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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I install Granite Countertops?
Granite countertops are very popular and add value to the home, especially when installed in kitchens and bathrooms. Granite is one of the hardest natural materials, and therefore, the granite countertops are virtually scratch resistant. Since granite is a natural material and each slab is different than the next, even among the same materials, it will never be dated or go out of style like other countertop materials.

There are many companies that offer Granite countertops, why should I choose Granite Direct?
Granite Direct imports it’s granite directly from the quarries in Brazil and India.  With no middle-men and low overhead we can offer unbeatable material prices. In addition, we also offer fabrication and installation services, together with a selection of kitchen and bathroom sinks, including the popular Blanco brand.  Convenience and value, we truly are a one-stop shop!

I am concerned about staining of granite countertops, how can I prevent it?
Granite, as with all natural stone is porous and, therefore, can absorb liquids like red wine, juice, etc…which, if allowed to sit on the stone for an extended period of time can stain your countertops.  The application of a natural stone sealer, along with regular cleaning using a non-toxic natural cleanser, can help prevent these stains from forming.  All of our installations are sealed, however, we suggest re-sealing every year or so to help preserve and protect your investment.  If you do not want to re-seal your granite annually, we also offer an industrial sealant called Hydroshield which is applied in our climate controlled warehouse and comes with a 15 year warranty!

What maintenance is required for granite countertops?
Granite and other natural stone surfaces should be cleaned with products specifically made for this purpose (stone cleaners).  We suggest using non-toxic, non-abrasive natural cleaners, or even a simple solution of warm soap and water.  Harsh chemical cleaners, such as bleach or ammonia, will strip away the sealer, potentially discolor and expose your granite to stains.  If maintained correctly, your new granite countertops should last a lifetime.
What are the pros and cons of Prefabricated Granite Countertops?
Prefabricated granite countertops come already cut into a standard kitchen cabinet depth and have an edge already fabricated.  For very small projects, a prefabricated top sometimes makes sense, however, with the price of granite becoming more affordable and the labor required at the quarry to prefabricate this material, in instances where 2 or more prefabricated tops are required, a full slab of granite will be more economical and will provide you with more material, which in turn offers more flexibility in your design.