FAQ about Granite

What is granite?

Granite is an igneous rock formed from the earth’s magma, which is composed of quartz, feldspar, mica and a variety of other minerals, the formation of granite takes thousands of years and is the second hardest natural stone next to the diamond.

Granite comes in a variety of colors, and no single natural stone slab is the same!

 

Where on earth does granite come from?

Granite comes from deep within the earth and forms through a process that can take thousands of years. Over time, liquid magma is forced between layers of rock and when it cools-it forms a layer of granite. The granite acquires a crystalline look from the mineral elements that are left after the cooling process. This extremely long process makes granite into a hard and durable stone.
Found in the earth’s continental crust, granite is the main rock that lies beneath the thin sedimentary veneer of the continents and forms throughout the world.
Granite’s features are dependent on where in the world it was formed. Although granite is widely distributed throughout the world, commercially it is generally manufactured in Africa, Spain, India, Brazil, China and Norway.

 

Granite quarries?

Granite is mined in quarries, which are large pits or excavation sites found all around the world.

Granite is cut it into desirable blocks, which is usually accomplished with wire saws. If the granite is to be used for countertops, it is cut and polished into appropriate shapes and sizes such as a 2cm or 3cm sheets that are up to 60sqft.


How do I best maintain granite countertops?

Our granite is already pre-sealed, and we seal it when we install your tops.  The initial seal is necessary because granite is porous and will stain easily without it. If a spill should occur, clean up before the stain has a chance to penetrate the surface. Generally, you can clean your granite countertops with soap and water.
Using regular cleaning/ acidic chemicals on your countertop will strip the seal and leave the porous surface of the granite exposed.
3-IN-One spray – Cleaner, Protector, Sealer- (at YKStone Center $20.00 per bottle) Use once every 3 months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can granite countertops be repaired?

In most cases, the repair will be- a scratch, a small chip or a stain, which are fairly easy to do for a professional restoration team. If granite is cracked, it will need to be completely removed and replaced.

 

What is the life expectancy of granite countertops?

Granite is already thousands of years old, and no matter what happens to it, it will not stain or scratch and is heat resistant.

If you a using the granite countertop as your cutting boar- it will only dull your knife. the only thing that can scratch the granite is a diamond. Proper installation of granite tops will prevent the granite from cracking or braking.


How do I install granite countertops?

Installing granite countertops incorrectly can lead to serious problems and possibly the need for replacement.
YKStone Center is proud to have two professional install teams on hand..

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