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Kitchen Countertops FAQ

Can you cut on granite or marble countertop?

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 flammable.

Does granite or marble chip or scratch?

Granite is a very dense material and under normal conditions it is chip and scratch resistant. However, we do not recommend a straight edge polish for countertops, especially around a sink because pots, pans, and other heavy objects may chip the sharp edge of a straight edge finish. Several other 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.