How to maintain the beauty and durability of your stone
First thing's first, Granite is an igneous rock which is formed when magma is forced between other rocks in the Earth's crust during volcanic activity. Crystals are formed as it cools deep underground. The hardness/strength of granite is due to the pressure exerted on the cooling rock much like how diamonds are formed, which is why it has been used as for centuries as a building material.
Granite is primarily made of quartz, mica, feldspar. As well as other minerals in smaller amounts. Which minerals and the concentration there of is what determines the color variations of the stone.
While granite is a very strong stone, it is not unbreakable. It can be chipped or cracked if misused or impacted by heavy objects. Because granite is so dense it doesn't have flexibility that other surfaces do, which can cause cracking in weak areas.
While granite is scratch resistant it is highly recommended that you use a proper cutting board, more so for the health of your knives than for your counter itself. A wooden cutting board is much softer than granite and do not pose a risk to dulling your knives.
Every 6-12 months we recommend resealing. If water does not bead on the surface of the stone it is time to reseal. Sealing your stone is a simple wipe on, wipe off procedure. It's not complicated and no special knowledge is required, below are some local stores which carry maintenance supplies to keep your granite looking flawless and damage free for as long as you own it. See some of our Ann Arbor Friends at Limos in Ann Arbor and Party Bus in Ann Arbor.