About Natural Granite
Can heat damage natural granite?
Natural granite is heat resistant. While placing a hot pot on your natural granite countertop won’t damage the stone, it can degrade the sealer, which can lead to staining. We recommend using a hot pad or trivet to protect your countertop.
Can natural granite be scratched?
Natural granite is one of the hardest stones available. It is scratch resistant in ordinary use, but we still recommend to “use with care.” Read more in our Care and Maintenance Guide.
Does natural granite chip?
Under ordinary use, natural granite does not chip – but it may in cases of severe abuse with a hammer or impact tool. A chip can be filled by a countertop specialist using a mixture of granite dust and epoxy. Certain types of stone are more susceptible to chips due to their composition.
Can natural granite crack?
Natural granite will not crack with ordinary use. Natural granite is most susceptible to cracks during shipping and installation. Normal use will not overstress this durable material.
Does natural granite stain?
Natural granite is a porous material and therefore is subject to staining. When sealed with our SEALTru™ Countertop Protection, we warrant for a period of 15 years after installation that your countertop will be stain free if cared for according to our Care and Maintenance Guide. Read more about our 15 Year Staining Limited Warranty.
Does natural granite have variation?
Many types of natural granite contain pits and fissures that are natural characteristics of stone. Some natural granites exhibit these characteristics more than others, and the lighting of the room can make these marks more or less visible.
What is the thickness of KraftMaid natural granite?
KraftMaid natural granite is 3 cm (1¼ in) thick.
At KraftMaid®, we believe in safety above all else. Because our countertops are made from natural material, there have been concerns regarding radon emissions in natural granite. We want to put you at ease. This information was provided by the Marble Institute of America. Please visit the Marble Institute of America for more information.
Is my countertop safe?
Studies conducted by respected scientists have found that the natural granite most commonly used in U.S. countertops is safe for use in homes. In fact, the highest radon emissions ever reported in these studies would create concentrations that are significantly lower than EPA guidelines to take any action. The primary source of radon in any structure is most likely to be the soil beneath it..
What about food that is prepared directly on the natural granite surface? Is there a chance that it could absorb radiation, which later would be ingested by those eating the food?
The only way that radioactive elements can get into a meal is if they were dissolved in water and absorbed into the food. However, natural granite is one of the most insoluble materials known to man and the amount that could be dissolved is miniscule in comparison to the radioactive elements commonly found in the food (in meat or from uptake by soil or airborne particles during growth).