We at BFR are undoubtedly biased towards granite. For what ever
the application, interior or exterior, granite is  a superior product.
And we believe there is no greater marketing tool than educating
the consumer.  With all of the marvelous and amazing
technology science provides there is one irrefutable fact that will
always hold true -
you just can't top mother nature!!!
requently
Asked
Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is granite?
Granite is an igneous rock, which means it was once molten and formed as it
cooled deep within the earth.   Minerals within granite typically appear as
small flecks throughout the stone, once creating a "salt and pepper" look.  
Other types have veining similar to marble.  Granite is a dense-grained, hard
stone.  It can be highly polished or finished in a variety of other ways.   A
broad spectrum of color is available
2. What is marble?
Marble has both a scientific and commercial definition.  Scientific marble was
once limestone that achieved metamorphosis from intense pressures and
high temperatures within the earth.   This altered its crystalline structure and
introduced other minerals that produced the valuable colors and veining.  
Commercially, any stone capable of taking a polish (with the exception of
granite) is known as marble.  This includes travertine, onyx, serpentine and
limestone
3. Is granite sanitary?
. Polished granite is extremely sanitary. Granite has a very low coefficient of
absorption and so, especially when properly sealed, prohibits the growth of
bacteria and mold.  Any rumors to the contrary are circulated by the Solid
Surface Industry and are absolutely unfounded. There have been numerous
studies that will prove to the contrary of this rumor. Please go to:  
http://www.marble-institute.com/countertopsanitation.asp to view results
of a study conducted by the
Hospitality Institute of  Technology and
Management.
4. Can granite scratch?
5. Can granite crack?
6. Will granite burn or scorch?
Granite comes from the middle of earth formed by molten lava and extreme
pressure. Therefore, putting a hot pot or pan directly on the stone does not
effect it.
7. Will granite stain?
While natural stone is porous, not all counter-tops needs to be sealed. As a
matter of fact, in some circumstances, sealing is a complete waste of time!
We first recommend doing the lemon juice test. This will give you a good idea
of your stones porousity and your sealing requirements. Use the following
links

1.
http://www.findstone.com/lemonjuicetest.htm  

2. http://www.marble-institute.com/consumerresources/sealing_stone.cfm
9. Will my granite look like the sample?
Our samples are generally indicative of the coloring and pattern (also known
as veining) of each stone. As the Granite is quarried, differences in the
stone's shading and pattern will appear. Granite is composed of various
minerals and created by forces of nature, these variations are all part of
granites natural beauty.
10. How thick will my counter tops be?
Due to the every day stress that  your kitchen endures we recommend using
3cm (1 1/8" to 1 1/4" ) for counters.  While 2cm (3/4")is better served for
bathroom applications, fireplaces, or credenzas.
11. Will granite over hang my cabinets?
Yes, standard over hang of cabinets is 1 1/2"
12. Can I cantilever(extended over hang) granite?
Yes, with a large enough piece you can cantilever granite up to 18". As a
general rule, overhang extended more than ten inches will require proper
support.
Under normal use, no. Although granite is not impervious to breakage, most
instances occur in fabrication or installation.
8. What is the best way of cleaning my counter-tops?
Granite is very low maintenance. Soap and water will work just fine
although build up a film over time.  Specialty products made for stone
counters is always your best bet. . Do not use glass cleaners or vinegar
based products as they will eat away at your sealer over time.  Always try
to blot up any spills as soon as possible.
13. Will my counters have visible seams?
Most granite installations will require at least one or more joints called
seams.  During layout and design, our templaters will always try to minimize
the number of seams required.  Additionally, the factory-machined edges
fit together very tightly to help lessen the appearance of visible seams
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Granite is scratch resistant. Under normal use, you will not scratch your
granite counter tops. In fact, we recommend using a cutting board to save
your knives.
14. Does granite emit Radon?
Another fallacy perpetrated by the "Solid Surface Industry".  Please view
the following link, a study conducted by the Marble Institute of America -
http://www.marbleandgranite.com/truthaboutgraniteradonradiation.pdf
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