Natural Stone Questions

Natural Stone is the most durable architectural building stone. This igneous rock is comprised mainly of quartz, graphite, mica and other minerals. The increasing popularity of this stone is a testament to its beauty, versatility and consistency. Used in a wide array of commercial and residential applications, granite is ideal for tile floors, walls and countertops, as well as exterior applications such as pavers and wall cladding. Granite is quarried worldwide, with the most exotic colors coming from Brazil, India, Finland, North America, China and Southern Africa. New quarries are discovered each year further enhancing color choices and keeping prices in check.

Why choose granite counter tops over synthetic materials?
Granite has become today’s countertop of choice for architects, cabinetmakers, kitchen designers and contractors. A granite countertop is virtually impervious to abrasions, stains and extreme heat. Additionally, the inherent qualities of granite — its color, patterns and shades— compliment any decor.

What’s the difference between polished and honed finishes?
 Honed finishes can be described as having a flat or low sheen gloss, giving the stone a softer look. Polished finishes can be described as glossy or highly reflective in appearance, giving the stone a smooth, sleek look.

Do I need to seal my natural stone? 
 To minimize or prevent staining, Accent Marble & Granite recommends sealing all granite, marble and travertine surfaces. Over time, the sealer will wear away making it necessary to reapply. Depending on usage and traffic patterns, your natural stone surfaces should be sealed every 6 to 12 months.

My granite kitchen counter top doesn’t look exactly like my sample. Why?
Granite is an organic substance and just as no two people are exactly alike, no two samples of granite will be either. The composition of minerals and the deposit it was quarried from all play a part in the appearance of granite. At Accent Marble & Granite, after selecting a sample, our customers then select the exact block of stone from which we fabricate their surface.

Is there Radon in granite countertops?
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