Sealing Granite Countertops

Sealing Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are among some of the strongest and most luxurious available. This natural material is a fantastic choice for most kitchens and baths. However, there are some extra components that go along with installing and owning a granite countertop.

A Bit About Granite

Granite is 100% natural, and as such, is porous, and needs to be sealed before use. Spills that go neglected, not cleaning properly, and issues through everyday use can ruin the surface of your granite top. The sealing process does not require a professional and can be completed at home with the proper product and tools.

What kind of sealers are available?

There are water-based and solvent-based sealers available. Water-based sealers are environmentally friendly and undergo natural evaporation when used, so there is little to no odor, with almost no VOCs emitted. This application is a bit quicker and a bit less complex than solvent-based sealers but is less penetrating. Water-based sealers are best for workplaces, hospitals, and schools because of their eco-friendliness.

Solvent-based sealers are more durable and are considered better for outdoor and indoor use. These sealers penetrate deeper than their water-based counterparts, and therefore, provide more protection in the long run. Solvent-based sealers release a strong odor when applied that lingers for a period of time. While more complicated than a water-based application, it is still easy to apply. Finally, Solvent-based sealers tend to be a bit more expensive than water-based sealers