Do you really need to seal your granite countertop?

Granite countertops can present a series of considerable advantages for your home or for your business. If you are interested in getting some of the strongest and most luxurious countertop materials on the market today, granite remains an excellent choice for your property. The sealing that is required for granite is often an added precaution but these types of countertops can last for generations inside a home. 

Many installers of granite and experts in the field of countertops recommend regularly sealing off granite and marble so that they can have their longevity preserved. Even though granite is an extremely durable material, it remains extremely important to seal it off to preserve the color of the stone and to make sure that it can be appropriately cleaned over time. Quality granite and marble often comes with a resin coating seal that needs to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. If this seal is installed by a professional it is very likely that it can last a minimum of 12 years before you will start to notice that this seal could be wearing in areas of high traffic along your countertop.

The durability of resin:

The resin coating is extremely durable and it will feel any of the poorest veins or fissures that occur naturally throughout your granite countertop. The epoxy that fills into the stone slabs will cover any of the unstable areas along the granite countertop and create a very smooth finish that is easier to clean. Most fabricators of granite countertops will apply the resin coating to this lab before the granite is installed. After the granite is installed, sometimes an installer will go through and fill in any patches or do some of the edge work to make sure that the entire slab is completely sealed off. The resin will often go on in a cloudy format and then properly clear up as it dries.

Why choose a professional:

Sealing your granite countertop is usually something that’s best done by a professional. It might be tempting to try and fill in some of the areas where the seal has come off or where the countertop has begun to discolor. It’s very important to know more about the sealer that is on your countertop and take every effort to potentially blend the seal appropriately. This is where professionals will be able to offer a better option for sealing in your granite countertop. 

The professional quality sealers that are offered by contractors will also be far superior to many of the over-the-counter tools that you can pick up. There are some type chip seals that are really designed to last just 6 to 12 months so it’s important to know more about the sealer that is being installed before you begin to apply it to your countertop. Working with a professional installer will make sure that this sealer that’s being applied is rated for your countertop and that it’s designed to give you the greatest longevity for your countertop. 

How to test and see if your countertop needs resealing:

One of the simplest ways to test and see if your countertop needs resealing comes down to the support of a simple water test. If you pour a quarter cup of water in some of the areas where you think your countertop may need resealing, you’ll be able to see if the stone underneath is able to absorb the water. Pouring a quarter cup of the water along the troublesome areas and letting it stand for 30 min. will be a telltale sign. If the water is still sitting on your countertop after 30 min., The sealer is intact but if the water has been absorbed into the countertop then the area will require a new resealing. 

Sealing your countertop is a required part of countertop maintenance:

If you feel as though it is time for you to install a new countertop or carry out a resealing, it is important to remember that this is a required part of countertop maintenance with granite. Resealing is a relatively inexpensive solution and it’s far less costly than having to repair your countertop every 10 to 12 years. 

If you’re interested in countertop resealing for granite contact our experts in the GTA at Cava Granite now. 

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