OK, not the "whole slab", but they tested by *heating the slab*. Which will
have a certain thermal gradient created by thermal diffusion. That's not the
same as the kind of thermal shock that putting a hot pan on top of a room
temperature surface can induce.
But note they heated a pot directly on the slab until the cast iron was
glowing RED way more than 600F.
And note that this was a resin teated slab, as most slabs now are resin
treated and it still performed beautifully.
I am SOLD on Granite for kitchens.
Note two things about this test.
1. The granite slab they used is resin treated Ithink that means that
the salb has been treated with product to fill voids and fissures
2. The used a BIG ass blow torch to boil water, heat a irn skilletto
RED hot state, AND cooked steaks on it. No rings no staisn, no
discoloration. After washing the cooking surface, you dcould NOT tell
that anything had happened to it, other than som grease stains on the
Color me CONVINCED. Granite is it for kitchen
Bathrooms are to be Traveertine floors and walls. Undecided on bath
You're going to point us to a *DuPont* site, the inventors and patent and
trademark holders of Corian, and suggest that this is a disinterested view "from
a company that sells both Corian and granite" just because they'll certify some
granites?? C'mon. At least one purported advantage, that trivets can be cut
from Corian, is perfectly applicable to granite as well - I'm *looking at* my
Mind, although I have granite and I'm very happy with it, I don't think it's the
end all and be all, and I even have said here that Formica has its beauty and
its place in kitchens and elsehere. But I can spot someone on a tear with a
point to prove, and, honey, you're it.
I am tentively planning on light colored granite countertops.
Imperial White or Sunshine Gold.
Yep Sunshine Gold is not a light color, however it will accent the
cabinets without being too dark. Floors will be a gid pattern of 4 Blue
Pearl tiles with a 4 inch inset of Imperial White in the kitchen,
reversed in the rest of the house.
www.marblemaster.com shows a similar patter but with every corner of
each 12 inch tile cut, adn a 2 inch accent piece. I will make a single
cut on each corner, and butt 4 tiles together to make a square with a
diagonal 4 inch wide accent at each corner.
Accents are two feet apart rather than 1 foot. Accents are not black also.
I agree that chipping of the edge can be a problem, particularly in some
areas of the kitchen where heavy things get moved onto and off of
countertops. Accordingly, I MAY decide on a wooden edge as they can
more easily and more inexpensively be repaired or replaced.
My digital camera is "missing." I'll find out this weekend when I
search through the house and through everything that was packed away
to make room for the painters and carpet installers to work whether it
was misplaced and packed with those items or whether it was stolen by
one of the contractors. I really wanted to post some pictures and I
It looks pretty similar to the photos posted in stoneadvice forums
though. I'll see if the dark circles start to fade out in a few more
days. The granite company has not come out to look at it yet. I just
reported it to them today since they were closed on the weekend. It
has already been 3 days though, so I think it would have faded away by
now if it was going to fade anytime soon.
If they are oil they will never fade, just spread out more. If water, then
they will dry out and disappear. I put in a granite kitchen floor once. It
wasn't sealed. No one told me anything about sealing. When I left it had
stains. I'm sure now, ten years later, it has lots more.
Not all granites are absorbent. I have granite counters now and with no
sealing they don't absorb anything. The grain is very large and obviously
tight. It goes by Rudy Red or Imperial Red, and probably other names. This
appears to be the same granite that I put in a bathroom once on the floor
and for the sink top. Again, it never absorbed any water at all. And I know
we didn't seal it.
Don <www.donwiss.com> (e-mail link at home page bottom).
I don't think there is any reason for oil to be there, but it it is
more likely the adhesive used to glue down the granite (does that
contain oil?). I can guess that it could be moisture that was sucked
up to the surface by the suction cups, but that would have dried by
now, since this is not a humid area.
How long does adhesive take to dry out in low humidity?
Unless they were just experimenting with a new type of adhesive, this
issue would have come up for them many times before and they should
know exactly what it takes to resolve the problem. They do a poor job
of communication though.
I will not give them their final payment until I at least see it
starting to steadily fade away or unless they give a written gaurantee
saying they will replace it at no charge including paying for any other
releated repairs and parts required (plumbing reinstallation,
backsplash etc.) if it does not completely fade within a specified
number of days.
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