Here are some of the most common misapprehensions about the famous Granite worktops:
First: “Granite is exceedingly heat resistant, so it’s really okay to place hot pots and pans on top of the worktop itself.”
The resistance of Granite worktops to high temperatures that are typically encountered in kitchens is truly accurate, although, extreme heat can eventually discolour and even damage some brands of granite sealant. Aside from that, interior stresses can also be the cause of rapid heating that may result to unwanted cracks at some weak spots, such as a natural flaw or crevice in the stone. The most certain way to eliminate this highly potential risk is to simply utilize a stand with feet in order to support the pans, instead of placing them directly on the surface.
Second: “Granite stones can produce radon, and can therefore cause various types of cancer.”
This statement is definitely false. Granite stones are not dangerous nor are they radioactive, as such, they are absolutely risk-free to use inside your home and other property. Most of these false information about granite stones emitting radon is extremely biased, not everything you find in the internet is true after all. Also, it was likely put out there by companies that earns and profits from marketing other surface materials other than granite.
Third: “Granite worktops will never stain, chip, and even crack .”
High-quality granite worktops are remarkably resistant to high amount of pressure and damages, but just like any other natural stones, they might eventually chip when exposed to heavy and/or hard objects, particularly against the edges of the counter. Some cracks can even be a result of mistakes during the installation or fabrication process, and as mentioned earlier, from natural faults in the granite stone itself.
Regardless, don’t let these misconceptions affect your perception about Granite worktops as they are one of the most robust material you can find.