1What is Granite?
Granite describes stones that originate from deep in the earth’s molten mantle. As this lava-hot material rises and cools, it forms a crystalline, granular structure, which is where its name comes from. Such stones are made up of minerals such as quarts, feldspar and mica. These combinations create a very hard stone ideal for kitchen counters because its polish is resistant to household acids such as citrus and vinegar, which would usually damage marble. Granite is durable enough to resist mild scratching from knives and pots and pans.
2What is Quartz?
Quartz is composed of 93% natural quartz and 7% resin bonding materials which are subjected to a high-tech system of vibro-compaction under vacuum, resulting in a non-porous agglomerated stone that is exceptionally durable and aesthetically appealing.
3What is Marble?
Marble is a hard crystalline metamorphic form of limestone, typically white with mottling or streaks of colour, that is capable of taking a polish and is used in architecture such wall cladding or kitchen counter tops.
4How do I obtain samples?
Small samples are available from our in-house showroom as well as digital product samples here on our web site. Please call us on +27 12 661 1036 if you require more details.
5Why is granite good for kitchen counters?
Because granite is very hard stone that’s formed at very high temperatures deep in the earth, its polish is not sensitive to etching by household acids, or scratching by knives and pots and pans. It is also resistant to high temperatures of up to 400 degrees Celsius, although we suggest you don’t put your surface to the test in this area, in case you cause permanent damage.
6Can granite be damaged?
Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp, hard objects. Without sealing, granite’s porous quality makes it susceptible to stains, leading to dark spots or discolouration. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids shouldn’t affect granite under normal circumstances.
7What is the difference between natural stone and man-made stone?
Natural stone is natural product, Man Made stone is an engineered product.
8How do I clean and maintain quartz and granite tops?
Simply wipe with warm water and soap using a damp cloth or paper towel. Normal cleaning with a damp cloth will keep your tops polished surface looking like new and to avoid dulling the surface, be sure to use a non-abrasive cleaner.
9Can quartz and granite countertops be repaired?
Quartz and granite countertops are very hard to damage, if any damage occurs you should call us.
10Can quartz be used outdoors?
No, we implore you to look at our granite options for outdoor use.
11What is the appropriate thickness for kitchen tops and vanity tops?
Slabs are manufactured in either 20mm and 30mm and are strong enough for any domestic application. The tops can then be built up to any thickness by us to give the required aesthetic appeal to meet your design requirements.