What is granite?
“Granite” describes stones that originate from deep in the earth’s molten mantle. As this lava-hot material rises and cools, it forms a crystalline, granular structure, which is where its name comes from. Such stones are made up of minerals such as quarts, feldspar and mica. These combinations create a very hard stone ideal for kitchen counters because its polish is resistant to household acids such as citrus and vinegar, which would usually damage marble. Granite is durable enough to resist mild scratching from knives and pots and pans.
Why is granite good for kitchen counters?
Because granite is very hard stone that’s formed at very high temperatures deep in the earth, its polish is not sensitive to etching by household acids, or scratching by knives and pots and pans. It is also resistant to high temperatures of up to 400 degrees Celsius, although we suggest you don’t put your surface to the test in this area, in case you cause permanent damage.
Can granite be damaged?
Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp, hard objects. Without sealing, granite’s porous quality makes it susceptible to stains, leading to dark spots or discolouration. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids shouldn’t affect granite under normal circumstances.
What is the difference between natural stone and man-made stone?
Natural stone is natural product, Man Made stone is an engineered product.
How is quartz stone formed?
Quartz is composed of 92-93% natural quartz and 7-8% resin bonding materials.
How do I clean and maintain quartz and granite tops?
Simply wipe with warm water and soap using a damp cloth or paper towel. Normal cleaning with a damp cloth will keep your tops polished surface looking like new and to avoid dulling the surface, be sure to use a non-abrasive cleaner.
Can quartz and granite countertops be repaired?
Quartz and granite countertops are very hard to damage, if any damage occurs you should call us.
Can quartz be used outdoors?
No, we implore you to look at our granite options for outdoor use.
What is the appropriate thickness for kitchen tops and vanity tops?
Slabs are manufactured in either 20mm and 30mm and are strong enough for any domestic application. The tops can then be built up to any thickness by Proline Granite to give the required aesthetic appeal to meet your design requirements.