Granite countertops have become a favorite luxury item among homeowners across the United States both due to their beautiful appearance and their long-lasting durability. We frequently receive questions from homeowners who recently installed granite countertops in Brooklyn, NY or just bought a home with granite countertops about how they should maintain their countertops and what limits, if any, there are to their durability.
Here are just a few of the most common questions we receive along these lines.
Can granite countertops actually be damaged?
Granite countertops are marketed as being highly durable, and it’s true—they’re going to last you a very long time if you take care of them. They’re harder than marble and difficult to damage. That being said, it is possible for them to be damaged. High-impact blows can cause some damage to granite, and due to its crystallized structure, the granite can chip in some circumstances.
In addition, if you do not keep the granite properly sealed, it can absorb oils and other substances that can cause discoloration or spotting, which can be difficult (but not impossible) to remove. Granite is porous to an extent, much like all other types of stone, and if liquid is left on the surface for a long period of time it could leave a dark spot behind, but this spot will fade as the granite dries. Again, though, with proper sealing, this shouldn’t be an issue.
To reiterate, damaging granite is extremely difficult, but it does happen. Fortunately, there are ways to fix it. You can use a mixture of ground-up granite and epoxy to seal off a crack or etch to the point where it’s nearly impossible to tell it was damaged to begin with.
Can I set hot pots directly on the surface of a granite countertop?
Hot pots can indeed be set directly on granite—the stone is capable of withstanding exposure to extreme temperatures, unlike some other, softer types of countertop materials. Keep in mind, though, that the granite will absorb that heat, meaning it will be hot to the touch for some time after the pot is removed from the surface. For this reason, many people choose to use hot pads on granite countertops anyway, even though it technically is unnecessary for the purpose of preventing damage to the countertop.
Can I cut directly on granite countertops?
Granite isn’t just hard for a countertop surface—it’s one of the hardest stone substances in the world, period. You’ll have a very difficult time affecting it with knives. That being said, if you do choose to cut directly on the surface of the granite, you can expect to dull your knives very quickly. For this reason, it’s better to just use a cutting board. You won’t damage the countertop with your knives, but constantly having to re-sharpen or replace them would be quite a pain.
For more information about care and treatment for your granite countertops in Brooklyn, NY, contact the team at Luisi Building Materials Company, Inc. today.
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