At Cox's Fine Floors we realize your investment in granite countertops is both financial and personal. We also understand that you probably have many questions. The page that follows provides a variety of frequently asked questions we answer on a daily basis. If you have any further questions or we can assist you in any way, please contact Cox's Fine Floors at 972-461-0707. For your convenience, you can also request services

Where is granite found?

 

Granite is quarried from the earth with specialized equipment and machinery. It is found all over the world. A few parts of the world where granite is quarried include. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, India, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Ukraine, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

What is the difference between marble and granite countertops?

 

The look first and foremost. The maintenance and care of the stones will also vary. Marble is a softer stone, and it will etch easier. It is a more delicate natural stone when compared to granite.

What is the strength of granite?

 

Granite is a very strong and durable natural stone. The actual strength of a specific piece of granite will vary depending on the stone and where it was quarried from.

Will my granite countertop break?

 

With heavy abuse. With normal every day wear and tear, no.

Do I need to seal my granite countertops?

 

This depends on the granite you choose. As a rule of thumb, "The lighter stones need to be sealed and the darker ones don't." Consult with your designer at Cox's Fine Floors while choosing your stone.

 

What is etching?

 

Etching is when acids from items such as lemons, alcohols, and even some cleaning products leave dull spots or rings on a stone.

Will my granite etch?

 

Granite should not etch. Granite is a siliceous natural stone and not highly reactive to acids like a marble or a limestone. If your granite is sealed, the sealer may etch.

Can I cut on my granite countertops?

 

Yes you can. Granite is very hard and will dull your knives. Little slivers of the knife may become embedded in your countertop. This is very noticeable with darker granites.

Will granite chip?

 

Granite can chip. However, if it chips, it is usually around the sink or near an edge. The chip is usually small and not visible, but, you can feel it. This is easy to repair. A colored epoxy is used to fill in the small area. If you did get a larger chip, save the chip so it can be used to repair your countertop.

Will granite scratch?

 

Granite will not scratch. The only things that may scratch it are diamonds, other pieces of granite, and some green kitchen scrub pads. Granite can only be scratched by materials which are harder than granite.

Will granite burn?

 

No, granite can withstand heat up to 1200F. You can set hot pots on your granite countertop without worrying about charring or scorching your granite. It is not recommended to place hot pots near seams or joints.

What are seams and do I need them?

 

Seams are joints where two pieces of stone meet or join together. Granite slabs are very big but larger kitchens may need a seam or two. If you have curves, arches, or really long spans of granite you will usually need seams. They are located in out of the way places. Hire a good fabricator and the seams are barely noticeable.

What is the weight of granite?

 

The weight of granite depends on its density. The average 3/4" thick granite weighs 13 pounds per square foot, 1 1/4" thick granite weighs around 18 to 20 pounds per square foot, and 2" thick granite weighs about 30 pounds per square foot. The darker stones are usually heavier than the lighter stones.

What is the thickness of a granite countertop?

 

2cm = 3/4", 3cm = 1 1/4", 3cm is the preferred thickness for granite countertops.

Will my cabinets support granite countertops?

 

Most cabinets will as long as they're sturdy. Granite spreads its weight out like a waterbed does. Your cabinets may need to be reinforced if they are not sturdy enough.

 

Do I need underlayment?

 

Not with 1 1/4" granite. If you plan to use 3/4", you may. It depends on the type of granite you choose. Please consult with the experts at Cox's Fine Floors; we are here to help you.

What are some of the uses of granite?

 

Granite is used on exteriors and interiors of homes and commercial buildings. The most common uses are for headstones and kitchen countertops. Some other examples include: fireplaces, bars, vanities, sinks, cabinet handles, outlet switch plate covers, tables, walls, benches, fountains, shower surrounds, and flooring. If you can imagine it, you can use granite.

What is a fabricator?

 

A fabricator is the "granite or stone guy" who measures, cuts, shapes, and polishes the edges of your stone. He should also be able to answer any of your questions on specific granites and help you locate your stone of choice.

How long does it take to install my granite countertops?

 

The actual granite installation usually takes a day or two depending on the size of your job. Preparations before installation, such as cutting, polishing and getting your stone to the shop can take anywhere from a week to a month or so.