Q: Why chose Granite for your kitchen project?
A: Granite is a stone with natural beauty and is very hard/expensive to reproduce granite natural patterns in artificial stone. Add more value to your property with a granite worktop in the kitchen or granite tops in a wet room. Especially if you are planing to sell the house.
Q: What is Granite?
A: Granite is an intrusive igneous rock composed mainly from quartz grains and feldspar minerals. The name of this stone comes from the Latin word “granum” which can translate into “grain”, relating to the easy visible minerals inside the stone.
Granite rock is formed when granite magma pockets slowly lose heat, trapped in the Earth’s mantle or in the lithosphere (still in debate exactly where).
Granite has a high density and close grain mineral structure. This means that this rock is very hard to stain and as such, can be used in a huge range of interior and exterior use in the construction industry. Granite can endure really harsh conditions, so is a good choice for any kitchen worktop applications.
Q: Where does natural stone come from?
A: Natural Stone comes from around the world. Various types of stone, in myriad colours and textures, are found in different countries. Much of our granite comes from Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Marble is mostly from Italy, Spain and Turkey. Slate is imported from Brazil, India and China. Soapstone is imported primarily from Brazil, while limestone comes from Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Brazil.
Q: Are you looking for exotic colours?
A: Our stocks retain most of the common design colours. We upgrade our inventory of standard colours every few weeks, so we can fulfil any project, big or small, from our stock. Any other exotic colour can be delivered to us in a few working days. Our strong and long lasting relationship with the UK importers allows us to access any new colours ranges that are being quarried and shipped every month. This means we can offer you any type and colour of granite or quartz.
Q: Can you scratch or chip granite?
A: Granite is one of the hardest stones available. It cannot be scratched through ordinary use; even a knife blade will not scratch it. It can only be scratched with specially sharpened tools designed to work with granite, like tungsten and diamond tools. Granite will chip only in cases of severe abuse with a hammer or impact tool. In the unlikely event that your granite is chipped, the mark can be filled with a mixture of granite dust and epoxy. Granite will not crack through ordinary usage.
Q: Can you stain or burn granite?
A: No. You can’t burn it through ordinary use. Granite is highly resistant to staining. The only caveat is that a few colours may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact. Usually no evidence remains when the liquid is removed and the granite dries. A problem could arise with prolonged exposure to a dark-pigmented liquid.
Q: Do Granite or Quartz countertops require special cleaning?
A: Most used house cleaning substances will not damage the granite itself, but it could affect the layer of the sealer, applied in order to close the pores in the stone. For day by day cleaning, we suggest any stone cleaner found in the DIY stores. For special occasions, you can bring up any lost shine with some Granite Polish wax cream.
Q: Will my countertops be sealed by Granite Trust?
A: Definitely! The Project Manager in charge of your project will seal the stone in front of you, in order to show how easy it is. The special Sealants used by Granite Trust will protect your stone for a period of at least 3 to 5 years.
Q: May I use my existing sink and faucet?
A: Absolutely! It is common with natural stone counter tops to use an under-mount bowl to maximize the beauty of your countertops and provide a seamless look. Single hole faucets are also used to minimize clutter and maximize utility.
Q: What do I do if I run into a problem?
A: Call us! We are very experienced in installations and can usually help you through any problem or at least suggest a course of action.
Q: Do I have to call for an appointment to come down to your place?
A: An appointment is not necessary, but we recommend it. Granite Trust is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
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