What is granite?
Igneous rocks granite is also known as “fire rock” formed by slowly cooling pockets of magma that were trapped beneath the earth’s surface. Granite is the hardest of all building stones with a very close grain, making it almost impervious to stain and uniquely applicable for any interior use. If polished, it’s high-gloss finish will endure even in harsh environments. These characteristics are ideal for countertops and flooring making granite a reliable stone for these applications.
Why choose granite?
Naturally beautiful, granite is considered a substantial upgrade for your kitchen, bathroom or other area of your home/office, when compared to products such as laminate tops, cultured marble and Corian.
Where does natural stone come from?
Various types of stone, in a myriad of colors and textures, are found all over the world. Much of our granite comes from Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Other stones such as marble most often comes from Italy, Spain and Turkey. Slate is imported from Brazil, India and China. Soapstone is imported primarily from Brazil, while limestone comes from Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Brazil.
Are there additional colors available?
Our standard and expanded inventory color selection represents the most popular design colors. We maintain a constant inventory of our standard colors so that any project – large or small – can be fulfilled quickly. Expanded selections and more exotic stones can be made available in just a couple of days. There are new stone types being discovered and imported every month, and our strong relationships with multiple importers allows us to offer virtually any natural stone. If you are interested in a new and unique stone type – just ask!
Can you scratch or chip granite?
Granite is one of the hardest stones available. It cannot be scratched in ordinary use; even a knife blade will not scratch it. It can only be scratched with specially sharpened tools designed to work with granite, like tungsten and diamond tools. Granite will chip only in cases of severe abuse with a hammer or impact tool. In the unlikely event that your granite is chipped, the mark can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture. Granite will not crack with ordinary use.
Can you stain or burn granite?
No. You can’t burn it with ordinary use. Granite is highly resistant to staining. The only caveat is that a few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact. Usually no evidence remains when the liquid is removed and the granite dries. A problem could arise with prolonged exposure to a dark-pigmented liquid.
Are there special cleaning requirements for granite?
Everyday household cleaners – although not likely to harm the stone itself – could lessen the effectiveness of the sealer which has been applied. For regular cleaning, we recommend a specially formulated stone cleaner. For occasional cleaning or to bring back any lost luster, polish preserver is a good choice. On occasion, although granite is very solid and nearly non-porous, spills left on the surfaces for an extended period can leave some residual staining – even when sealed properly. Most stains dissipate over time on their own. If immediate stain removal is desired, we can help with specialty stain-lifting poultice powders that we offer.
Will my countertops be sealed by Borelli ?
Definitely! The Project Manager in charge of your project will seal the stone in front of you in order to show how easy it is. The special Sealants used by Borelli will protect your stone for a period of 3 to 5 years. Borelli will acquaint you with Revitalizer Stone & Tile Cleanser and Protector, a daily use antimicrobial cleaner which effectively removes soils while reinforcing the original protective seal to help prevent future staining.
How often do I need to re-apply stone sealer?
Many so-called “experts” advise re-applying stone sealers on an annual (or more frequent) basis – they are in all likelihood just trying to get you to buy more of their expensive sealer. Borelli doesn’t advise any preset “calendar” for re-sealing, and over-application of sealer can build up over time and cause a haze on the surface of your countertops. The frequency for re-sealing depends on the type of stone installed and the amount of use that the countertops see. An easy “rule of thumb” is to closely monitor the area around the sink. If you begin notice water that does not bead up or soaks into the stone within 10-15 minutes, then it’s probably time to re-seal. Applying a sealer is easy, you can apply a liberal amount of sealer in the evening before going to bed and just let it penetrate and cure overnight.
May I use my existing sink and faucet?
Absolutely! It is common with natural stone counter tops to use an undermount bowl to maximize the beauty of your countertops and provide a seamless look. Single hole faucets can be used to minimize clutter and maximize utility.
Is granite a do-it-yourself product?
No, not likely! Granite fabrication is a specialized trade that requires extensive training and practice in order to produce high-quality results – not to mention the expensive diamond tooling and equipment.
Borelli employs fabricators and installers with years of training and experience and guarantees professional results from the initial design through fabrication and final installation.
What do I do if I run into a problem?
Call us. We are very experienced in installations and can usually help you through any problem or at least suggest a course of action.
Do I have to call for an appointment to come down to your place?
An appointment is not necessary but we recommend it. Borelli is open to the public Monday though Thursday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Friday 9 am to 4 pm, and Sundays by appointment.