Granite (from the Latin granum, or grain, signifying its characteristic structure), an igneous rock, was formed billions of years ago when magma cooled deep beneath the earth's crust. Nearly as durable as diamond, granite owes its density and hardness to its origins, solidified deep within the earth under extreme pressure.

Granite is a one-of-a-kind building material. Because graining and coloration come from the earth itself – mineral deposits, tectonic shifts, temperature, natural chemicals and pressure over millions of years – granite cannot be mimicked or manufactured. Unique markings and inconsistencies are hallmarks of natural stone. No two are alike. And, depending on how the surface is finished, myriad visual characteristics may be revealed.

Next to diamonds, there's nothing harder than granite. It is not affected by extremes in temperature and under normal conditions granite resists etching by knives, household acids and kitchenware. In addition, granite:

• 100% natural and non-toxic

• Very durable

• Cleans without difficulty

• When sealed, is a sanitary countertop material that does not harbor bacteria

• Offers several finishes and hundreds of color choices, patterns

• Resists scratching

• Resists burning or charring from hot items (fryers, griddles, toasters)

• Serves as a natural rolling board for preparing pastries, cookies and candy

• Can be easily fabricated, using curves, arches and 90-degree angles

• Is both aesthetically pleasing and a smart investment

Cleaning Granite Countertops

For daily cleaning use mild dish soap, warm water and a soft clean cloth. You can also use any water-based spray cleaner such as clear vinegar formula Windex® or an environmentally friendly product like Method Daily Granite Cleaner.

If a film, smudges, or streaks develop, use vinegar diluted with water (1 part vinegar to 3 parts water) and a soft clean cloth to remove it.

Sealing Granite Countertops

Your countertops will be sealed just after we do the installation. Some stones will only need sealing every few years depending on the stone's porosity and your daily use of the countertops.

To determine if your countertop needs resealing, you can perform a "water test". Place a few drops of water onto your stone. If within 15-20 minutes the water begins to absorb into the stone, it is time to reseal. Wait for the water spot to evaporate before resealing.

Sealing works as a stain inhibitor and prevents most stains and soil from being absorbed into the surface, but it is NOT a guarantee against staining. Natural stone sealers are available through any stone/tile or home improvement store. Be sure to always follow the directions provided with your product.

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