When Do I Seal My Granite Countertops?



This question is frequently asked, and unfortunately, there is no black and white answer. First off, you should know, here at PGC we seal everything before it leaves our fabrication shop for install. Knowing that, there are a few other simple indicators/tips to help determine if your material is in need of re-sealing.

  • Lighter color stones tend to be more porous than darker stones. This alone may mean that you need to re-seal your countertops more frequently.
  • A good indicator that you may need to re-seal your countertops is if you start to notice water or other liquids absorbing into the stone rather than beading up.
  • If you should happen to get a stain there are products and processes available for removing them, if you do remove a stain you should re-seal your countertops after the stain is no longer there.
While you should be conscious of the condition of your countertops there is a lot conflicting and misinformation on the market about the “required” maintenance of granite and other natural stone countertops. The vast majority of granites never need to be re-sealed, however there are a lot of people who like to do it yearly for peace of mind. This is perfectly fine and an extra insurance.
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We also offer a 15 Year StoneTech Food Stain Warranty that can be purchased and transfers easily with the title of the property. This package comes with a daily cleaner/revitalizer that can be used as frequently as desired and reinforces the seal on the countertop. It also includes a registered warranty and the remainder of the StoneTech Bulletproof sealer. There are also several products on the market that would work for re-sealing.
If you have additional questions regarding the care and maintenance of your countertops please feel free to give us a call or stop by our showroom!
Thanks for reading…
Angie
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Posted in Sealing, Stone Care on February 14th, 2017 by Angie | | 0 Comments



What Happens If My Granite Countertops Chip?



Granite is one of the hardest materials available for countertops today and is an extremely durable product.  While chipping is a rare occurrence with granite countertops, it can and does happen from time to time. In fact, over the years, I have taken a few calls from customers where a chip occurred from a falling plate, from an upper cabinet that hit the countertop “just-so” and created a chip.  I have also talked with homeowners that have chips by their sink area, which is probably the most common place for a chip to occur. The sink area (the perimeter around the sink) tends to be more prone to chipping, as some people bang their pots and pans against the granite while they are cleaning them.

Let’s take a look …

Sedna chip

 

Sedna Granite with small chip by the sink 

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Sedna Granite (Chips can occur along the perimeter of the sink from banging pots & pans.)

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Sedna Granite (Small chip by the sink.)

If you have a chip in your granite countertop, don’t worry. You can rest assured that it can be fixed. The process is actually fairly simple. An epoxy resin is mixed with a hardener to fill in the void.  Stone particles may also be used to help fill larger chips. Most reputable fabricators will set up a service call to fix the issue.

If you have questions pertaining to chip repairs, please free to give us a call. We’d be happy to do a service call to repair your chips for you. You may also submit a request to service your stone through our website.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Chips, Granite, Stone Care on April 7th, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Chips Ahoy!?



Over the years, we have received a number of calls from customers panicking about a chip in their granite countertops. While our first response is typically, “don’t panic, it can be fixed,” I had a little “freak out” myself, although it didn’t last long. While chips are rare, they can happen and often occur around the sink area, since many homeowners often hand wash their pots and pans and may bang them against the perimeter.

Well—it just so happened that my chip occurred in a more obvious location, thanks to my brilliant cleaning maneuver. I decided to climb on my granite island to clean the hood over my cooktop, when my rotating stool swung full force against the edge of my granite. Yikes!

It hit hard and this was the result…

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Bordeaux Granite Chip

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Bordeaux Granite Chip

My felt pads on my chairs didn’t even make a make a difference. After my initial shock, I collected myself and although I was disappointed, I knew it could be easily repaired and at least I could write a blog about it.

If you have a chip in your granite countertop, rest assured it can be fixed and the process is fairly simple. Most reputable fabricators use an epoxy resin mixed with a hardener to fill in the void. Stone particles may also be used to help fill larger chips.

If you have questions pertaining to chip repairs, or maintenance and care, please free to give us a call. We’d be happy to do a service call to repair your chips for you.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite, Stone Care on July 9th, 2013 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Countertops—What’s Your Product Line?



Sometimes I am surprised when I hear a customers say, “I didn’t realize that you sold engineered stone.” Maybe I shouldn’t be though. After all our company name only signifies granite.When we started our company, over 15 years ago now, we mainly sold granite and some other natural stones, and there was no such thing as engineered stone. Well times and have changed, and so have we. Over the years, we have added to our product line. While our specialty has always been granite countertops, we sell a lot more than that. Our product line also includes a variety of natural stones, as well as engineered stones, not to mention an assortment of accessories and convenience items.

For your convenience, following is a list of our products we provide:

Natural Stone

  • Granite
  • Limestone
  • Marble
  • Onyx
  • Slate
  • Soapstone
  • Travertine

Engineered Stone

  • Dupont Zodiaq®
  • Casesarstone
  • Silestone
  • Hanstone
  • Difiniti

Glass Product

  • Rinato

Accessories

  • Sinks
  • Faucets
  • Laser Etchings
  • Stone Care

Shop Online Items

  • Granite Knobs
  • Granique Switchplate

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Engineered Stone, Faucets, Granite, Sinks, Stone Care on April 18th, 2012 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Removing Oil and Butter Stains In Granite…



While staining of granite is rare, we do get questions and some calls on the topic from time to time. Granite is one of  the hardest materials available for countertops, and is easy to maintain, but  there are some granites that are more porous due to the mineral make up of the stone. It is these more porous stones that may be more susceptible to staining.

Most stains can be removed from granite, as long you know what caused them. In this blog, I wanted to focus on removing oil and butter stains. While I have blogged on this topic before, you can also  check out our You Tube video, Removing Oil and Butter Stains in Granite. The video goes through a step by step process for removing a stain.

Hope this helps those consumers who may have a stain in their granite.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite, Stone Care on March 7th, 2012 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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