Granite countertops will not melt or blister when exposed to heat. They are one of the most heat resistant countertops on the market. Hot pans can be placed directly on the countertop surface from the oven without any harm. Experts do recommend the use of a trivet when using appliances that emit heat for long periods of time, such as Crockpots.
Very few minerals can scratch it.
That’s why is recommended to use a microfiber cloth when cleaning the surface.
Granite countertops are considered a low maintenance countertop surface. Sealers has come a long way over the years, and many will last over 10 years before needing to be reapplied.Simply apply the product and wipe off the excess. It is a good idea to ask your installer which sealer was initially applied and use the same kind to reapply.
The average price for granite countertops in a typical kitchen is between $3,000-$4,000.
Onyx is not a good option for most countertops, but it does make for a beautiful backsplash. Its beauty and translucence make it appealing, but still not practical. It is vulnerable to acids and bases, which will react with the minerals in onyx to create a chemical reaction- basically eating away at the countertop. Onyx is also quite brittle and will chip and crack easily.
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