Kitchen Countertops FAQ
Can you cut on granite or marble
Granite countertop is an
extremely tough, durable material and in most cases can be used as a
cutting surface without fear of scratching the stone, although
repeated cutting on granite may dull knives. Using marble countertop
as a cutting surface will result in scratches as if cutting on a
piece of wood.
Can you set hot pans on granite
or marble countertop?
Granite countertop is ideal
for kitchens because under normal conditions it will not burn and
hot pans or open flames will not harm it. Marble countertop should
not be used in kitchens as excessive heat can cause damage and
potentially leave scars or burn marks. Neither material is
Does granite or marble chip or
Granite is a very dense
material and under normal conditions it is chip and scratch
resistant. Several edge options are available that will
look beautiful and reduce the chance of chipping. Marble countertop
can be chipped and scratched under normal use and therefore, should
be used in low traffic areas and should always be treated like a
piece of fine wood.
What affects pricing of granite
and marble countertops?
There are several variables
that affect the pricing of granite and marble countertops. The
material is priced by the square foot and these costs are dependent
on the product′s standard availability and the origin of material.
The edge profile is priced by the linear foot. Additional costs,
such as cooktop or sink cutouts, fabrication costs, and special
requests are priced separately.
How do granite and marble
countertops compare to other solid surface countertops?
Granite is one of the most
durable, maintenance-free countertop materials available. Granite is
a natural material made of very hard igneous rock that is second
only in hardness and compacted strength to diamonds. As a result of
its geological composition, granite is stain, scratch, and burn
resistant. Easy to care for and much desired for its natural beauty,
granite is an investment that amortizes over time, retaining its
original appearance long after initial installation. In most cases,
granite countertops fall within the same price range as other
high-end surfacing materials.