FAQs

TriState Stone Marble and Granite of New Jersey: Importers and Fabricators of fine marble, granite, onyx, travertine, soapstone and other natural stone countertops, vanities and other decorative features.

  • Granite is a combination of hard minerals including mica, quartz and feldspar that thousands of years ago were fused together deep under the Earth’s surface by intense pressure and geothermic heat. This process created a very hard stone that is ideal for use in kitchen, bathroom and other environments because it is scratch and heat resistant, won’t be affected by everyday acids such as vinegar or lemon juice, and can be buffed up to a deep, gleaming polish that shows off all the beauty of it natural multi-toned striations.
  • One of the greatest advantages of granite is that it can withstand extremely high temperatures and it is unlikely that your pans will become hot enough to leave a mark on your granite worktop surface. However, heat can and does affect the surface sealant that is often used to protect the granite’s high polish finish which is why we always recommend that you use a trivet underneath any hot items just to be on the safe side. In addition, granite is a natural stone and there is always a very remote possibility that a hot pan could open up a minute fissure that over time may develop into a crack. That’s why we recommend better play safe than sorry.

    However, that being said, granite remains one of the hardest and most suitable natural stones to use in a kitchen environment and also in outdoor areas such as barbecue areas, outside kitchens, etc.

  • Granite is one of the hardest of natural stones and you will probably dull your knife blades long before you succeed in making a scratch! It is to protect your knives as well as your granite kitchen work surface that we recommend that you always use a chopping board! To keep your granite worktop’s polished, high gleam finish for longer between re-sealing coats we recommend using soft mats under ceramic, glassware, metal and other hard objects.
  • Recent studies that involved contaminating six different kitchen countertops with E. Coli bacteria and them washing and rinsing them with washing up soap and everyday cleaning practices found that granite is by far one of the most hygienic worktop materials around. Granite was shown to harbor significantly less E. Coli bacteria under regular cleaning practices than any of the other materials tested – including laminate, wood, tile, concrete and stainless steel.

    If you would like to find out more, please take a look at the article published by the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management in March 1999, entitled: "The Reduction of E. Coli on Various Countertop Surfaces", by Dr. O. Peter Snyder, Jr., PH.D.

  • Granite is one of the most impact resistant of natural stone surfaces but a sharp, hard blow (such as one caused by a chisel or hammer), particularly to the edges and corners, can cause damage. Fortunately, granite can be easily and almost invisibly repaired – the joint can be sanded down and polished up and usually the line of repair blends almost imperceptibly into granite’s naturally striated patterning.
  • The short answer is no – in fact, these naturally occurring stipples are simply the space that exists between the thousands of quartz, mica and feldspar crystals that make up its structure. They are usually most visible on ‘raw’ blocks of granite before it has been polished up to its mirror like finish. You may also see what look like natural fissures that resemble the appearance of cracks on the granite surface. Again, these fissures are not structural defects and do not affect the performance or function of the granite as a surface material – they are all simply part of its inherent natural design and beauty.