Granite Countertops FAQ

Frequently asked questions:

 

Minnesota granite countertops for your kitchen by DDF Granite

What is the turnaround time for kitchen granite countertops?

Our usual turnaround time is 7-10 business days from the time we receive the initial deposit. During this time the final measurement will be scheduled if needed and the granite slab to be cut delivered to the shop.

Is all the work done on premises?

Dynamic Design and Fabrication does not use sub-contractors and all the granite work is done at our shop in Farmington. After the final measurements are done, granite is cut by water-jet cutting machine that uses .DXF and .ORD files for precise cutting. The granite is than polished by our specialists by hand.

Is it okay to choose granite from a small sample?

Due to the variation in the color small samples of stone do not give the true representation of the finished product. At Dynamic Design and Fabrication we encourage costumers to choose granite colors from the exact slabs that than will be cut into the countertops.

How do I care for granite countertops? How do I clean my granite countertops?

Polished granite is very durable stone, much harder than marble or soupstone. It has been used in the past for a lot of commercial projects, like floors or even sides of the buildings, it will withstand most of the elements it might come up against, be it heat or cold. Most of the granite is very stain resistant and with proper care will serve you for years to come. To clean your granite countertos we recommend using soup and water, with occasional use of granite cleaners, that do not contain ammonia.

How often do I have to seal the granite?

Your new granite countertops will be sealed by our installers at the time of installation. You will need to reseal the granite countertops anywhere between 6 to 12 month. For that purpose you can use any granite sealer purchased in any home improvement store.

Can granite countertops be scratched? Can I cut in granite?

The only materials that can scratch or cut into granite are diamonds or another piece of granite. No common kitchen knives or utensils will match the hardness granite countertops. Do not worry about cutting on granite countertops, only thing that might happen is you might dull your knives.

Can granite chip?

Granite is a very hard material and normal use will not chip or brake the granite countertops. However hitting the granite edge with heavy objects might produce small chips. But don’t worry, most of this kind of chips can be easily fixed.

Is it okay to put a hot pan / pot on a granite countertop?

In general, the chances of significant heat damage to granite are very small, though depending on the pan, the granite, and any products that may be on the granite (not only sealant, but residue from granite cleaning or polishing products, etc.), you might sometimes get some staining/charring.

Granite and marble. How are they different?

Marble is a metamorphic rock. It was once limestone, but over time, the combination of intense heat and pressure caused the limestone to re-crystallize. Foreign substances often entered the stone during this process, creating an infinite variety of colors, asters, and veining. Marble is a lot like snowflakes, no two pieces are exactly alike.

Granite is an igneous rock, which means that at one time during its development, it was melted like volcanic lava. Unlike lava, however, this melted (or molten) rock never reached the surface. It remained trapped inside, where it slowly cooled and crystallized, resulting in a very uniform, speckled stone that ranges from black and gray tones to pinks, browns, and reds.

 

If you have any other questions about Minnesota granite countertops feel free to contact Dynamic Design and Fabrication at 952-292-6140 or use the contact form on our website. Thank you.