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Granite Tile Recommendations?



He could give you some tips or suggestions as far as advantages and disadvantages to this type of countertop. These ladies are so right about it being properly installed. It is uneven, so that when you put down a cutting board to chop something, the cutting board doesn’t stay flat and makes a ton of noise. We are doing it ourselves which saves a lot of money.

If you should get a stain or crack you just replace that tile not an entire slab, so it is actually better than a slab in some respects. Don’t put hot pots on it, wipe up spills, especially oil, and you should be just fine. As for stains, it is a porous surface so it will soak in liquids which can cause staining. It really is a long term investment, and will pay off if it is what you want do it. Have the cabinets been replaced or given a high end refinish so that they can carry granite?

Granite tiles can look decent, but obviously are not as nice as slab and don’t wear as well as slab.

We also thought that granite slab would be expensive, but our contractor did business at place that sells “scraps” of slab granite. He may be putting that out there so if/when you have a problem he won’t have to take responsibility. If you have tile, you have grout lines, harder to keep clean than a smooth countertop. Dishes that land on granite tend to shatter into a gazillion pieces. Granite is porous so you must treat it with care so that you avoid stains. They make granite tiles that already have a bullnosed (rounded) edge so you would not have to pay another company to do this for you. Check and see if there is a monument company or “gravestone” company in your area that does this. I much rather have a smooth surface to work with than grout crevices. Mind you he is not a skilled professional at that trade, but did a great job. There are special cleaners and polishers for granite that do a great job of protecting the surface.

I can’t say if this was caused by the granite or by me dropping something on it. Make sure there is a good stain resistant grout, and if you can, something to seal it. He could also help you in what questions you might ask the installer.

Plus, the grout between the tiles is difficult to keep clean, the counters are hard to wipe. It chips, it takes a fair bit of upkeep (because it’s porous), and like someone else said, if you drop a glass or dish on it it will shatter. It is a great way to get the granite counter tops that you want without the large price. When getting your home appraised they will just note granite and it doesn’t matter if it is slab or tile. Just educate yourself on the care of granite and you will be fine. Lots of people have granite tile and it works like the other response you got. Just do a little homework on how to care for the granite tiles you are getting.

Or are the cabinets and sink/faucet still low end where laminate would potentially match better?

Our kitchen looks no worse for the wear and it was affordable. It is not uneven, and hasn’t cracked or stained in 11 years.

Plus, if you ever drop a dish on your countertop, it is much more likely to survive the impact on laminate or solid surface than on granite. But if you decide to go with the tiles a thicker tile is best. If you try to go with a darker grout & seal it with a food safe sealer this will save you alot of trouble. If you pay very close attention to details, you can do this project very reasonable. We used to give away the slices for free, it was already polished, etc. We have had this new kitchen for 5 years now, and not one tile has popped off. However, you can only notice this if you slide a glass or plate across the counter.

I have also never had any problem with the granite tile staining. Either way, it is only about a half an inch long, and it doesn’t bother me enough to regret having granite tile.

Stainless Steel Countertops by countertopinvestigator.com

Of course, as with anything else, stainless does have some drawbacks to them that we’ll be going over here along with the benefits. Bacteria, mold and other common household germs don’t stand a chance with stainless.

This makes it perfect for families with young children that are aspiring chefs and love to work alongside mom and dad to prepare the evening meal.

As far as heat goes, feel free to put down all of your pans and pots without having to worry about any damage occurring. As an added bonus, it will stay cool during the hot summer months. You’ll end up with a tailored and elegant countertop that looks absolutely perfect once it has been laid down. This makes cleanup a breeze since there doesn’t have to be any edges between the sink and the counter.

When you need something sleek with a shiny modern look to it, look no further than stainless countertops. You need to be aware, however, that this effect is not going to last very long at all. Don’t worry though, it’s going to be the first of many and should be completely expected. After you receive your first set of scratches you won’t even worry about scratching the counter any longer. The metal is put over wood to keep the denting and dinging effect to a minimum. As well, the gauge of the metal will affect the amount of dings that appear on the counter. The same may apply for kitchen workers that spend 8 hours working at these and would sure like to see granite or quartz countertop at home instead. Although you can keep the noise down to a dull roar, the sound level can take some getting used to. If you are the type of person that would be bothered by a few fingerprints or smudge marks, be prepared to wipe the counter more often than you would another type. When it comes to inviting this metal into your home, it will all come down to personal preference.

Gman i would not recommend zinc or copper counter tops the material is very malleable and will dent very easy. Cheap commercial kitchens are typically 18-16 gauge with no backer material. If you are looking for the best kitchen countertop than you should go with granite because it looks extremely beautiful and can compliment your home in general and your kitchen in particular. I think for most homeowners the cost becomes a factor but the heavier gauge is definitely worth the investment. Any real wood ply( oak, pine, fir) with stainless properly installed will last a lifetime. It will stand up to any abuse you can dish it without batting an eye.

It’s probably the countertop option that can take the most abuse.

Now homeowners can receive all of the benefits that come with them in the convenience of their own home. You are being given the opportunity to enjoy a completely hygienic surface for preparing meals as long as you practice regular cleaning habits.

When accidents happen you can put your worries aside as a parent and simply clean up the counter without a second thought about any stains setting in.

The countertop will heat up in the area where the pot is placed, but this heat doesn’t travel along the length of the counter. Many people also have a counter that is made complete with sink attached. Because the metal is also neutral in color, it can be used in any type of kitchen. After some wear and tear your first scratch is going to appear and if you’re not prepared for it you may feel like crying. In fact, this should be recognized as one of the defining features of your new countertop. That counter sure gets a lot of wear and tear – a lot more then you’d be giving yours through regular use!

The scratches seem to miraculously blend together and look natural after a while. The best way to avoid these is to have a professional install your counter that has had a lot of experience with stainless steel. With hardwood used and a tight installation, there is less risk of dents forming. If you decide to go with metal, make sure that you talk to an expert about your various gauge options.

A nurse, for example, working in a hospital setting, may not appreciate the look of it in her home. Others that don’t even have to work with metal counters in their profession just don’t like the look of steel and consider it too cold to appear in a home. Remember when you were a child and you were bored and your mother would take out some pots and pans and a wooden spoon and allow you to bang away?

If you’re the type that doesn’t like clanging noises, this is one type of counter that you may want to stay away from.

They does tend to show smudge marks and fingerprints though and some counter owners say that you’ll be able to notice small crumbs more. You’ll find it’s an incredible material for both household and commercial use. My baby cousin was sitting on top of the counter, 6 feet away at the end, they both got a shock and my cousin was zapped and flew off the counter 4 feet and caught by my uncle. I have a dracor range, and other upscale stainless appliances so to me it is a given. They are also usually prohibitively expensive for the average homeowner. Thicker than 14 gauge is wasteful, thinner is asking for denting.

Once they get their patina the fingerprints don’t stand out as much. Granite is made up of layers of quartz and feldspar so it provides very shiny and smooth surface.

Often its an outright “move along immediately” because so much of it is so dark and all of it is hideous. Otherwise, it is difficult to determine where your counter is dirty unless you have perfect natural light. Do you think an oak plywood backing would be better than plastic?

How To Pick Your Right Material Granite Quartz Marble Solid Surface Laminate For Countertop? by china-stone-experts.com

It started out as a molten mass of magma and then formed into granite as the magma cooled deep under the surface of the earth. The characteristics of granite also make it extremely heat resistant. It provides nearly all of the benefits of natural stone without the maintenance.

Engineered stone products are non-porous and because of this require no maintenance.

Quartz countertops come in various styles and are know by their brand or manufacturer. Marble is softer and more porous than granite and it should never be used as a cutting board because it will scratch easily. Some marbles are so delicate that they even transmit light when back lit. Because of the softer and porous nature of marble, you should consiter your lifestyle and where you want to use it before deciding on marble.

But you can get laminate in just about any color or pattern you can imagine, laminate can even be made to look like other materials. So if you can get the popular look of a granite countertop from a much cheaper material, why doesn’t everyone opt for laminate instead of granite?

Laminate countertops are like four sheets of craft paper pressed together, and then coated with a permanent seal. Laminate cannot be repaired or resealed, so you’ll end up having to replace the countertop eventually. It is one of the hardest, and strongest stones that you can choose for your countertop. Granite gets it’s varied looks because it is made up of small and large grains of crystals.

Things such as keys, coins, utensils, and appliances won’t scratch it either. Engineered stone is uniform in color, pattern, and texture which unlike granite makes it much easier to provide for nearly invisible seam matching. Its crystalline form makes quartz a light-reflective, semiprecious gemstone. Unless a quartz countertops is made with 93 percent quartz it cannot claim the hardness, durability, or impermeability of a true quartz surface. It provides stain and bacterial resistance which makes it a perfect countertop choice for commercial settings such as daycare centers, hospitals and foodservice providers.

One characteristic of marble and marble type stones is that the surface of the stone can be polished to a high gloss finish. These acids will etch the stone and leave dull marks or rings. Marble will give you a wide and varied choice in colors and veining, however, the purest form of marble is white. If you love the look of marble and are comfortable with the maintenance, you will absolutely love your marble countertop. Colors and patterns run all the way through and will not wear away.

Now you can get laminate in color ranges and patterns that look just like granite. Once that seal is scratched or damaged in some other way, you get down to the material underneath.

Four Reasons To Love Your Laminate Countertops by consumerreports.org

Stains and heat weren’t a problem for laminate in our tests, but it was easily scratched by knives and isn’t repairable so if you choose it, always use a cutting board. For years some have predicted that granite was on its way out, saying it’s been overused and will become as outdated as avocado green appliances. On the up side, while granite became more popular, laminate got better looking. Cool colors and patterns have been added but until recently that ugly dark line along the laminate countertop edge remained. On the flip side, 40 percent of those asked said they would be unlikely to buy a home with laminate countertops, although that number dropped to 25 percent for first-time buyers. Laminate is inexpensive and usually costs a lot less than most other materials. Keep in mind that un like pricier materials, laminate can be replaced at a fraction of the cost.

Countertops take a lot of wear and tear so you’ll want some idea of how they’ll age before choosing a material. Wilsonart also offers decorative edges for its laminate countertops and integrated sinks are also an option.

Once you choose, have the fabricator take the final measurements—and responsibility for their accuracy.

Which Is Cheaper Stainless Steel Countertops Or Granite Countertops by answers.com

Will granite countertop edges be as shiny as the top?

One of the cheats … is to use wood stain or polyurathane on the edges.

What is the country of origin of black galaxy granite countertops?

I work for a granite and marble company, and we purchase tons of black galaxy. The best way to clean granite countertops is with a soapy sponge. Once all the soap is removed, then dry and buff with a dry towel. Are store granite and marble countertops mislabeled?

Other factors may be your location and the proximaty to a port that stone is brougt in. For front pieces, butter the back of the tile with mortar and push into place, hold in place with painters tape. What is materials only cost for granite countertop?

They are typically 2 cm with a laminated edge glued on, or 3 … cm thick. Some areas of the country sell more 2 cm, others sell mostly 3 cm.

Many shops refuse to fabricate the 2 cm due to increased breakage. There are special tools and special wheels for polishing granite. If you are talking already polished, just use a high gloss sealer. Read application on the sealer you buy, cheap sealer does not last. What is the difference between a fissure and a crack in granite countertop?

Microorganisms can grow in the pores and contaminate food on the surface. These materials, which go by many brand names, do not require sealing because they are permanently sealed with resin, but they have their own quirks. The beauty of the stone contributes to the beauty of even the most modest kitchen. Cons: expensive, but becoming more affordable; requires some maintenance; some stones absorbs stains if not sealed; knives can become dull if you cut on it; can crack if stressed or improperly installed. You can also add a few drops ofdishwashing detergent to the bottle for … added cleaning power.

You can look for real estate contracts, or companies who specialize in building new subdivisions in affluent nei… ghborhoods.

With any business it is important to figure out the values of your business first. Once you know who you are then who is you competition and what are they doing?

This perceived value should coincide with who you are as a business. Your lead acquisition costs and conversion rate will be reflected in the type of business that you are.

I have never seen this perticular stone and would love to see it. There are other countries too, but most commonly those two countries. Heterogeneous because it is made of diffrent proportionsof particular atoms or molecules. Getting into the exotics takes you up to the mid twenties, then as high as you are foolish enough to pay. The cost difference between 2 cm and 3 cm is just a few dollars on most granites.

Do not set chicken on granite, it… is the best looking but bad for food use as the granite can hold bacteria. Makers of granite countertops therefore provide or recommend sealants, usually a form of spray silicone, to minimize the natural porosity of the stone. There is another form of “granite” top called “engineered stone” or just “quartz” which is basically a ground up granite mixed with resin. The main thing for most people is esoteric: if you love the natural beauty of real stone, go for it, and seal it according to directions and keep it scrupulously clean. Your best answer is going to come from your local fabricator. Granite is the countertop material of choice when there are no other things to think about – like money. As the use of granite becomes more widespread, the price comes down. Pros: … holds up to heat; comes in a range of almost 3000 colors; looks permanent and substantial; will last a lifetime; new sealers are almost maintenance-free; 2nd highest hardness rating after diamonds; has a high value to home buyers. No other countertop surface on the market today is able to match the quality, durability, function and status of granite. How often does a granite countertop need to be sealed? If you have plain to buy slabs you need to add 20% on your totalcountertop square foot that you will loose when you cut the slab. A granite guy can color match some epoxy and sand it smooth. How do you get leads for granite countertops sales?

It all relies on how much time you are willing to spend or how much money to spend.

The objective is to create greater perceived value that the competition. You will be targeting customers that have your same values. Example you customer aquisition costs will be higher for high end customers. Think about the consumer buying experience for them to become a lead. How do you keep metal bar stools from damaging granite countertops?

What style of cabinets go best with granite countertops?

Best Black Granite Countertops Pictures Cost Pros and Cons by homeluf.com

At this point, you have a couple of options on how you want the final piece to look. A polished finish is more traditional for granite and has a lot of shine and a sleek appearance. This untraditional finish provides a unique aesthetic that looks more casual than polished granite, but it still brings a touch of elegance. The lack of polish hides some of the inherent characters of the granite, making the colors and textures subtle, but some homeowners would argue that that’s part of the charm. To combat this, you’ll need to reseal the surface more frequently than you would a polished surface, preferably several times a year. A polished finish looks almost mirrored and makes a countertop look clean and bright. The polishing process naturally helps seal stone pores, making the surface easier to clean and stain-resistant.

Polished black granite provides a strong, classic look and typically costs less than honed granite due to its wide availability. For a different effect, pair black countertops with black cabinets.

When comparing prices, it’s important to note that there is usually a separate installation fee; confirm the slab price and installation price—they are generally listed by the cost per square foot. This stone is almost uniformly black with very small gold and white flecks that give a quiet sparkle when you look closely. When you look closely, you can see the metallic details of the small mineral flecks. You’ll see many shades of silvers and grays that are dynamic in changing lighting conditions. Make sure you have adequate lighting to get the most out of this feature. It will contrast nicely with white cabinets, complement the shimmer of stainless steel and aluminum appliances and hardware, and even stand out against dark cabinets. It looks precise, uniform, and nearly flawless, making this a highly popular choice for granite countertops.

It looks sharp when paired with white cabinets or aluminum or stainless steel appliances. It is scratch resistant and not particularly sensitive to acidic cleaners, but you should still take proper care of your countertop. The predominantly black stone will stand strong against white cabinets, but the swirls and sparkle will make the stone stand out even against black cabinets.

The stone is a rich shade of black, but it has enough silver and gray to give an overall lighter appearance than other black granites. The stone has low variation so you can expect consistency between the photograph and the real thing. Deep different veins of white actually range in color from ivory to even gold. The background is a dark black and has a large amount of dark gray minerals adorning the surface. As with all black granite, it pairs naturally with white cabinets for a traditional feel. However, there is a naturally high degree of variation, so be sure to choose your slab in person before you purchase it. This stone creates a contemporary look when paired with dark browns, but it looks particularly sharp when matched with whites and creams. Under certain lighting conditions, you’ll notice medium-grained dark gray minerals, giving your countertop a slightly different look. The white and gray patterns look similar to waves of sand, and when applied as a countertop, the granite will become the focal point of the room. When presented with a honed finish, you get a natural look that is both elegant and casual.

The color and texture add a unique flavor to the room, making it a favorite choice for black granite countertops. There are many great choices for black granite countertops that will suit your kitchen or bathroom needs. Granite goes through a finishing process after it has been cut. You can choose between a honed and a polished finish. A honed finish, on the other hand, stops the buffing and polishing process before the surface becomes shiny and reflective, leaving a matte or satin finish. Honed granite will have a smooth touch and a comfortable look, but it does have some flaws. Because of its finish, the surface is still porous and more susceptible to stains and water absorption. Small things like dust and fingerprints show easily so be prepared to clean often. Granite undergoes a finishing process of buffing and polishing, with the most popular finish being a polished look. The polishing process enhances the natural mineral elements of the stone, allowing you to see the sparkle of embedded flakes and crystals.

If you’re looking for clean elegance, a polished finish is a timeless choice.

For a classic, monochromatic look, you can’t go wrong with white cabinets and black granite countertops. The black of the countertop immediately becomes more understated and complements the cabinets. If you have a polished finish, light can bring out the subtle metallic flecks that may be present in the stone. From a distance, it almost looks opaque, and the black is satisfyingly rich. The stone has a very dark base, but there are so many minerals that create a beautiful shimmering effect. There are also notes of darks blues and greens, and even golds and browns, making this a unique choice for a black granite countertop. It has an inky black background with flowing veins of white and silver minerals that lend a swirling appearance. While it is beautiful, it is also a tad more expensive than other black granites, but you can be assured that it is durable and will last a long time. This granite is particularly durable and becomes the center of attention as a countertop.

Either up close or afar, you can’t help but want to look closer at this stone. The grey-black granite looks almost crystallized in places, making your countertop stand out from your cabinets. The flowing patterns will fit with many aesthetics, and when paired with stained wood cabinets, creates a calming, natural feel. Like other black granites, it does show fingerprints readily, so you’ll have to clean the surface frequently. It has low variability so you can expect and consistent and uniform look. That said, you’ll want to personally inspect your slab before you buy, as there can be a high amount of variation in pattern. When installed with a polished finish, it creates a luxurious look, especially when partnered with stainless steel appliances. Overall, black granite is durable, versatile, and can be used to create a modern or a traditional look.

3 DIY Ways To Make Faux Marble Backgrounds For Under $30 by twolovesstudio.com

It’s a super small board and cost quite a bit for it’s size.

Literally believing that the marble looks real, #winning right?

Mark sure you’re not buying real marble titles, as that will set up back a pretty penny. Because you’re more likely to find individual pieces that no one else has, you’ll stand out from the crowd.

You’ll also want to make sure the boards have been sealed and coated so they have a natural looking shine just like marble would have. Usually comes in much larger pieces and there is more variety and patterns to choose from. But it’s good to have options for your faux marble backgrounds right?

Obviously repeatable patterns will scream fake as marble tends to be unique. Yellow coloured fake options won’t do you any favours and will cast a nasty white balance issue on your image. I shoot everything on it as my food photography table for my blog!

This is really appealing to me because they could be painted on the same wood surface and you can customize the colors for the perfect look that you want.

Show me what you’re made of!

⠀. ⠀. ⠀. ⠀. ⠀. ⠀. ⠀. Harder to come by than the other two options, this one has it’s advantages. Patterns of the marble are more likely to be different between manufacturers, potentially giving you more choice in how your faux marble backgrounds looks. Upside is that often you can send in an image sample and get something super custom.

Drawbacks is that it can look a little too fake for the price. Play with the options of how you would lay them onto a board before you peel the adhesive off. If you like to shoot a little more minimal, you’ll want to ensure that the piece has some areas of just white (negative space) to avoid the pattern taking over your image entirely. You can strategically place your subjects around the frame, rotate the board and so on to make it look different in each shoot that you do. Seems like there are a lot of videos on how to do it yourself. Snow-capped mountains, a blue feeling in the air (cause it’s actually below freezing) and the warm yellow from the sun.

Cropping in tight enough with my macro that the plate becomes the background. Has this round given you a new perspective on capturing details?

About getting back to basics and noticing the details in food we overlook when we attempt to create large scenes. I love how much the community is embracing texture and getting curious to explore these beautiful details that can often get overlooked.

Who Hates Granite Countertops? by curbly.com

Because circumstances being what they are, big bro will be selling this house in then next 2 years, so he’s been doing his improvements with an eye toward resale.

A hot plate of food doesn’t stay hot long if you set it on their new countertop. Bro doesn’t even like to lean on it in the wintertime, and for we who can have 8 months of winter temperatures, that’s not pleasant. If he did it all over, he’d make sure to install some sort of heating element underneath it. Yes, it’s cold to the touch, but it’s a bathroom vanity top.

The people who lived here before me installed them when they were updating the kitchen, presumably to make the kitchen appealing to buyers. The only good thing about granite countertops is that they’re fairly durable and easy to clean. The orange and busy pattern is proving to be a challenge to make work with my pale turquoise flowery color scheme–definitely not going out and buying new dishes, cookware and dining set. I remodel my kitchen this winter, it will be with a good quality laminate. Like when paint manufacturers gather to discuss what colours they will push as being the colours to have. There was a huge, round burn mark by the stove and three separate areas were water damaged so badly that the laminate peeled off (include a 4ft section of the backsplash behind the sink) and the wood underneath was rotten. One room in particular in need of attention was the kitchen. Another sticking point is the trend itself, which some say is on the downslide. If the latter, what material do you wish you would have installed instead?

I personally like recycled glass, wood, and tile slabs that look like wood.

I must say that the countertops held up amazingly well over time, and the kitchen still doesn’t look dated after almost 20 years. When we bought our house it had a really badly damaged laminate countertop.

Grit On Granite Countertops by countertopspecialty.com

I hate to tell you, but most likely you simply have a low-grade slab. Poor quality slabs can be less durable or structurally sound with an inconsistent surface finish. Resining is a normal procedure, but it is not done to every slab. These could be used for outdoor installations, but no good as a countertop.

As you’ve discovered applying a granite sealer has no effect on the grittiness. Sealers absorb into the surface and work to prevent staining only.

On walkthrough tops felt “dirty/gritty” and was told that would be taken care of with cleaning prior to sealing.

But honestly, it is probably a bad slab that cannot be fixed by any surface treatment or repolishing. You’ll need to contact your installer and/or the manufacturer on this one. The fabricator would certainly know this was a bad slab prior to installation. Typically, these slabs were poor quality and not resined (common and acceptable procedure for many slabs) to fill voids, bind the surface and strengthen the slab. This will largely solve the grit problem, but careful which coating you choose because you will have to maintain the coating. But honestly, this usually occurs when the homeowner does not inspect and choose the exact slabs to be installed. Grit on granite countertops is a phenomena typically notice immediately after install. If your granite countertop was in perfect, smooth and shiny condition for 9 years, then the grit is likely originating from something else. Investigate other sources like cabinets, ceiling, attic, etc. We have cleaned and polished and it still comes back.

Sometimes grit comes from the grout flaking a little on a newly installed backsplash over a countertop. Usually, grit on granite countertops is because the installed slab is of a somewhat loose composition or poor quality that was never resined. As noted in the article above, you need to find a stone care pro that can apply a resin or look into having a permanent topical coating applied. The gold-toned granites tend to have a greater occurrence of grittiness . Essentially the slab is slowly decomposing simply because the integrity of the slab, the binding of minerals (which happened in the earth a gazillion years ago) is poor. The surface just won’t hold up to achieve that ultra smooth glossy finish. If a fabricator picked out the slab for you, then you may have some recourse for replacement. Permanent topical coatings typically are not recommended for stone (doesn’t let stone breath properly and can create additional maintenance and repair issues). They don’t form an impenetrable shell or encapsulate the granite because again, that’s not good for the stone. Your options are to replace the c ountertop or apply a permanent topical coating to bind the granite surface.

Certified technicians are typically needed to apply the best coatings and then it’s the coating that must be maintained which has it’s own drawbacks. It’s disappointing to have this happen in the first place, but even worse is that none of the remedies is really desirable.

You say that if a slab is picked out by the consumer that it’s on the consumer. The idea is that when you pick out the slab you can inspect it visually and run your hand over the surface and see if anything unusual is apparent. I would state that there is nothing else but slab deterioration that would cause such a situation. I am sure that it is mica or other stone coming out of the surface of the stone. Only a couple varieties of granite have this issue and even then it’s only a small percentage of slabs. I keep wiping down the surface, the grit is back the next day!

Granite slabs can be graded based on the quality of the stone. It really shouldn’t happen, but poor-quality slabs sometimes slip into the marketplace.

For this reason, it is very important to inspect and choose the exact slabs that will be installed for all stone countertops or any project. As you note, the grittiness is felt on kitchen island too (no backsplash) so the only answer is a poor grade granite slab that was not resined. However, if you picked out the slab, it’ll be hard to make the fabricator take the fall. Don’t have a lot of confidence in the installer, and not much chance of getting a replacement in my spec house. If we wanted all sealed it would cost extra outside of closing. Could be from the backsplash, however, not likely based on your description. Other than being a nuisance are there any other ways to deal with this?

This can occur so it is “normal” in that sense, but gritty granite slabs should not be installed. But low-quality slabs are much cheaper for the fabricator to buy. The only other option would be to consider having a permanent coating applied to the surface.

If recently installed with a tile backsplash, the grittiness could be due to grout flaking off from the backsplash. Either from grout particles from a new backsplash dropping onto the countertop or from the granite itself that was not resined or just a poor quality slab. Such slabs can be fine if a resin is applied (to fill voids and help strengthen and bind the surface) at the factory. This slab was run through a giant granite polishing machine, but such slabs cannot be polished well. Granite slabs are graded (and priced) based on such qualities and some shady dealers will buy this type of slab to increase profit margin.

However, coatings are making vast improvements in performance. Impregnating sealers like the one you applied work below the surface. A topical coating or resin, on the other hand, will form a film adhering to the surface and creating a physical barrier. Not sure it is from the air or from the granite countertops. All the mineral grains of the granite will continue to flake off.

Replacement is expensive, but the better option from a long-term performance standpoint. Grit on granite countertops will make you pull your hair out. Shouldn’t the seller have known this was a slab that should not have been sold?

If you simply pick granite color from a sample then the installer is free to choose the slab and will choose the least expensive one.

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