Strong, durable, and with thousands of colors and varieties, granite is a popular and well-known natural stone. Whether used on countertops, floors, or shower walls, granite is a visually striking item that can add to the resale value of your home.
Granite's smooth polished surface, durability, and bold colors make it a popular option for counters, floors, and walls. It is durable enough
to be used in kitchens and on high-traffic floors; all it needs is a sealer to protect it from staining and a stone-specific cleaner to help extend it's life.
When using granite on a floor, take a moment to consider slip resistance. A polished surface can be incredibly hazardous in an entryway, kitchen, or bathroom where someone with wet feet can slip and fall. If you have your heart set on a granite floor but are concerned about safety, we recommend using Miracle 511 Anti-Slip Formula to add a layer of traction without detracting from the beauty of your stone.
The clean, seamless look of a solid surface granite countertop is both beautiful and timeless. We can order almost every available color of granite in a solid surface form; and we'll give you a competitive price quote that includes the cost of materials, fabrication, and installation. We even have a special partnership with a local fabricator; you can get select popular granite colors starting at just $49 per square foot installed! Learn more about our granite countertop program!
Many people falsely believe that because granite is polished, it's non-porous or doesn't need sealing. But granite is a porous natural stone, and as such it needs a sealer to protect it from staining. A cheap, low-quality sealer will wear off in as little as six months and can discolor natural stone and release chemical fumes, so invest in a high-quality sealer.
For polished granite, we recommend 511 H2O Plus, a 10-year sealer that won't affect the look of your granite. This water-based sealer is safe for food-prep areas, so there are no harmful chemicals in your kitchen counters.
Do NOT use a solvent-based sealer on granite. Many granite slabs have a wax coating for increased shine, and the solvent will dissolve the wax, creating a messy, uneven surface.
To learn more about the different types of sealers, visit our Sealer page.
Granite is extremely durable, and can withstand most basic houshold cleaners. However, to extend the lifetime of your granite and protect its polished surface, we recommend a stone specific cleaner such as Kleen & Reseal to keep your stone in pristine shape. Kleen & Reseal adds a little bit of sealer with each cleaner, extending the life of your sealer.
Avoid strong cleaners and chemicals. Ammonia-based window cleaners, all natural cleaners with an acid base (citrus or vinegar), and bleach-infused cleaning wipes will dull your granite and remove your sealer with repeated use.
To disinfect and kill germs, we recommend isopropyl alcohol. It will kill bacteria without harming the granite.
As long as you have a good stone cleaner and a long-lasting sealer on your granite, it will stay beautiful for a very long time.
To learn more about taking care of natural stone, visit our Cleaning and Maintenance page.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas emitted by a wide range of natural stones, soil, and water. It seeps into the air and, in large quantities, can cause health issues and cancer.
Over the past decade, there has been a lot of talk and concerns about the levels of radon gas emitted by granite tiles and countertops.
The truth is: Yes, granite emits radon. But don't swear off the stone just yet: dozens of studies by scientists and the EPA have measured the radon output of hundreds of granite colors, and found radon levels to be far, far lower than the amount that the EPA considers safe. Claims of unacceptably high radon output have been criticized. The soil under your house is much more likely to emit radon than the granite slab in your kitchen, as illustrated in the chart below.
The Marble Institute of America, the authority on stone reasearch and knowledge for construction in the US, published a fact sheet on Granite and Radon, and continually publishes the findings of scientific research into the safety of natural stone.
We recommend the Safe Granite Blog for more links, studies, and information about radon levels and granite.
If you are still concerned about radon levels but want to keep granite as an option, consider buying a radon test kit. These cost $15-$26, depending upon the kit.
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