Natural/ Engineered Stone:
Pits and fissures on the surface:
Fissures occur naturally in many stone types. The term fissure is used commercially in the stone industry to describe a visible separation along inter-crystalline boundaries. This separation may start and stop within the field of the stone or extend through an edge. A fissure differs from a crack in that it is a naturally occurring feature of the stone. All granites contain some degree of fissure. Some contain more than others. Fissures occur naturally in granite and are not a flaw.
Pitting of the countertop surface, particularly in granite, is a commonly seen characteristic of natural stone. Granites are made up of several different minerals, each mineral having a different hardness. Granites contain quartz, feldspar, biotite, amphibole, ferrous titanium oxides, and other mineral combinations. The pits and fissures do not make the granite less durable or otherwise inferior, and do not, in themselves, qualify the slab for replacement.
Pits are common in all granite and should be expected when dealing with a natural polished stone.
Chips on counter top:
Chipping will occur, particularly in the igneous stone varieties, as a result of sawing operations. The exiting portion of the diamond blade used to cut granite may create some small chips. The larger of these chips may be repaired with epoxy or polyester resin if the completed repair is consistent in color and texture with other general areas of the slab All seams are machined in our shop, and when assembled in the field, any visible chips are filled with polyester resin.
Note: Granite or Marble, which is crystalline in structure, always has small pits - spaces between the various mineral crystals. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure that formed the granite eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material. A product of nature cannot be expected to look manmade. However, some manmade stones might have chips on surface as well, caused by crystalline structure. Granite grades and prices are set by manufacturers to reflect the supply and demand of colors and cuts of slabs, not the quality and strength of the stone.
Most of the chips, fissures and pits are fixable and are not a reason for counter top replacement. Extra fees will be applied if Renaissance Granite must return to your jobsite. Fees will be based on amount as well as difficulty of work.