What Everybody Ought to Know About Granite Tile Countertops
Thinking about installing granite countertops in your kitchen or bathroom? They add elegance to your home now and value to it throughout the years. Granite is a great choice for many reasons. With the proper selection and care, granite will continue to welcome you home for many decades.
Granite is a naturally occurring stone. Mainly igneous rock, it is formed by the crystallization of molten rock and undergoes huge amounts of heat and pressure over time. Several different types are sold commercially including other volcanic-origin stone sold as "granite":
• True granite
• Larvikytes (labradorite)
Favored above many other stone countertops, granite is valued for its resistance to acids and its hardness. It is a porous stone and can be stained or damaged if not sealed before use.
On the other hand, tiles are easier to work with because they are smaller and lighter. They come precut and perfectly square. You can pick from several different shapes and measurements.
The main difference between slab and tile are the seams. Tiles obviously have many seams or grout lines. Slabs generally have seams unless your get a slab large enough for your entire counter. But slabs have far less seams than tiles.
Granite countertops in your bathroom or kitchen will last a long time and look great with the right care. They maintain their polished surface and look new even a decade later.
After your countertop is installed, protect it with a sealer. Sealing it doesn’t make it impervious, but it does help it repel stains and resist cloudiness or scratches.
Ensure that the counter has been dry for at least 6 hours then apply a liquid or spray sealer, let sit for 30 minutes and wipe the excess with a soft, clean cloth. You can apply a second coat 24 hours later if you desire. Reseal your countertops about every two years.
Granite is porous so it's a good idea to keep counters as dry as possible. Use coasters under drinks-especially drinks with alcohol or citrus juice-and clean up spills promptly. Do not place hot items directly on the countertop.
Clean countertops with a non-abrasive, neutral cleaner. You can buy stone soaps or simply use a mild dishwashing detergent. Rinse it and dry well to avoid streaks. Keep acid and abrasive materials away from your granite.
A couple times per year you'll want to polish your granite countertops, so they remain smooth and reflective. Use a granite polishing compound and apply with a clean, soft cloth.
Take a look at Daltile’s selection of granite tile and slabs for your kitchen or bath countertops. You'll never regret their lasting beauty and resilience.