International Stone Gallery of Buffalo, NY has the largest inventory of granite available in all of Buffalo and Western New York!
Granite is one of the strongest and most unique surfaces used for custom countertops. Resistant to scratches and heat, granite is a combination of the mineral quartz crystals, feldspar and other minerals formed from liquid magma, the molten rock found at the core of the planet. When liquid magma is cooled slowly, it forms granite, which has the hardness and durability of diamond.
Granite is a natural product and comes from the ground, which means no two slabs of granite are the same.
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Below are just a few colors of granite, but there are hundreds to choose from, please call 716-625-8400 or stop into 6251 S. Transit Road, Lockport, NY.
Do I have to seal my granite?
No. This is the number one question asked. Granite from International Stone Gallery is already sealed.
What is the appropriate thickness for a granite countertop?
A kitchen countertop should be an inch and a quarter thick for structural reasons. Bathroom vanity tops can be thinner.
Can I cut on my Granite countertop?
You can. Granite is extremely hard and can withstand even the sharpest knives. It's not a good thing for your knives though. They can get dull in as little as one use. We recommend using a wooden or plastic cutting board.
Can my granite top be damaged?
Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp tipped hard objects. Unsealed granite can absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect granite under normal circumstances.
My little sample of granite has pits on the surface, will I have these on my kitchen counters?
Granite, which is crystalline in its structure, often has tiny pits or spaces between the various mineral crystals. It's hard to see them on a larger piece because the overall appearance is polished and mirror-like. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure which formed the granite ages ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material. A product from Mother Nature should not be expected to look manmade.
Can I set a hot pot on my granite countertop?
Granite is formed by extreme heat combined with pressure occurring beneath the earth's crust. It is extremely unlikely that a granite countertop would crack or discolor when exposed to a hot pan.
Can granite chip?
Only in cases of severe abuse with a hammer or impact tool. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture. If a chip occurs on your countertop, do not throw out the chipped pieces. We can use them to fix the countertop, so that no one will be able to tell it was ever chipped.
Can granite crack?
No, not with regular use. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during shipping and installation. Normal use will not overstress this durable material.
Can granite cantilever (hang over the edge of a cabinet)?
You can cantilever granite up to 14" with sufficient support on the fixed end and with a large enough piece. Never cantilever unsupported granite where it might receive excessive stress like someone sitting on a counter or stepping on a counter to change a light bulb. You must have support underneath for these situations.
Can granite be repaired?
It is very hard to damage granite. If any damage occurs it can usually be fixed with a mixture of epoxy and ground up chips of granite.
Do granite seams show?
Because granite is a natural material and is mined from the quarry in blocks usually no more than 10 foot long, you will most likely end up with seams. Also, because granite is sold in rectangular pieces, you may want to use seams to reduce your costs, such as in an "L" shaped corner. The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color and pattern. A small, uniform grain (such as Uba Tuba) will not be as apparent as a larger varied grain (such as Peacock Green). A dark color (Platinum) will be less apparent than a light color (Imperial White). A dramatic pattern with swaths of color (Kinawa, Paradiso) will show more seams than a uniform pattern (Dakota Mahogany). Most customers have found that the beauty of natural granite outweighs the concern of seams.
Does granite stain?
Most natural stones are porous to some degree. Granite has very little porosity. Most colors will never show any moisture. A few colors may show some moisture if exposed for a period of time. For example, a puddle of water left on the counter for 30 minutes for some colors, may show a dark spot when the water is wiped away. This spot will then dry up and no evidence will show. If AGM daily granite cleaner is used there will be no need to reseal the countertops because cleaner contains some sealer and every time the countertops are cleaned they are also being sealed at the same time.
How do I clean my granite countertop?
Granite can be cleaned with any mild cleaner such as warm water with dish soap. It is however preferred to use a specially formulated cleaner, such as the AGM daily granite cleaner. If you are going to go with just plain soap and water, keep in mind that this can lead to soap build up. When using our granite cleaner, let it sit for about 30 seconds and then wipe it off well using a soft cloth. This will work best. The AGM Granite cleaner also contains part sealer, which will help protect your countertops.
Will my granite look like the online sample?
The samples you see on our website have been photographed and saved as digital images. The color tones may not be absolutely correct due to variations in computer systems, monitors and compression algorithms. Also, granite is a natural material with naturally occurring variations in color, tone, granularity, pattern, etc. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty.
How is granite formed?
Granite is an igneous rock of visible crystalline formation and texture. It is composed primarily of feldspar, quartz, and mica. It starts off as liquid magma deep within the earth's core where it is cooled and compressed over millions of years under tons of pressure. It is then quarried, cut and polished. Granite can be installed in various ways such as kitchen countertops, vanity tops, fireplace surrounds as well as jacuzzi surrounds and other custom designs.
Is granite expensive?
The cost of granite counters can vary a lot depending on the color, edge profile and custom shapes used in the layout. Our pricing is very competitive and hard to surpass when you consider the total value of our services.