Are Granite Countertops Safe?

You may have read about granite countertop safety in the media. In this blog post we’ll break down the safety claims and most accurate reports we’ve found.

What is radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of stone and rock. Radon is also found in many other materials in your home.

Is radon a possibility with granite?
Like all types of stone, granite may contain decaying radioactive components like thorium, radium, and uranium. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that some stone can contain a greater amount of these components than others. These radioactive components are solids, but, after some time, they may decay into radon.

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Common Problems with Granite Countertops and How To Avoid/Fix Them

Granite is a durable material under most circumstances and will last for many years. Granite countertops can’t be matched for their unparalleled beauty; few other countertop materials can compete with the look of granite. Granite countertops are made from a natural product with a timeless look and classic appeal. In this post, we outline a few of the most common problems with granite countertops and what you can do to ensure your countertops will look great in the years to come.

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4 Pitfalls of Granite Countertop Installation and How to Avoid Them

The typical granite countertop involves several steps both in your home and in our showroom. Installation usually goes something like this:

Design Consultation
During the design consultation we work with you to understand your goals, style preferences, timing, and budget. If you have a kitchen project, you will also select an undermount sink from our collection of sinks.

Selecting the Slab
After we have spent some time understanding your personal style, your home and your budget we will look at the slabs we have on site in our granite yard to see if there is one for your project. More options can be viewed at our 3 local suppliers; they have warehouses with endless options. Selecting the slab is important because each color can vary when compared to samples or pictures.

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Are Granite Countertops Outdated In 2016?

We get asked a variety of questions in our showroom. One that is consistently raised is, “Are granite countertops outdated in 2016?” It may be asked in a few other ways as well, and we’ll provide insight into this and related questions.

In order for something to be considered outdated, it has to fall out of favor and be criticized by designers and the mainstream press. From a quick search of industry forums, real estate forums and websites like Houzz, we don’t have reason to think that it's falling out of favor.

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5 Questions You Should Ask Your Granite Countertop Designer & Fabricator

  1. As a granite countertop fabricator, are you fully insured?
    We are incorporated by the state of North Carolina, licensed by the city of Kernersville, a member of the Greensboro Builders Association, Better Business Bureau, and carry business insurance. Any granite company you are considering dealing with should have similar associations and insurance. If you are unsure about a company check with the Better Business Bureau, review online reviews and ask for references.

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Shari

We just had Marble Granite World replace our laminate counter tops with beautiful, exotic granite. It feels like we have a work of art from "Mother Nature" gracing our home. It has definitely improved the value of our home and made such a difference in the feel and function of...

Mark Folsom

I recently had my kitchen counter tops replaced with beautiful granite by Marble Granite World. Mr Anise Hage was very professional and friendly as he handled the Laser measuring, custom cutting and installation of my counter tops. It was all done in a timely manner and I would recommend Marble...

The Burtons

Recently replaced my Corian countertops with granite. I researched the web, visited other suppliers read testimonials and decided to use Marble &Granite World because of the great attitude of Anise Hage. He was very helpful explaining the differences of the granite slabs,walking us through the installation process, offering suggestions and...

The Christy‘s

We had our kitchen counter tops done with granite by Marble Granite World. Their estimate was very fair and with turn key installation,including sink, was unbeatable. The work done was excellent. Anise was very easy to work with and everything to do with the job was handled professionally. We are...

Barbara K

Moving and renovating is not an easy task. Decisions too many to name. One investment, granite counter tops is a huge decision. Our experience with Marble Granite World was terrific. From our first introduction through installation this process was unhurried, thoughtful, and our kitchen could not be more beautiful. Many...