Countertop Education: Top 5 Granite Questions Answered

Granite is always a top choice when it’s time for a kitchen renovation, but if you’ve never been a granite owner before the decision can be intimidating.  Unlike manufactured surfaces, granite is porous and requires a bit more upkeep to maintain that beautiful finish.  

Below we answer the questions we’re most frequently asked by new and older granite owners alike!


What do the different levels mean?

The levels used to categorize granite are based off of how common that particular slab of granite is.  The most common and readily available granite are levels 1 through 3. 

To find a more exotic granite look for a level 4 or higher.  The levels also let you know the quality of the stone.  The higher the level the less flaws the slab will have, and the more concise the design.


What edge design should I choose?

Recently we blogged about our most popular edge choices.  For a more in depth understanding hop over to that blog after this one, but for now we’ll do a short run through.

Eased is the most simple and basic edge design.  Beveled is also a classic style that incorporates a 45 degree angle cut off the top of the edge.  Bullnose is a fully rounded option, good to eliminate sharp corners for counter height kids.  Ogee is a more intricate design, incorporating an ‘S’ design.


Should I choose 2cm or 3cm?

Two things come in to play when deciding which thickness.  First, which do you prefer?  And the second questions the strength of your cabinets.  The difference between 2cm and 3cm is simply the thickness.  2cm is recommended for light weight cabinets while 3cm is recommended for more sturdy cabinets as well as any overhangs of more than 6 inches.

The durability of granite is exactly the same no matter which thickness you choose.


Do I seal my granite?

Because granite is porous it is highly recommended that you seal it regularly.  Dupont sells an array of granite and natural stone sealants that boast a lifetime of 5 years, however sealing annually is always a safe bet.


How do I clean my granite?

Avoid using ammonia, vinegar, or citrus-based cleaners on your granite as they will dull the shine.  Opt for a granite safe cleaner, Method brand makes one, or if you prefer a more DIY approach you can use warm water and a small amount of dish soap to wipe your counters down.


If you don’t see your granite question answered here, contact a McGrory Inc. countertop expert!