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.
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.
The typical granite countertop involves several steps both in your home and in our showroom. Installation usually goes something like this:
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.
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 One that is consistently raised is, “Are granite countertops outdated in 2016?”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In order for something to be considered outdated, it has to fall out of favor and be criticized by designers and the mainstream press.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.
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.