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Your Questions About Granite Answered

Can you cut on granite?

One question that often pops into shoppers minds when considering granite is, “Can I cut on it?” This seems to be a very important question for many people who live a fast paced lifestyle or who simply just don’t like cleaning extra messes…Then again, who does?

To answer this question, most counter experts would tell you that it is okay to cut on your granite as granite is such a dense material that it will not bear damage, although a knife expert would advise you otherwise. Because of the granite’s rock solid properties, your knives can become dull from cutting on anything other than an appropriate cutting board. So in summation, if you don’t care about your knives, feel free to cut away knowing your resilient granite countertops won’t sustain any damage.

Does granite scratch?

         A second question that customers always seem to be inquiring about is “Does granite scratch?” Now this relates similarly to the first question. Since granite is such a robust material, it will almost never scratch. With granite being the third hardest natural substance behind diamonds and sapphires, it has a pretty slim chance of sustaining any scratches.

            When doing any kind of home or kitchen remodeling, like backsplash removal or even simply just granite installation on its own, you won’t have to worry about any surrounding granite or new granite enduring scratches from other neighboring components.

Does granite stain?

         The last thing I want to address in this post is staining, as this gets asked over and over again when customers are considering granite. First and foremost, granite is very difficult to stain unless it is extremely porous. About 90-95% of all granite is not porous so you are looking at a minute possibility of it sustaining stains.

            With this in mind, you still want to protect your granite counters with a proper amount of sealer, but that is all you will really need to worry about.

            Now, I don’t want to overwhelm you guys with too many do’s and don’ts here, but I just wanted to go over some FAQ’s and basics about granite. Please know that anyone is free and welcome to reach out to me with any further questions or concerns. I hope this has helped some of you and wishing you all a wonderful rest of your day.

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How Granite Countertops Can Transform your Kitchen

Granite countertops are such a beautiful natural stone and piece for a kitchen, bathroom or anywhere in a home. Granite also comes in so many beautiful different colors and its very cost effective too. Some designers favor using granite countertops when designing kitchens with minimal budgets because all you need to really make a kitchen pop is one fantastic granite kitchen countertop and it just steals the show for the rest of the kitchen. In fact, some designers opt to not use granite countertops when  trying to showcase or feature other kitchen elements because granite countertops can be that impactful.

Granite counter-tops come in all shapes and sizes. At Simmons Custom Granite, in Conroe, TX, we’ve designed some really unique granite countertops for kitchens and bathrooms for both residential and commercial projects and what we’ve learned is granite countertops can fit any budget and they really do transform a room and the home experience altogether. Designers also implement granite stones, on floors, walls accent pieces to give the room or area a natural element and its also a way to make it stand out. Granite countertops also have the ability to be cut into unique and stylish pieces which can make them very unique to a high-end interior design project. Applied with an artistic approach granite can be beautiful part of art for your home or business.

Are you ready to increase the value of your home or are you simply just looking just to beautify your kitchen and/or bathroom with a “WOW” factor? A granite countertop is the way to go transform your home and bring up its actual value. Talk about a return on your investment. Now sure how to get started or what you need? Let one of our professional granite countertop consultants show you the way. For more on Simmons Custom Granite and our granite countertop solutions, visit our granite countertop gallery for some inspirational ideas on your next project.

 

 

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The different finishes for granite in your kitchen and bath

Granite countertops can come in a wide variety of finishes. The finishes on your granite countertops can make your stone more durable, (as certain finishes reduce the visibility of stains), highlight the vibrant colors in the stone, and reduce the porosity of the granite slab. The three most popular finishes for granite countertops are polished, honed, and brushed (also sometimes referred to as leathered, rough, antiqued, or vintage).

Polished

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Polished is the most popular type of finish for granite countertops, and for good reason. If you’re looking to enhance the rich colors of your granite stone, polished is the way to go. They’re high-gloss and give off a light-reflecting shine. Polished granite finishes are the easiest to maintain. Since it is the least porous of the different finishes, it does not have to be sealed as often as the other types.

Honed

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honed granite countertops

Honed granite countertops are just as smooth looking as polished countertops, but don’t give off the shine that polished countertops are known for. Honed granite finishes gives off a soft, satiny look. While it is more porous than polished granite and therefore more prone to staining, unlike polished granite it doesn’t show scratches easily. This makes it a popular choice for home owners looking to give off a casual feel to their homes.

Brushed

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Brushed Granite

Brushed granite gives off a rough look. This type of finish brings out the natural characteristics in the stone. Because brushed granite finishes lack any kind of shine, they hide smudges and fingerprints better than other types of granite finishes. However brushed granite should be cleaned daily to avoid staining. Adding a polish to this type of granite finish can help reduce absorbency and dramatically reduce staining. While brushed granite is often used for outdoor pieces, it’s becoming increasingly more popular for home owners to use it in kitchens and bathrooms.

 

To see our wide selection of granite stones, visit our showroom.

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