Solid Surface Granite, Quartzite, Marble, & Natural Stone Countertops


Tile Lines designers Lori and Heidi look at a granite slab in a slab warehouse.

There are thousands of natural stone slab colors, and we can install them all for you!

 

Because natural stone is a product of nature, no two slabs are exactly alike, and we highly recommend seeing the material in person before making purchasing decisions.

 

You can visit one of our many natural stone slab suppliers and schedule a tour of their warehouses to see a wide selection of the many different colors of natural stone and hand select your slab.

 

You can also check out our remnant page for smaller projects

 

You'll pay for the whole slab + fabrication by the square foot. 

 

If you place a slab on hold, email us the hold info and a drawing of your space with dimensions and we can get you a quote.

 

Quartz Countertops

Kitchen with Cambria Annicca quartz countertops, white cabinets, and white subway tile backsplash.

Tile Countertops

Looking to save a little money? Consider a tile countertop! Large format porcelain tiles create a durable, low-maintenance countertop surface with almost no grout lines. You can use natural stone, ceramic, even glass tiles on your countertops.


Granite Care & Maintenance

Courtesy of our friends at FloForm Countertops

 

To keep your granite countertop looking good for a lifetime, it is important to follow proper care and use procedures:

 

BLOT UP SPILLS IMMEDIATELY

Acidic substances must be avoided on countertops. Substances like wine, tomato sauce, fruit juices, alcoholic beverages, coffee, and soft drinks won’t necessarily etch the granite but they can stain the surface if neglected. Cooking oils can also leave stains, if not wiped up immediately.

 

SPONGE OR SOFT CLOTH FOR CLEANING

For regular cleaning, as well as blotting up spilled liquids, use a paper towel, sponge, damp rag or a soft cloth. Warm water and mild soap can be used to clean the granite. Excessive and repeated use of soap can cause the surface to become dull. Steel wool or other abrasive cleaning products should NOT be used to clean the surface.

 

AVOID HARSH CLEANING PRODUCTS

Bleach, kitchen degreasers, and glass cleaners contain acids, alkalis, and other chemicals. These

harsh cleaners can degrade the sealer, thereby making the granite susceptible to staining. Bathroom grout, tile, or tub cleaners must be strictly avoided. Ammonia, vinegar, orange, or lemon must also NOT be used as cleaners.

 

AVOID ADDING WEIGHT TO COUNTERTOP EDGES

It is important to avoid putting unnecessary weight on the edges of the countertops. Increased

pressure and weight can lead to damage of the edges. Activities such as using the countertop to

climb up to clean something, change a light bulb, reach a shelf, etc. must be avoided.

 

USE CUTTING BOARDS

Granite is scratch resistant; however, this does not imply that one can use the countertop in place of a cutting board. Cutting boards must be used and all possibilities of causing scratches must be

avoided. Cutting on granite will not only dull the stone, but will also damage the knife's edge.

 

Note: You should not put hot pots or pans directly on your granite countertops. Read our article to learn more!

 

USE HOT PADS OR TRIVETS

Granite countertops can resist heat but is not heat proof. The surface comprises soft, thin strips of minerals that lack enough surface area to absorb all the heat from the hot pots and pans, thereby resulting in chipping and cracking of the surface. 

 

APPLY SEALANT FOR PROTECTION

Application of sealant on granite countertops, either semi-annually or annually, helps protect the surface from damage. Sealers do not eliminate staining; however, they do increase the window

period of stain blotting time. Sealers generally need to be reapplied every year.

What about Radon in granite? Is granite a health risk?

The short answer: Yes, granite emits radon, but not enough to be harmful. 

 

The long answer: 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 few decades, there has been a lot of talk and concern 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 the EPA, the American Association of Radon Scientists & Technologists, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, and others have measured the radon output of hundreds of granite colors, and found radon levels to be far, far below the level EPA considers harmful. Granite countertops are harmless. Claims of unacceptably high radon output have been criticized. The soil around your house is going to emit far more radon than the granite slab in your kitchen, as illustrated in the chart below.

Pie chart graph on Radon sources: almost 70% is from soil, only 2.5% is from building materials such as granite.
This chart from the Marble Institute of America illustrates the sources of radon in the air we breathe. Less than 3% comes from building materials such as granite!

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, you should have your overall air quality tested by a reputable radon testing organization. 


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