out why granite slabs for GTA homes are a favourite among Torontonians. Read
some of the myths about granite, and how they can be debunked.
One of the most popular home
accents for discerning homeowners is the granite countertop. This natural stone
is tough, durable, easy to clean and maintain, and beautifully unique. However,
you’ll find information online that raises questions about granite. Sometimes
companies that sell alternatives to natural stone inflate minor concerns or
perpetrate myths about granite. To learn about some of the so-called
disadvantages of granite countertops, continue reading.
Myths About Granite
is expensive. Granite is, in fact, more expensive than
laminate or other types of synthetic countertops. However, when you factor in
how durable granite is, its cost-effectiveness becomes clear. Granite endures,
and a well maintained granite countertop will last the lifetime of your home –
and beyond! Also, because granite is available in many different varieties, the
price varies. Many types of granite are comparable in price to other countertop
Some critics assert that granite countertops are so heavy that
they cause problems for cabinets. Anyone who has a granite countertop can tell
you that a well-built kitchen or bathroom cabinets can easily accommodate
stone. However, the weight of a granite countertop does mean that you will need
a professional installer.
is onerous. Maintaining a granite countertop generally takes less than an
hour once a year. Simply clean the countertop, spray sealer on, leave it for
fifteen minutes, then wipe away the excess.
can stain granite. In fact, as long as you maintain
your countertop and avoid leaving acidic liquids on the surface for periods of
time, staining is rare.
can stain granite. It’s true that bleach or other
harsh cleansers may stain granite. However, there’s no reason to use bleach,
since granite can be cleaned adequately with plain soap and water. Besides, bleach
can also be toxic to humans.
is released from granite. Some granites could contain uranium
and could emit radon. However, in the vast majority of cases, these levels are
not expected to be significant. Health Canada completed a study in February
2010 of 33 types of granite commonly purchased in Canada and none were found to
have significant levels of radon.
easy to replace. Replacing a granite countertop can take some
time and effort. Fortunately, homeowners rarely get tired of their beautiful,
durable, natural stone countertops!
The best way to learn more about
granite and how to select a slab is to visit a GTA stone supplier. The best
companies import and distribute stone, and can tell you everything you need to
know about it. These importers often maintain a large showroom with hundreds of
types of stone. You’ll see granite in neutral tones, jewel tones, highly
patterned, subtly patterned, and everything in between.
Suppliers don’t sell to the
general public, only to fabricators, but you can shop for the slab you want,
and "tag” or reserve it. The supplier will fax the fabricator all the necessary
details so that he/she can order it on your behalf.
Choose durable, beautiful granite
for your home – it’s a rock solid choice!