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Facts You Need to Know about Granite Countertops Ottawa Contractors Offer
The use of granite as a construction material dates back to the ancient Egyptians. For instance, the Red Pyramid, the third largest pyramid in Egypt, gets its name from its crimson granite surfaces. Throughout the centuries, granite’s beauty, durability, and versatility made it ideal for sculptures, buildings, and various architectural applications. Now, you can enjoy granite’s intrinsic qualities on countertops Ottawa residents have.
What gives granite its intrinsic qualities?
Most granite is igneous rock; that is, it solidified from a molten state deep within the Earth. Granite is characterized by its light color, coarse surface, and randomly arranged minerals. Quartz and feldspar are the minerals usually present in granite, giving it its distinct pinkish to white hue. Darker “accessory” minerals, such as biotite and hornblende, contrast with light surfaces, giving it a “salt-and-pepper” look.
What factors affect granite prices?
Granite prices are based on cost per square foot, which, in turn, is based on quality grades such as “first choice”, “second choice”, and commercial grade. The last one is the best for countertops. The “grades” are based on rarity, pattern irregularity, and mineral content.
Should I apply a sealer?
The countertops made from granite Ottawa contractors offer should fit in well with the rest of your kitchen. Consider whether your granite needs a sealer to prevent its darkening and staining over time. Countertops made from lighter granite generally require sealing. A quick test can be performed by pouring a few drops of lemon juice on a sample, and observing the absorption rate. If the juice takes a while-say, one to two minutes-to be absorbed, you don’t need a sealer. However, if it is absorbed in seconds, it’s best to have the granite sealed.
How are granite countertops installed?
It’s recommended that you let a professional install your granite countertop for you-especially if you’re working with slab granite. To make the job easier for the contractor, you can buy measured pieces ahead of time. Don’t forget to make templates based on the positions of the sinks, faucets, and key fixtures. You can choose tile granite if you want to install it on your own; all you need is epoxy adhesive and a good idea of how the tiles should fit together.
How are granite countertops maintained?
The beauty of granite countertops Ottawa companies like TNT Tile and Marble install is that they require little maintenance. All you need to do is wipe the surface clean with a sponge dampened in warm water with mild detergent. If you haven’t sealed the granite after installation as needed, you may have to apply sealer at least once a year.
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