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All About Countertops

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about countertops and countertop materials by reading the FAQs page of PARDEE ENTERPRISES INC. in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Q? Does granite stain?

A. In general, it is unlikely. All stone and quartz counters are porous to some extent; however, granite has very little porosity relative to other stones. Most granite colors will never show moisture, but some colors will show a dark spot if a puddle of liquid is left on the counter for a period of time.

To be safe, be sure that your granite is sealed properly before or during installation. 

Q? Does granite chip or scratch?

A. Granite is a very dense material, and under normal conditions, it is chip and scratch-resistant. However, pots, pans, and other heavy objects may chip the square edge around a sink area. Several other edge profiles are available that will look beautiful and reduce the chances of chipping.

Q? Can I set hot pans on granite countertops?

A. Yes, Granite is ideal for kitchens because under normal conditions it will not burn. Granite will not be harmed by hot pots, pans, or open flames.

Q? Can I set hot pans on quartz countertops?

A. NO, quartz countertops are a durable countertop surface for kitchens because under normal conditions they will not burn. However, our experience has shown that the manmade elements of quartz such as the resin can and in many cases will discolor. Granite will not be harmed by hot pots, pans, or open flames.

Q? How do I know if I need to seal my granite?

A. One method you can use to check if your granite needs to be resealed is to sprinkle some water on your countertops. If the water soaks into the stone and does not bead up, then we would recommend resealing your granite.

Q? How will I know if my old cabinets can support a new countertop?

A. Stone countertops can weigh upwards of 25 pounds per square foot, and most of the time, structural integrity is a good idea to prevent future problems such as seam separation. At the time of your estimate or template, our team will make sure your cabinets are structurally sound to handle the weight of your new countertops.

Q? Will my countertop have a seam?

A. We try extremely hard to avoid seams, but the reality is that the majority of kitchen countertops will have a seam no matter how hard we try. We are limited to the dimensions of the slab and the consumption of material figured for the project.

Q? How is the seam placement determined?

A. Seams are determined by River Valley Granite depending on countertop layout, slab sizes, support needed, and 

material usage.

Q? Can marble be used in the kitchen?

A. Marble is a beautiful stone, but most marbles are not recommended for use in the kitchen because of its tendency to stain, etch, and scratch. However, because of its beauty and the classic look, marble is an excellent choice for vanities, wet bars, and fireplace surrounds.

Q? Can I cut on granite?

A. Yes, Granite is an extremely tough, durable material, and in most cases, can be used as a cutting surface without fear of scratching the stone (although knives may dull the surface by repeated cutting on the stone). However, with that being said, we always recommend using a cutting board.