Natural stone’s variability is one of its most appealing features. No two slabs of granite, for example, will be identical. Instead, each one features color and composition variants that will offer your home or business a distinct flair. Unfortunately, the same diversity that is enticing on an aesthetic level can be irritating on a practical level, especially when looking for stone and need to know about the care and upkeep connected with each alternative.
When purchasing granite, you may have the option of choosing between resin-treated and untreated granite. Before making a decision, make sure you understand all of your possibilities. If you need help with granite cleaning, maintenance, or other services, contact Fuller Stone Care at 855-205-0972 to learn more.
What is the definition of resined granite?
Resined granite is a stone that has been treated with specially designed resins to help plug the stone’s inherent pores and lower its porosity by 30 to 35 percent. Resined granite is similar to stone that has been factory-sealed. This is how it is frequently advertised–resined granite was created in part to compete with quartz countertops, which do not require sealing.
Is it necessary to seal resined granites?
It might seem reasonable to assume that resined granite will not require sealing because the goal of granite sealing is to assist reduce the pore size of the stone and make it more stain resistant.
However, you should never make such a broad generalization without properly evaluating the characteristics of the exact stone in issue. After all, every stone is unique. Even though the resin treatment reduces porosity by 30 to 35 percent, some stones may still absorb liquids and become discolored.
Aside from differences in the composition of different stones, keep in mind that not all manufactures offer the same level of resin treatment. In some companies, the crucial process of honing the slabs before applying the resin is skipped. As a result, the resin penetrates less effectively and the stone is less protected.
Always check to see if your granite needs to be sealed
Rather than worrying about what different manufacturers or experts have to say about the qualities of granite from a specific quarry or factory, simply test the porosity of your granite to see if it requires sealing. Simply leave a few drops of water on the slab for around five minutes to see how quickly it absorbs. If the water stops flowing, you should seal your stone to make it less absorbent and stain resistant. If the water is still present, your stone (resined or not) is dense enough to withstand discoloration on its own.
Questions? Contact Fuller Stone Care now.
Upkeep is always available to relieve the stress of stone care. Please call Fuller Stone Care at 855-205-0972 if you have any questions regarding sealing or resealing your granite.