- Granite countertops are an all-natural product.
- Granite is available in all kinds of colours and unique patterns.
- Granite boosts the value of your home.
- Granite’s appearance blends well with different styles of decor.
- Granite is durable and easy to clean.
- Granite is resistant to scratching and chipping.
- You can save 10% off your granite countertop right now when you visit the Onyx Stones showroom in Kamloops (limited-time promo).
But would you ever want to use your new granite countertop as a place to rest your hot pots and pans as you cook?
Just because you can, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. It’s not something you’d want to make a habit of every day, and here’s why.
Granite is a Heat Resistant Stone
It’s wild to think about, but that beautiful granite countertop you’ve just had installed in your kitchen is essentially a big chunk of lava. As an igneous rock, granite can withstand temperatures up to 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s almost 900 degrees Celsius for us Canadians)!
When you consider that a hot frying pan on medium-high heat maxes out around 400°F (or 204°C), you really shouldn’t have any worries. After all, the most common cooking setting is usually between 325-375°C.
So why is it that so many granite countertop installers advise against placing hot pots and pans on the counter for long durations, especially in the same spot?
There are a few reasons why.
Although incredibly rare, granite countertops can suffer the effects of thermal shock (TS). Thermal shock occurs as the result of exposure to extreme temperature fluctuations, which causes stress between the surface and middle layers. This process can lead to fractures within the rock itself.
People with discoloured granite countertops likely have a countertop with a deteriorated protective sealant. Once that sealant has worn off, the porous granite underneath is subject to staining. Excess heat can damage the sealant layer. However, such things can usually be repaired.
Granite countertops do require sealant as part of their upkeep, and it should generally be done around once a year for maximum protection.
Risk of Burns
Another one of granite’s properties is that it absorbs heat. Once you remove a hot pan from its surface, the area that was underneath the pan remains hot. Without any visual clue as to its temperature, it’s easy to see how someone could accidentally burn themselves on the same spot.
When it comes to the preservation of your beautiful new granite countertop, it’s wise to err on the side of caution and keep the pots and pans heating on the stove where they belong.
If you have questions about the sale and installation of granite countertops in Kamloops or the Prince George region, book a consultation today!
If you’re interested in the promotion mentioned at the top of this page, drop by their Kamloops showroom located at 767 Notre Dame Drive or call 236-852-6699