Over the time, natural stones have delivered elegance and stunning effect to the commercial buildings and residential spaces. But it’s quite hard to differentiate if you are using authentic granite slab or not. With technology updates, it has become so easy to create the replica of the original stone with similar functionalities. No wonder, man-made granite has its individual features and value, but when you are looking for the original one there are certain things you should look for. So below are some characteristics of granite that may help you buy the real one on sight.
Check the overall pattern and colors of the granite slab. If the color appears same throughout the surface i.e. it is man made granite because every slab of granite is unique in its own way. Granite is a natural stone and the veins, colors, and texture on the granite surface doesn’t matches with the second piece of the same slab. Man Made granite has almost no imperfections in the pattern while natural granite has some imperfections that can be easily noticed.
Another way of testing if the granite is real or fake is through the water test. Granite is engineered stone and is completely nonporous. If water is poured on the stone, it will not be absorbed as the engineered stones are made of epoxy resins and cannot absorb liquids. After pouring the water on granite wait for a reaction. If the stone absorbs the water, it will get darken i.e. it is porous and unsealed.
Note: This method is not 100% proof for identifying fake granite as it may take time if granite is dense and is well sealed with granite sealer.
A quick tapping on the back of the granite surface can tell you a lot about its originality. When you tap on the back, granite does produce a ringing sound, a man-made stone is always prepared from the resins and crystals of stones thus it doesn’t produce sound.
Basically, the pricing for the granite starts from $50-$60 per square foot and ranges to $2500 per square foot. If the salesperson is showing you the granite pieces that range lower than the above prices this clearly indicates he is selling you laminate countertops or a poor quality granite pieces.
Check the seam of the existing granite countertop installed in your kitchen or bathroom. If the granite is man-made you will notice almost no shift of the pattern at the seam. With real granite, you will definitely notice a change in pattern at the time of installation itself. Though professionals completely minimize the pattern shift, it can somehow be noticed when focused.
If you would like to learn more about granite originality and care, reach out at Cosmos Granite and Marble today. Our experts will further guide you through the advanced options and technologies used to install natural stones, value, and products that match your requirements.
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