How Safe are Granite Counters?

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One of the most common misconceptions about granite counters is that they contain dangerous and unsafe levels of radon. So, as a company that specializes in the fabrication and installation of granite counters in Burnsville, we want to lay that myth to rest. Here are a few reasons granite counters are perfectly safe for your home and family.

First of all: what is radon? It is a colorless and odorless gas that naturally occurs in soil. It is also radioactive, which makes it very dangerous. As a matter of fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer (second only to smoking). And because it is colorless and odorless, a special test has to be performed to see if there are hazardous levels in your home.

So it is easy to see why so many people are concerned that granite counters contain high levels of radon.

However, granite is a nonporous stone. That means that it is not permeable to air, water or fluids. When something is described as porous, that means the material has tiny openings that allow water and fluids to get into and out of the material. Granite is the opposite of this, so there will never be any moisture issues with these kinds of stones. So that means a gas like radon cannot get into your granite counters and end up in your home.

Also, the Environmental Protection Agency released a document stating that granite counters are not a dangerous source of radon in homes. The document points out that granite is nonporous and that, in general, the rooms where granite is present are also well ventilated. The report goes on to state that the radon that could be contained in the soil beneath a home is more of a hazard.

As you can see, there is plenty of proof out there that backs up our claim that granite counters are not a danger to your home or your family. Granite counters are a durable and elegant addition to any home, and they are especially good in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. They’re bacteria, stain, heat and burn resistant. Taking care of them is easy too, and cleaning them is as easy as wiping them with a mild soap and damp cloth.

If you’re interested in learning more about granite counters in Burnsville, call Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135 or contact us and get a Free Estimate.

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