20 July 2016

Golden silver granite is a great countertop material that is quite popular with many homeowners. One of its best qualities is that it comes with natural fissures that give it an authentic stone look to enhance the look of a granite kitchen. However, these are not always receiving the glam as homeowners are constantly worried about the possibility that bacteria may grow between them. As such, homeowners are concerned about health implications and often look for ways to fill and level them.

The confusion between cracks and fissures

Natural Fissures

Before we can discuss how to best handle natural fissures, it’s important to address the misconception that cracks and fissures are the same thing. Fissures are natural and are therefore part of the stone. And while they can crack and be conceived as weak points, they are not. This is so because stone still remains contiguous along the fissure, meaning there is no separation along the fissures.

Fissures are visible and can sometimes be felt. With seamlessly finished surfaces, you will not be able to see any canals, gaps or depressions. It might be minute at times, but it will be barely perceptible. As you may have learned by now, fissures barely affect the performance or integrity on your golden silver granite countertop. They will not pose any problems as long as they do not crack.

Unlike fissures, cracks are physical separation of stone. They often occur as hairline cracks and these are not problematic to granite countertops. In fact, they never get worse unless a lip is formed. That said, cracks are visible and unless a lip forms, they do not collect dust particles.

Granite and bacteria

You may not be aware of this, but granite hardly supports growth of bacteria. And in case you are wondering, this is proven by independent tests. While it is nearly impossible to clean all the bacteria, it’s important to always remember that your granite countertop will not harbor bacteria. However, the occurrence of cracks may change this.

What are your options?

While fissures and cracks may not affect the functionality of your countertops, homeowners will always feel the need to have them filled or something close to that. They prefer it if their countertops are 100% smooth and with an even surface.

Fortunately, there are several options for handling fissures and cracks to achieve just that. The most common and effective solution is sealing. Sealing is done to fill pores to make the granite stain resistant. It can also be done to fill fissures and cracks, making the countertop smooth and even. The component responsible for filling voids on your golden, silver granite countertop is usually resin. This will sometimes be done by manufacturers before your countertop is delivered to your house.

Permanent surface coatings are also used to cover fissures and cracks. As they are usually made of acrylic, this method of filling is often recommended as it distorts the original look of granite and makes your countertop look like it was made of acrylic in the first place. Moreover, they are likely to present problems if the countertop ever needs repairs. The hassle of maintaining these coatings is also not worth the effort.