CARE & MAINTENANCE ADVICE | INFORMATION ON GRANITE
“Granite is usually found in the continental plates in the deep upper part of the Earth’s crust. It is an intrusive igneous rock, composed of 25% to 35% quartz and over 50% potassium and sodium rich feldspars, with a common accessory mineral of less than 20%, usually muscovite (clear mica), biotite (dark, iron-bearing mica), or hornblende (amphibole). Granite is formed through the cooling and solidification of magma or lava, it may form with or without crystallization, either below the surface as intrusive (plutonic) rocks or on the surface as extrusive (volcanic) rocks. The colour of granite is primarily controlled by the presence of feldspar, usually the most abundant mineral. However, it may be modified to some extend by the quartz, hornblende, or mica, if considerable amounts are present. Granite is a product of nature with hundreds of varieties each possessing their own unique characteristics.”
This except above goes some way in explaining the characteristics of Granite. It is important to understand that every different type of granite has formed differently in its creation and therefore has different properties. When creating your granite worktop, it is important to be aware of each stones’ characteristics. The following points are things to take note of regarding your granite worktop:
All natural materials supplied are subject to their natural markings, veining’s, variations in colour, cracks, pits, and vents. These are supplied cramped, stopped or reinforced where we deem necessary. Some granite’s can seem cracky by nature, these are not on the surface of the stone but are how the stone is formed, within the stone itself. The polished surface enhances this characteristic. Some stones have very small pits, this arises when the stone is polished under huge amounts of pressure and different minerals within the stone can ping out. This is a natural feature and is present in many stones. This is not a defect. No claim on these accounts can be made.
When samples have been submitted identical resemblance of the product supplied to the sample cannot be guaranteed.
All thicknesses quoted are nominal and no liability is accepted for reasonable variations of whatsoever nature.
Some granite’s are treated with a top coat resin at the production source. This is part and parcel of some stones. Slight variation may occur when recessing the said granite.
Any descriptions of material offered are for guidance only and do not imply suitability for any particular purpose.
Granite is a porous stone. It is not impenetrable to liquids. We take great care in investing in the latest impregnating sealers for your worktop. They are factory sealed but require a reasonable amount of looking after. Please clean up any spillages as soon as possible, especially hot oil, red wine, lemon/lime, tea/coffee, vinegar, detergents, alcohol, acid/alkaline substances or any other harsh product that could be used in the kitchen environment. Do not leave overnight as this gives the stain a chance to penetrate below the sealer.
The Company shall be under no liability in respect of any defect arising from wear and tear, willful damage, negligence, abnormal working conditions, failure to follow the Company's instructions (whether oral or in writing), misuse or alteration or repair of the goods without the Company's approval.