Common Myths About Granite Countertops

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Common Myths About Granite Countertops

Granite countertops can be a great way to add style to your kitchen or bathroom and increase the resale value of your home. They can remain in fashion much longer than other choices. Working with wholesale granite slabs, we hear a lot of ideas and preconceived notions that people have about granite. Some of them are true, or at least close to the truth, but others are just downright wrong. We wanted to take a moment to dispel some of the granite myths out there and set the record straight about our wholesale granite slabs and the rest of the granite options out there:

Myth #1: Granite emits harmful radon gas.

This controversy was most likely started by companies looking to profit off of products that compete with granite. In reality, the EPA currently states that the types of granite used in countertops are not increasing indoor radon levels to a significant degree. Generally, the biggest source of radon for a home is the soil beneath the home itself.

Myth #2: Granite harbors bacteria and can make you sick.

Somewhere along the line, people started to get the idea that germs would seep into the pores and nooks and crannies of granite, basically turning your granite countertops into petri dishes. But this just isn’t true. There would be no more bacteria on a granite countertops than there would be on a laminate countertop or any other kind of counter.

Myth #3: Granite is 100% heat proof.

This is one of the myths that has a grain of truth in it. High-quality granite countertops are heat resistant for most kitchen temperatures, but excessively high heat can negatively affect some granite sealers by discoloring them or making them cloudy and dull. In addition to that, quick changes in heat can put undue stress on the granite and cause harm to weak spots like natural fissures.

Myth #4: Granite will stain, and that can’t be removed.

First off, it is very difficult to stain granite. Granite is often used on the exteriors of buildings precisely for this reason. If your granite does end up absorbing a stain (usually from cooking oil), this can be removed using a poultice to draw the oils out of the stone.

There are so many different types of granite, there is bound to be one to fit any style of kitchen or bathroom. Don't buy into the granite myths out there. Contact Wholesale Granite Direct or come visit our showroom to see what kinds of granite might suit you.