What is the thickness of the granite used for countertops?

At Rock Solid Granite & Tile we  use 3cm (1 ¼”) thick granite for kitchen countertops application.  1 ¼” thickness granite is sturdy enough to be placed directly on the your cabinets.

Does granite emit harmful radiation?

At Rock Solid Granite & Tile, we are frequently asked this question by home owners. The answer is granite was tested for Radon emissions and found to emit very insignificant levels of Radon. Granite is found to be safe for usage in homes with out any harmful effects. You can read the report on this research at the website of the
Marble Institute of America.

Can knives scratch granite?

Knives cannot scratch true granite.  The only thing harder than granite is diamond.  For example, diamond is scored 10 on the MOH’s hardness scale and granite is scored 7.  Diamond blades are the only thing that can cleanly cut through granite.  Other natural stones like Gneiss and Schist are commonly called granite, but they do not have a MOH score of 7, and they can be probably scratched by knives.

What is Granite?

Granite is a naturally found stone composed of several large mineral grains tightly packed together.  The main components include Feldspar and Quartz with a mix of other minerals including Biotite and Muscovite.

The minerals Feldspar and Quartz, which are the major components of granite, are harder than steel.  This is why throughout human civilization, granite has been used as a building material.

The mica minerals called Biotite and Muscovite are more minor components of granite and give it a glittery appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does granite need to be resealed regularly?

If you use high quality impregnating sealers like Dry-Treat sealer as we do, you will not have to reseal your granite for fifteen years. 

What are prefabricated granite blanks?

Granite slabs that are cut into particular sizes and have one edge that is polished.  They are typically fabricated in countries with cheap labor, like China, and if you decide to use these, you will not have a custom fabricated countertop.  Some lower end fabricators use granite blanks to entice customers with a lower price.

Is granite expensive?

Actually, the entry level granite countertop prices have become very affordable because of the abundant supply of natural granite and modern technology.

Does heat damage granite?

No, granite can withstand very high temperatures.  Placing hot pans or a hot kettle will not cause any damage to the granite’s color or stability.  However, it is recommended that you use trivets because of other reasons.

What surface finishes does granite come with?

Polished: A shiny, glossy surface.  This is by far the most popular.
: A matte finish.
Brushed: A rough texture.  Suitable for outdoor kitchens, though some designers like to use it inside as well.

Can granite be repaired?

At Rock Solid Granite & Tile, we have been asked if granite can be repaired, if chips or cracks that occur from accidental impacts can be fixed.  The answer is yes, they can be repaired by a granite fabricator.

Is granite high maintenance?

In fact, granite countertops require very little maintenance.  You only have to clean them with a mild soap and warm water.

Do I need to reinforce my cabinets for granite installation?

No. If you use 3cm (1 ¼”) thick granite which is normal in the Idaho falls area, you do not need any special reinforcement. You may need some additional support in the corners of walls and  overhangs that our template specialist (the guy who comes to measure) will be able to explain to you.

Does granite harbor bacteria?

No, the center for disease control did not find any evidence to suggest that bacteria could grow in granite.

Where does granite originate?

Granite is naturally formed in most parts of the world, but it is quarried in significant quantities in Brazil, India, Italy, Africa, Norway, Finland, and China.  A majority of the most desirable granite slabs used for kitchen countertops in the USA come from Brazil, India, and Italy.


4115 North Haroldsen Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83401

Do I need an appointment?

No. You can visit us at any time during our normal business hours. On Saturdays, it is better if you call us beforehand so that we are able to give you our undivided attention.

What is the area your company works in?

We proudly serve Eastern Idaho north to Island Park and to West Yellowstone, Montana and from Afton/Thayne to Jackson/Alpine areas of Wyoming.

Rock Solid Granite & Tile, Inc.
4115 N. Haroldsen Dr.Idaho Falls, ID83401US
Phone: 208-529-2788 Website: http://rocksolidgranite.net/