- I want to replace some counter tops. Which is better Marble or Granite and why?
Answer by Pehsha P
Granite. Marble is really hard to take care of. It stains and burns really easy, Marble is really a soft stone. Granite is a much harder stone, and that makes it easier to care for.
- Has anyone used granite shield? Just looking for people who have used it to see how the product works.
Answer by sealingtechnologies
With granite by Granite Shield Countertops or granite sealed by Granite Shield you dont have to worry about rushing to wipe up spills, worry about acidic liquids, using coasters or placemats ever again. With granite sealed permanently by Granite Shield they mean its permanently sealed, never has to be sealed again, has a lifetime warranty, not a limited warranty limiting you to use special cleaners and follow special maintenance procedures like other companies.
What customers, other companys and even Granite Shield applicators are saying about the Granite Shield lifetime guaranteed permanent sealing process.
“I wanted to inquire as to who I would contact to have an appointment done for the Granite Shield. I have granite in my kitchen and had the Granite Shield applied and have had no problems. However, my parents, who have the same granite as I do, did not have the Granite Shield applied and their granite has darkened in certain spots, due to some staining. I was wondering who would be the contact to find out about having the stains removed, if possible and then having the Granite Shield applied?”
J. A. Calabrese, CFP
Assistant Vice President
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
“We installed a CaesarStone (HONED finish) bar counter that is extremely difficult to clean. Following is an excerpt of an email I received from a CaesarStone representative recommending your Granite Shield product:
There is one product that CaesarStone has tested and approved for use on our product. Its a one time application that doesnt change the finish hardly at all (it might add a little luster to it). From the results that I have seen it really does keep the dirt and oils from sticking to the surface which makes cleaning a lot easier. Its called Granite Shield 877-477-3254.
We live in Chaska, Minnesota (just 20 miles from Minneapolis) and would like to engage someone to professionally apply your Granite Shield product to protect the bar from fingerprints and stains. Could you recommend someone we could contact?”
Chaska, MN 55318
“Wow for Granite Shield! Once again my son put a container with oil on the bottom on top of my very light colored granite counter top. Only this time it is shielded! No stain!!! Yes! Granite Shield is wonderful!”
San Francisco, CA
“First of all, I would like to thank you for the prompt and professional service I received from you and your staff at Granite Shield. I would also like to share with you a little story of an event that occurred a couple of days after you completed the job. At about 3:00 in the morning I was awakened by my teenage son advising me that his bathroom was overflowing with water. I quickly got up and was greeted with his bathroom having about 1/4 of an inch of water from an overflowing toilet. I quickly shut off the water supply to the toilet and proceeded, with my wife and son, to clean up the mess. To my great surprise, the travertine floor that had been treated by your company actually held out the water and as soon as we dried it up, the floor showed no water spots of any kind. As a matter of fact, the bathroom is located on the second floor and to my great surprise we had no leakage onto the first floor.
You may use this testimonial if you so desire, as part of your advertising as I am very happy with the way your “Granite Shield” has functioned thus far. I have and will continue to recommend your company.
Very truly yours,
L. P. Carreras, EA, AT”
L.P. Carreras & Associates
“Craig, Last week you shipped me some sealer at the request of Craig Kenningson at Santa Regina International, LTD www.SantaRegina.com. I also spoke with you about the products application on Friday afternoon. We applied it on Sunday after the Terrazzo was completely dry. It is a nice product that is pretty easy to work with.
I had a slight amount of the product left over and I did some testing with it on my own. All I can say is wow. I put it on a couple of pieces of slate, and it worked great. Beaded up like a mother. I thought your talk about Dry Treat was a guy proud of his product, but hey the proof is in the pudding.
I also honed 1/2 a polished square of Brecca Oniciatia. I split the tile in thirds, with one section your stuff, the other a competitors and one clear. I applied two coats each. Your competitor didnt fare so well, so I gave him another coat. Maybe it will be better for him in the morning. Worked great on the polished side as well as the honed. I will send pics, but I am sure you know all this.
I call on architects, designers, tile retailers & distributors (like Daltile where Craig found us) stone fabricators here in Jacksonville FL. We should talk about your products.
I am filling out the applicator info and will send it to you.”
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“We have spent a lot of time refining our process in order to completely eliminate the absorption and staining issue on our cement based engineered terrazzo flooring. Initially, we tested all major sealing products on the market. We solved our problem by developing a new proprietary sealing system with a company called Granite Shield which takes the free lime from our cement and crystallizes into a quartz material. This satisfies 98% of the seal. We then add an ionized polymer sealer on top of the tile to complete the seal. Now our Santa Regina engineered terrazzo has a 10 year stain resistant warranty backed by Granite Shield. To enhance the warranty to a 10 year stain proof warranty an Authorized Granite Shield applicator must complete the sealing process by sealing the grout after installation. Our terrazzo is sold through Daltile nationally.
Thank you Granite Shield for solving our problem.”
Santa Regina International, LTD
Palmer, TX 75152
“My name is Karan Barber and I am the Granite Shield Distributor for this area. This product is terrific. It truly is amazing! We have Shielded several types of stone and put them to the test. We put red wine, red Kool-Aid, iodine, brake fluid, oven cleaner, lemon juice etc. on the shielded stone, left it for 24 hours and it wiped right off with a wet paper towel. Water beads on honed stone.”
Granite Shield Distributor / Applicator
Monroe, NC 28110
“November 07, 2006 I have a customer for whom we installed new Venetian Gold granite kitchen countertops in August 2005. He claims that every day the counter is covered in “grit” that cant really be seen, but can be felt. It has been an ongoing problem since installation. I went to visit and found the tops to be just as smooth and shiny as the day installed. I suggested maybe his ceiling is falling apart rather than his countertop and that if that much “grit” came out of his tops every day, there wouldnt be much granite left. He is raising hell with the cabinet shop and contractor and I dont have any ideas. Has anyone had a similar problem customer in the past?”
“November 08, 2006 The granite was definitely sealed, but I dont remember which sealer we were using at that time. Furthermore the customer went to Home Depot and purchased a cleaner and sealer kit and has sealed the top another half dozen times. The only time I have experienced anything like this, it was short lived, not continuous for over a year.”
“December 19, 2006 2 weeks ago I applied Granite Shield to the table as a sample to see if it would stop the “shedding” problem. The customer is now very happy and I will be applying Granite Shield to the countertops after the holidays.”
“January 11, 2007 This is definitely grit that is coming off the tops. The table was the worst area and it had almost a honed feel to it, but was still shiny. We had to epoxy fill just 2 “chips”. The Granite Shield did the rest. Shedding stopped, feels smooth, CUSTOMER HAPPY!”
Granite Shield Distributor / Applicator
Punta Gorda, FL
“Still today, with the ever changing uses and fabrication of natural stone surfaces, obtaining the best protection means never stopping the research and development process. The Granite Shield chemical wizards are constantly fine tuning their processes and chemicals so that they can offer nothing but the best to the homeowner. Many people have gone to great lengths to choose exactly what type of surface and which color they want to get that “dream home” look. This concern has frightened many people and actually caused them to not seal and protect their particular surface. In the long run, this has ended up causing them tremendous headache and possibly costly refinishing and repair.
With the exception of stone enhancer/darkener, Granite Shield is one of the only sealing companies on the market who guarantees not to change the color or appearance of your precious and fragile surface. You will see your polished granite take on a vibrant new look with more life and color than you noticed before. But at the same time, your honed or matte finishes will not change; only be easier to maintain for years to come.”
Granite Shield Applicator Northern Nevada
Carson City, NV 89701
With Granite Shields permanent lifetime warranty & maintenance free sealed granite you dont need special cleaners to clean and maintain your granite. You can even use an over the counter window cleaner with ammonia. Granite Shield recommends Windex or Clorox wipes plus a microfiber towel on glossy granite sealed by Granite Shield to clean the granite. You dont have to worry about cleaning the spill immediately. They dont recommend using a cleaner that has polishes or waxes because it will only build up on your granite leaving a waxy, dull, smeary build up. Should that occur with granite sealed by Granite Shield you can just go down to the local hardware store and buy denatured alcohol to remove the residue and your granite will look shiny, repellent and brand new again.
Below is the use and care guide for the following companies
Granite sealed by Granite Shield you dont need to wipe up spills immediatley: http://www.graniteshieldcountertops.com/graniteshielduseandcare.html
The following 3 say you need to wipe up spills immediately:
Stonemark By Innovative Stone with Permashield: http://stonemark.com/use-care.htm
Granite Certified By DuPont: http://www2.dupont.com/Surfaces/en_US/products/granite/granite_care.html
Cosentino Sensa with Sensaguard: http://www.cosentinowarranty.com/information/sensa.cfm
Hope this helps. Granite Shield is a proud member of the Marble Institute.
- I have a project on Lake Superior and Lake Superior has granite outcrops. I just want to know what it is, please help!
Answer by Anne M
Granite outcrops are simply big exposed pieces of granite. Granite is what geologists refer to as an intrusive magma. That means it cooled inside the earth slowly and that is why the crystals are visible to the naked eye. This granite was exposed after mountains that were once there eroded and exposed the underlying granite deposits. The granite at Lake Superior is actually some of the oldest rock in the world! It dates back to the Precambrian era which is around 4.5 billion years ago. Also, you should mention that Lake Superior and all of the great lakes used to be glaciers that existed around 18,000-10,000 years ago during the Pleistocene ice age. Good luck with your project!
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