a part of the finished product.

What’s the difference between marble and granite?

Although both are stones and both are quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. The greatest difference lies in the porosity, softness and durability of marble when compared to granite.

Why is granite good for kitchen counters?

Granite is highly resistant to scratching, cracking and staining, and is impervious to heat. Daily kitchen activities pose no problem and it can take a hot pot without the use of a trivet. This makes granite an ideal choice for countertops.

Are Seams Necessary on stone countertops?

Natural stone countertops as well as quartz countertops, will most likely require seams because we are limited to the size of the slab.  The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color and pattern of the material. All natural stones react differently during the fabrication process, which can cause variations in the size and appearance of the seams. Seams will be kept to a minimum, and most often located in a discrete place, while maintaining the integrity of the stone.

There are many considerations that need to be factored into the location and number of seams put into a countertop. For this reason, the quality and location of seams is at the sole discretion of Stone Source KY.

What’s the best way to clean marble and other soft stones?

The old rule of thumb is never to use anything you wouldn’t use on your hands. Never use powdered cleansers or abrasive pads to clean your stone. Even “soft scrub” type cleaners contain pumice, which is powdered volcanic stone, and might damage your stone countertops or floors. Never use any product which is acidic; this includes substances like ammonia or many common liquid cleaners such as Windex. You should always use sealers and cleaning products designed specifically for natural stone. There are excellent stone-friendly (and user friendly) stone care products available at Stone Source KY.

Is it Necessary to Seal Stone Countertops?

Natural stone countertops are sealed at the time of manufacturing and installation to reduce the porosity of the stone. Natural stone countertops should be resealed every 1 to 2 years, depending on the sealer used as well as the usage of the countertop. Countertops and seams will be susceptible to staining and discoloration regardless of the seal and how often it is applied. The sealant used on your natural stone countertops is simply a temporary shield that breaks down over time. Countertops should be cleaned immediately after cooking or when a spill occurs to avoid staining.

Quartz is non-porous and does not require any sealing – ever. These stones offer a virtually no-maintenance material solution for countertops.

Can my granite countertop be damaged?

Granite is a very durable stone.  It is much harder than marble.  Granite has been used in the past in the commercial industry and will withstand almost any element it comes up against including cold and heat.  High impact blows can harm granite just like any other solid surface.  Because of its crystalline structure, granite can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture. Granite that is not sealed properly may absorb stains such as oils, which may cause dark spots or discoloration.  Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not harm granite under normal conditions.

Can I use marble on my kitchen counters?

Yes, but be aware marble (and limestone and travertine) are calcium carbonate, and their polished surface is more vulnerable to household acids including vinegar, mustard, ketchup, 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.

What is Etching?

Etching happens when acid in some form comes in contact with a polished marble or limestone surface. This causes a chemical reaction, which removes the polish, or roughens the surface of honed marble or limestone.  Granite is impervious to any common household acids.