CAN GRANITE CRACK?
Not with ordinary use. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during shipping and installation. Normal use will not crack granite.
DOES GRANITE HARBOR BACTERIA?
Granite continues to be used and approved in food and medical applications.The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has no records of granite harboring bacteria, and has no reports of people becoming ill from bacteria in granite. With regular cleaning, granite is far less likely to support bacteria than butcher block or even laminated materials.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTER TOPS OVER SYNTHETIC MATERIALS?
Granite has become today’s countertop of choice for architects, cabinetmakers, kitchen designers and contractors. A granite countertop is virtually impervious to abrasions, stains and extreme heat. Additionally, the inherent qualities of granite — its color, patterns and shades — compliment any décor.
CAN GRANITE BE REPAIRED?
It is very hard to damage granite. If any damage occurs it can be sealed with a mixture of epoxy and ground up chips of the granite.
WHAT IS CAMBRIA?
Cambria is a natural, quartz surfacing product that has a variety of uses in your home or business such as countertops, floor tile, vanities, fireplace surrounds, wet bars, showers, etc. Cambria is pure, natural quartz, one of the hardest and most common minerals on Earth. Some of Cambria’s designs have the natural look and feel of granite, marble and other quarried stones, but features superior performance because of its strength and durability. It is nonporous and will not absorb food and liquids like granite does. And best of all, it is maintenance-free.
HOW DOES CAMBRIA COMPARE TO GRANITE?
Cambria is 93% quartz, a natural stone. Quartz is the extremely hard mineral that gives Cambria its strength. Granite is only about 40% to 60% quartz, along with other softer minerals and impurities. With Cambria, you get the look and feel of granite, but receive greater strength and the benefit of it being nonporous and maintenance free. Just wash it with warm water, and use a mild soap if desired. Cambria is stain resistant and never needs sealing or reconditioning. Granite is a porous stone and needs to be sealed regularly with a chemical treatment. It can absorb liquids and food, risking potential staining and bacterial growth within the countertop.
HOW IS CAMBRIA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER QUARTZ SURFACES?
Cambria is the only American company in the quartz surfaces business. Cambria's design options are also significantly different, reflecting our knowledge and responsiveness to the marketplace. Additionally, Cambria is a family-owned company with more than 60 years of manufacturing experience.
IS CAMBRIA NATURAL STONE?
Yes. Cambria is pure natural quartz. Quartz is the extremely hard mineral that gives Cambria its strength. Granite is only about 40% to 60% quartz, along with other softer minerals and impurities. Our unique process results in a natural stone product of uncommon beauty and superior strength. It's stronger than granite and is
IS CAMBRIA SAFE FOR FOOD PREP AREAS?
Yes, Cambria is nonporous and is NSF* 51 certified for
food and splash zones in commercial kitchens. There is
no safer countertop for food preparation. * NSF International
is The Public Health and Safety Company™
WHAT ARE THE UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS OF CAMBRIA?
BEAUTY - Cambria is available in more than 120 designs. These distinct designs boast the natural beauty and variation of quarry cut stone.
STRONG - Diamond-like hardness, superior strength. Cambria is stronger than granite.
MAINTENANCE-FREE - No sealing or polishing required. Simply wash it with warm water, use mild soap if desired. It's that simple.
FOOD SAFE - Cambria is nonporous and is NSF 51 certified for food and splash zone use. Rest assured, there is no safer surface for consumers.
STAIN RESISTANT - Cambria will resist stains from common household items such as coffee, tea and wine.
GUARANTEED - Cambria also offers a LIFETIME LIMITED WARRANTY.
CAN I SET HOT POTS ON MY GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?
Granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure combined beneath the
earth’s crust. It cannot be affected by heat from a cook top or frying pan.
Granite will not burn with ordinary use. It is perfectly ok to set hot pots or
pans directly from the stove or oven onto granite.
DOES GRANITE STAIN?
In general, no. All stone, however, is porous to some extent, but granite has very little porosity. Most colors will never show any moisture. A few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact. For example, a puddle of water left on the counter may show a dark spot when the water is wiped away.Usually, no evidence remains once the liquid is removed and the granite dries. Our granite is sealed before installation and with proper maintenance staining should not be a problem.
ARE SEAMS NECESSARY ON GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?
Because granite is a natural material and is mined from the quarry in blocks usually no more than 10 feet long, you may have a seam. The visibility of seams depends on the granularity, color and pattern of the granite. A small uniform grain will not be as apparent as a larger varied grain. A seam in a dark color will be less apparent than a seam in a light color. A dramatic pattern with swaths of color will show more seams than a uniform pattern.
HOW ARE SEAMS MADE?
Seams are made where two pieces of stone are put together. The seams are joined with an epoxy that is mixed with the color that matches the stone. Then the joined area is smoothened, leaving only a very thin line visible.
WHAT IS ETCHING?
Etching happens when acid in some form comes in contact with a polished marble or limestone surface.
This causes a chemical reaction, which removes the polish, or roughens the surface of honed marble or limestone.
Green marbles, such as the “jades” from China are resistant to etching, and granite is impervious
to any common household acids.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN GRANITE?
Granite is sealed before it is installed. This will ensure lasting life and beauty. Granite may be cleaned with a mild phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish soap, soap flakes or powder, which contains aromatics. Granite should always be cleaned and sealed with cleaning products specifically designed for natural stone.
CAN I CUT ON MY GRANITE COUNTERTOP?
Cutting on your Granite countertops will not harm your granite. Granite is actually harder than your knife and will quickly dull your blade.
CAN MY GRANITE COUNTERTOP BE DAMAGED?
Granite is a very durable stone. It is much harder than marble. Granite has been used in the past in the commercial industry and will withstand almost any element it comes up against including cold and heat. High impact blows can harm granite just like any other solid surface. Because of its crystalline structure, granite can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture.Granite that is not sealed properly may absorb stains such as oils, which may cause dark spots or discoloration. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not harm granite under normal conditions.
WILL MY GRANITE COUNTER TOP HAVE PITS ON THE SURFACE?
Granite, which is crystalline in structure, always has tiny pits (spaces between the various mineral crystals). You do not see them on a larger piece because the overall appearance is polished and mirror-like. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure that formed the granite ages ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of the stone and will not impair the function or durability of the granite.
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