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The Mangnall Family from Cambridge, April 2009

Best Wishes for 2009. Thank you again for our beautiful kitchen counters. We really love it so much! The Mangnall Family from Cambridge.

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  • What is granite?
  • What are the benefits for using granite on the kitchen countertop?
  • Why are granites priced so differently?
  • What is the thickness of the granite slab?
  • Where do granites come from?
  • Can granite crack, scratch or burn?
  • How often does granite need to be sealed?
  • What is quartz?
  • What are the differences between granite and quartz?
  • What is marble?
  • Is marble suitable for a kitchen countertop?
  • What are the differences between granite and marble?
  •    What is granite?
    It is a completely natural stone composing of quartz, feldspar, black micas and other minerals.

       What are the benefits for using granite on the kitchen countertop?
    • Enhance your life style. Each piece of granite is unique and natural, and provides you with an exceptional addition of elegance to your home.
    • Last a lifetime. Granite is obviously more durable than laminate, tile, and wood, and can last for life.
    • Increase the value of your home. Having granite countertops is an investment with guaranteed return because they can significantly increase the selling price of your home.


       Why are granites priced so differently?
    Price depends on colour, rarity, the degree of difficulty in quarrying and shipping.

       What is the thickness of the granite slab?
    2 cm (3/4") or 3 cm (1 1/4"). The slab in 2cm (3/4") thickness is widely used on the countertop, and has more colour seletions.

       Where do granites come from?
    Granites are quarried all over the world. They mainly come from India, Brazil, Italy, U.S.A. and China.

       Can granite crack, scratch or burn?
    No. Granite is the most susceptible to cracks during the shipping and installation. Once it is installed, normal use will not overstress this durable material. Granite can be used as a cutting board and still not scratch. You can place a hot pan directly from the oven on it without burning.

       How often does granite need to be sealed?
    Granite needs to be sealed at lease once a year. Please look at our Granite Maintenance on how to seal your granite countertop.

       What is quartz?
    It is an engineered stone composing of 93% quartz and 7% resin.

       What are the differences between granite and quartz?
    Granite
    • Granite is a completely natural stone.
    • The colour, pattern and vein may widely vary on each granite piece.
    • Granite needs to be sealed at least once a year.
    • Price for granite varies significantly depending on colour.
    Quartz
    • Quartz is the man-made stone.
    • The colour, pattern and vein are very uniform on each quartz piece.
    • Quartz never needs to be sealed.
    • Price for quartz does not vary significantly.


       What is marble?
    It is a metamorphic limestone.

       Is marble suitable for a kitchen countertop?
    No. Marble is not as dense as granite and quartz. It is more porous and susceptible to being stained in a highly used area. In addition, it is much softer and it will chip and crack under frequent use. Therefore, marble is recommended to be used on fireplaces surrounds, tabletops, vanities, floor and shower panelling.

       What are the differences between granite and marble?
    Granite
    • Granite is highly dense material composed deep inside the earth.
    • Granite is dense enough to be used on the frequent use surface.
    • Granite has more colour selections.
    Marble
    • Marble is formed from sediments under the seabed.
    • Marble is not dense enough to be used on the frequent use surface.
    • Marble has fewer colour selections.


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