Granite Counter tops FAQ

Q: What should you not put on a granite countertop?

A:  Things to Avoid on Your Granite Countertops

Don’t work with raw meat on a granite countertop. … 

Don’t get acidic things on your granite countertop. … 

Don’t let spills remain on a granite countertop. … 

Don’t use knives directly on the granite. … 

Avoid putting hot pans on your countertop.

Q: What are the disadvantages of granite countertops?

A:  Cons for Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are strong and durable as long as they receive sealing each year. If homeowners are lax in their maintenance, the porous granite can suck up oils, juice, and wine, which will be impossible to remove. Bacteria can also harbor inside granite if not sealed properly.

Q: Can you put a hot pan on granite?

A:  Granite is Heat Resistant

 Placing a hot pan on a well-maintained granite slab will not cause it to crack or weaken. Just remember that repeatedly placing a very hot pan on the same spot may cause granite to discolor.

Q: Can you sit on a granite countertop?

A:  Granite is fairly thick, often at the very least ¾ of an inch. If the weight is evenly distributed over a large area, the countertops can hold up to 1000 pounds. … While granite is tough and can handle a lot of weight, granite technicians highly discourage sitting or standing on them.

Q: Does water ruin granite?

A:  So can water ruin granite? No, but it can discolor it so you want to be cautious with especially hard water on your granite countertops.

Q: Do granite countertops need maintenance?

A:  In reality, granite requires regular maintenance to keep it looking beautiful. Besides just cleaning, you’ll need to make sure the granite is sealed periodically to protect this investment. Stains can be extremely difficult to remove, but not impossible.

Q: How long does it take to get granite countertops?

A:  How should I prepare for installation and how long will it take? The average 2 slab kitchen installation usually takes about 4 hours from start to finish.

Q: What is a cheaper alternative to granite countertops?

A:  Tile countertops

Tile countertops are a trend that is back and updated in a big way (and it’s a cheaper alternative to granite). And installing tile countertops yourself is a budget-friendly way to add the charm of stone for a fraction of the price.

Q: Do you need to seal granite countertops every year?

A:  Many professionals recommend sealing granite countertops at least once each year. If you cook frequently in your kitchen and use the countertops daily, you might need to reseal the granite even more frequently. … If you use chemicals on the granite that wear away or weaken the sealant, you will need to reseal more often.

Q: How do you calculate the cost of quartz countertops?

A:  When calculating the quartz countertops’ overall cost, assume that the lower-quality quartz will run between $55 and $75 per square foot. Higher quality quartz or name-brand quartz will run between $95 and $110 per square foot.