FAQ

 faq - stone countertop

Countertops

Will my counter tops have seams?

Because granite is usually sold in slabs no more than 66″ X 112″ (approx.), most kitchen counter tops would have seams. But this is also based on a sink or cook top cut outs, material, location of installation at job site and other factors. The placement of a seam is determined at the time of template or fabrication. Many slabs are even smaller depending on how fragile they are (especially marble, lime stone & travertine)

What is the difference between granite and marble?

Besides the fact that both the products are natural stones and can be polished, they are otherwise very different. Marble is generally a calcious stone, formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite is an igneous rock, essentially molten magma, which is cooled and then hardened below the earth’s surface.

Is granite absorbent?

Granite qualifies as impervious to water and is actually less absorbent than some solid surface (plastic) products. Granite is commonly used for commercial buildings due to its ability to withstand gale force winds and rain, and all of nature’s elements.

How do I take care of my counter tops?

  1. Always clean up spills immediately.
  2. Use a clean dry cloth for best results.
  3. Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner, such as mild liquid dish washing detergent and warm water.
  4. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
  5. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and wipe until dry with a soft cloth.
  6. Re-seal granite & marble twice a year. Sealers are easily available at GranBrazil or home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s.

*Do not use any products with acid, lemon juice, vinegar or anything abrasive.

Does granite lose its polish over the years?

    While this may be true of marble, granite will shine years from now just as if it was brand new giving you lasting beauty for years to come. Granite is highly scratch resistant and will not show wear from daily use.

Does granite require a lot of maintenance?

Routine cleaning with mild soap and water is all that is generally required. Twice a year, a re-application of a penetrating sealer should be performed, which only takes a few minutes.

Does heat cause granite to chip and crack?

Granite has a high heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans without damage. Impact from a heavy object may chip granite, but heat less than 1500 degrees F will not affect your counter top.

Can I cut on my counter tops?

The only thing that will cut into or scratch granite is diamonds and gem stones. You can rest assured that common kitchen knives and utensils are no match for the absolute hardness of a granite top. It is highly recommended that you still use a cutting board when cutting on your countertops.

Will my granite look like the sample?

Store samples and the samples you see on the website may not be absolutely consistent due to variations in natural material, computer systems, monitors and software compression. Marble and granite are natural stones created by the forces of nature. They are composed of various minerals and are susceptible to wide variations in color, texture, spotting, veining and cracking. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty. GranBrazil recommends you choose your slabs before we fabricate your surface to assure there is no surprises of material shade and characteristics.


Can I use marble on for my kitchen counter tops?

It is not recommended to use marble as kitchen counters because marbles (and limestone and travertine) are calcium carbonate, and their polished surface is more vulnerable to household acids including vinegar, mustard, catsup, citrus and a host of other food-related products. These acidic substances cause a chemical reaction, which will remove the polish. Additionally, marble and limestone can be scratched more easily than harder stones such as granite. Marble is, however, sometimes used in the kitchen as a pastry slab; its perfectly smooth, cool surface is ideal for rolling out dough and pie crusts.


I've noticed some granites and marbles have pits & fissures on the surface - will I have these on my counter or vanity tops?

Granite, which is crystalline in structure, always has tiny pits – spaces between the various mineral crystals. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure that formed the granite eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material. A product of nature cannot be expected to look man made. All natural stone will also have the same natural characteristics.

Is granite expensive?

Granite is usually competitively priced compared to other high-end surfacing materials. Comparing the price of granite to other popularly famed “luxury surfaces” – Granite offers you an unmatched value with its natural beauty, elegance and longevity.

Is etching the same as a stain?

No, etching is usually caused by a harsh cleaning product or citric acid product and will remove the polish or shine from the material. A stain is something that has soaked in or penetrated the material and can usually be removed.

faq stainless steel sink

Sinks

What type of stainless steel is your sinks made from?

Our sinks are made from cold-rolled, high-quality 304 stainless steel.

Are your sinks comparable to name brand sinks such as Blanco, Kohler, Elkay, & Franke?

Yes our sinks are comparable to other name brand sinks. We use the same type of high quality steel as many of our competitors. There will be variances in the brushed finish look between all companies.


What is the finish on the sink?

Sinks are brushed finish including the top plate. Brushed finish helps to mask any scratches that appear from normal everyday use.

What should I do if my sink gets scratched?

All stainless steel sinks will have scratches with normal use. Usually these are fine unnoticed scratches.

What is the best gauge of sink you can buy?

Best gauge is the lower the number the thicker the gauge sink. Average good quality is an 18 gauge sink. Cheaper sinks and common top mount sinks usually employ 20-24 gauge steel. All of our sinks are made from a thick durable 16 gauge top plate and 18 gauge bowls.

Are there accessories available for your sinks?

Yes we have strainer/drain combos for all of our stainless steel sinks. These include a topside stainless steel basket and attachment and an underside rubber gasket and pvc drain. We also carry a full set of stainless steel grids for all models of sinks. Currently there are no accessories for our porcelain model sinks.

Reversed bowls are available for all of our stainless steel offset sinks.