A fissure is an elongated opening that is a natural geological formation or mineralogical crystallization. The tricky part is that sometimes a fissure develops into a crack given that the fissure in itself is a weak area of the stone. A fissure is natural while a crack occurrs from an outside force, such as fabrication, transpiration, or installation.

This knowledge can save yourself from agonizing about whether your counter has a natural or unnatural opening if the situation arises. A crack on the other hand, is a broken piece of stone that is typically uneven, chipped, or widely separated.

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The biggest difference is in how the fissure or crack occurred. A helpful test to determine the difference is to look at the crack or fissure from a low angle. We can handle any of your installation or remodeling needs – we have access to the best products on the market, so call us today!

Fissures Vs. Cracks by stoneworksgranite.ca

Some of you out there may not know what a fissure is, so let’s start by defining it. Depending on the lighting in your home, some fissures may stand out more than others, or look more pronounced. A crack could be caused in a sink area during transportation, or from in-proper handling of the stone.

If a level was placed across the questionable area, you shouldn’t be able to slide a business card underneath it.

Even though we try to educate our customers up front, we still get asked many questions in regards to material, including questions about fissures in the stone. This separation may start and stop within the field of the stone, or extend through and edge. If you notice a fissure in a certain area, more than likely there will be other areas that contain fissures as well. Fissures will show up in more than one area of the stone, not just in 1 place.

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Marble is generally a calicoes stone, formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite qualifies as impervious to water and is actually less absorbent than some solid surface (plastic) products. Even oil stains can usually be removed using a poultice or paste that will draw out the oil from the stone. Routine cleaning of your countertops with mild soap and water is all that is generally required. Granite counters are highly scratch resistant and will not show wear from daily use. Granite counters are heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans without damage.

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Dark colored granite countertops are harder than light-colored granites.

We have complied some of the most common questions we get asked about granite. Besides the fact that they are both natural stones and can be polished, they are otherwise very different. The potential for stain is why we recommend the lifetime guarantee sealant on the granite.

While this may be true of marble, granite will shine years from now just as if it was brand new. Granites are composed of a variety of minerals, each of which has specific performance properties. Also, the sealant coating your countertop, will prevent bacteria to grow in pores and fissures as pores and fissures are protected by the sealant. Granite counters are usually competitively priced compared to other high-end surfacing materials.

New Kitchen Counter Isn’t Smooth After Install by countertopspecialty.com

The sample we picked was smooth as glass in the showroom (picture attached). I asked the installer about this, and first he told me that’s just how this particular granite is. It’s been 6 hours now, and the countertop surface feels kind of “plastic” when touching, but it’s still not smooth everywhere.

Most likely what occurred is that you picked out a color via the sample and then the installer purchased a cheap low-grade version of that granite variety. The long and short is that you should have got the exact slab you picked out at the warehouse. Nice installation however top is not smooth but pitted and the side(s) are smooth as silk.

So, the top surface has had a lot of time to develop some pits where the edges have not. Plus, it is a much larger area than the edges so the chance of getting a pit is greater. Within 13 days of installation, a fissure appeared across an entire slab (which was used on two sides of the kitchen). He’s using a bottle of glue, some acetone, and a quick dry for glue. We went to a local granite place and picked out our two slabs needed (snowfall if anyone wants to google it–it’s white with black/brown veins). There isn’t anything horrible in the countertop– again a few pits and rough veins (nothing that would cut anyone, snag a rag etc). And if not, are how the counters are now how they will stay or will the roughness just get worse over time?

The slab was polished on a big specialized machine so if it came out with rough areas and veins then it is likely a sub-par slab. It’s only if the fissure feels rough or there are many actual pits in the surface does that indicate a low-grade slab. My primary concern with the fissures/fractures was “reinforcing rod blow out”. We are at the tail end of a kitchen remodel that has dragged on for 5 months and has been a constant battle with multiple contractors for repairs and corrections to work that wasn’t done right the first time. The countertop looks good (except for the fractures) as long as you don’t scrutinize it for flaws and the flaws should not affect long-term durability to the best of my knowledge.

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They are only visible when looking with bright indirect light at about a 30 degree angle.

There are larger faults in most places where the metallic flakes are at the surface. The section of counter adjacent to the sink cut out has 4 or 5 squiggly lines that run 10 – 12 inches inward from outer edge. I can probably live with the pitting and maybe even accept filling in the divots with epoxy or some such. He probably tried to increase profit by buying a cheap blemished slab.

The minerals all reflect differently and this odd visual effect is normal for granite. Could be a crack here or there but you’ll see that more clearly looking down or from any angle really. The quartz frequently installed in rehab buildings is smooth and beautiful. You don’t see this looking straight down but at an angle or in certain light it is visible and normal. It may be that you have some evidence of poor polishing or a bad slab. It’s not at all uncommon for a particular granite color to have a relatively consistent pattern and color and then also have a patch or stripe of a different color not see anywhere else in the slab. The activator can react with some stones causing a greenish stain on the surface of the granite. Installation adhesive stains will sometimes go away on their own, but sometimes can be permanent. However, if you simply picked out the stone based on a sample in a showroom, then it is the installer that chose the slab and should definitely be held responsible. The last piece installed (from the second slab) is as smooth as glass.

Permanent topical coatings are not typically recommended since they can change the look and then you need to maintain the coating. Some granite countertop slabs can be polished to a higher shine than others and some stone just can’t be polished very well. So my husband called him again, he came out and said he didn’t know what the problem was and he would check with the company he purchased it from. The real risk is in removing it and potentially damaging adjacent slabs in the process. Others in the middle can be polished, but not well or with rough spots. If the huge specialized machines at the factory could not finish the surface smooth, then polishing by hand tools is unlikely to be successful.

I just had my house built and went with my son to pick out the granite for my entire house (kitchen, baths).

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Problem is that it depends on who is doing the grading and the criteria for each grade. Not based on quality, but only because it is more rare or carries a higher production cost.

Poor quality slabs are generally avoided when purchased at the quarry since no customer wants a poorly polished, pocked or heavily fissured countertop.

If it could be finished to a uniform, smooth gloss, then it already would be. The owner of the company came out to inspect it and he said that was the nature of the stone. The granite countertop does not have a consistent shine like the ones you see in the store displays. I don’t know how long it takes to cut, finish and polish a stone but this company did it all in one day. And sometimes a stone will have an uneven shine (but these should not be sold or installed). The possibility that the surface was damaged in this way during fabrication and installation is near zero. No stone warehouse wants bad slabs and shady dealers will pawn them off if they can. The countertop surface was polished on a industrial machine at the “factory”. In some cases it is possible that a fissure in a granite countertop could be felt as a slight ruffle in the surface. The stone was originally finished on a huge specialized machine, so not likely to improve it.

I tried polishing it off with steel wool in one spot, and that helps, but its way too much work to do myself.

I can feel the transitions from the main material to some of the veins with my fingernails. The “polish” comes from intense friction and abrasion on big machines at the factory. For some reason many stone salespeople and installers are misinformed and think applying a granite sealer solves nearly any problem you may encounter. What’s worse is that he doesn’t seem to know how to properly apply a sealer.

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Picking out the exact granite slab that you wan to install is the only acceptable way to purchase granite or any stone. However, the slab itself was cut a long time ago along the plane that is the top surface. Then the slab was transported from overseas, moved around a warehouse, and finally cut to your countertop dimensions. Also, the top will naturally get more pits as it receives more use and impacts, etc. I don’t have any issues with that, it’s the transient nature of the repair. But again, chips can be repaired with epoxy and pits filled with epoxy or acrylic, etc.

It won’t spread it that is what you are worried about but the rough areas may not hold up as well with use and you could see some more deterioration over time. Did the installer/fabricator save money on the grade of polish or are these “pits” normal?

However, fissures and veins are normal and often you can feel a slight depression along the course of the fissure. The squiggly lines could be veins which are weaker spots but may not cause a problem. One fracture that doesn’t have a lip usually is not a problem, but having several particularly around the sink cutout (weakest area and with heaviest use) is not good. Look from the side and suddenly a bunch of seemingly dulls spots, lines, veins appear. It’s unlikely that there are cracks all over or scratches all over. I think it’s rust and we are going to try and lift it out with a granite stain remover. This can occur when an activator or accelerant is added to the adhesive used to secure the granite to the cabinets during installation.

In other words, the fabricator / installer should have recognized that this slab was not of adequate quality and alerted you to choose different slabs.

Sometimes homeowners are not savvy enough to see or recognize possible defects. You were expecting a smooth slab with a quality polish and that is what you should get. It seems to me that they simply didn’t buff/polish/whatever they do to the slab enough on the first slab. But if you can find someone to apply a resin like done at the factory, then you may have a solution (although it may change the color slightly).

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Re-polishing at this point won’t likely do it better than was achieved by the big machines at the factory. Sounds like an inferior grade of granite that could not be polished smooth in this one area. Some granite will polish to a higher shine than others and some slabs are of such poor quality they can hardly be polished at all and are not suitable for kitchen countertops. This is normal in the sense that some granite slabs will be like this, but they should never be installed. It is supposed to be representative of the relative quality of the stone for ornamental purposes like countertops, monuments, etc. So, there really isn’t a universally accepted system, and most stone warehouses don’t bother with it.

Some varieties are more prone to poor quality slabs or a wider range of quality. It is very difficult and usually impossible to really improve the finish of a poor quality slab. Both of them told me this was a great stone and would shine up really nice. I will say the fabricator did come back and pick up the granite countertop and try to buff it out, which helped a little, but not much. He attempted to clean it with some type of granite cleaner but it did not help.

It’s a popular stone, however, with a wide range in color and quality. Also, some fabricators will quote a cheap price, but the only way to make money is to buy a super cheap slab, which often is very low quality and then make excuses.

How To Fix Uneven Epoxy Resin by epoxycountertopdiy.com

This normally is an issue brought on by not mixing well or as instructed leading to improper catalyzation. Doing so after the first coat has cured will offer a better second finish. You will want to wait for a full 24 hours and check that it is dry and not tacky.

These should be applied fully at ⅛” until leveling goals have been reached making sure that your leveling coats are not too thin. Note however, when using copper, you will have to apply a non-water-based lacquer first. If a seal coat is not used, you will have an uneven and bubbly finish within the flood coat. You always need to make sure you are working in a well-ventilated area, paying attention to temperature and protect the areas around your work area.

One common issue is sticky or tacky resin , but others may include uneven finishes. Always be sure you are mixing as instructed and with fresh hardener and resin to avoid this issue. A good rule of thumb is always to mix a tad bit more than you think you are going to need, and always be generous when applying your resin. Over time you may find that your epoxy countertops will have to be repaired. Be sure to cover any surfaces that have been scratched with something specially made for surface abrasions. Now that you have used the abrasion treatment and sanded the scratches it is time to clean the countertop. You will want to do this using a 50/50 blend of water and commercial cleaner.

You may find that there are chips in the finish especially along the edges. You may also use an alternative option in the form of epoxy resin cement.

Avoid too much heat while removing the bubbles to avoid ripples. The seal coat will only need to be a small amount applied to prevent air bubbles and fill in any pores on the surface. Seal coats must be utilized with wood, cork, concrete, items with raised or embedded decor or tile. Also, even if you have used two or three coats of polyurethane, you will still need to apply the seal coat. It is a process but, in the end, you will have a beautiful result that adds beauty and value to your home.


A perennial issue in our industry is the potential gap between customer expectation of the appearance of their worktops, and the irregularities and surface textures that are intrinsic and normal characteristics of different natural stones.

Sometimes, due to the heating and cooling of the rock after its formation, these fissures are more obvious than others, but they are rarely completely absent. Occasionally whole crystals may break out of the surface during polishing, and various techniques are used to mimimise the frequency and effects of this.

Many granite worktop owners have their worktops for many years and never even notice these elements of the surface appearance. The two highly magnified examples shown here are both taken at very shallow angles, with the light of a bright, cloudy sky as a background. We are happy to discuss the surface characteristics of any stone that interests you. The darker stripe is the reflection of our office door post, which helps to highlight the fissuring as it picks up the light from either side.

Sometimes customers expect a polish which is glassy smooth, like a mirror, with no evidence of cracks or indentations at all, and this is simply not realistic. The pits are in effect tiny spaces between the various mineral crystals; they do not represent structural defects in the stone. Pits and fissures form part of the unique characteristics of each natural stone, and do not impair the durability or beauty of the product. With both pitting and fissuring, visibility of the features depends very much on angle of view and of the incident lighting. In fact, it tends to be only in windowsills, which may well be viewed at a very low angle and with strong backlight, that they are visible at all. Just occasionally a customer chooses their stone precisely to minimise fissuring or pitting. But they had a massive windowsill, set at a relatively high level, and catching the afternoon sun; for them, glassiness was a critical issue.

How To Repair Cracks Fissures Scratches In Natural Stone by ariastonegallery.com

Small cracks and fissures occur naturally in stone during mother nature’s process of creating and cooling within the earth. Whatever the case may be, we can assure you we’ve seen it all before. Cracks and fissures are very repairable using a special epoxy that is meant specifically for fixing natural imperfections in stone, large or small! The next day, the fabricator will go in and either scrape off the residue with a razor blade or resurface the area completely, depending on the stone type and surface finish. On softer materials, such as marble, onyx and calcite, even the best sealers are not stain and scratch proof. With resurfacing being the more costly of the two ways to repair scratches in your natural stone, it may be a good idea to try to use the stone color enhancer and sealer first. Soapstone is the only exception to the scratching and sealing rule. It is composed mostly of the mineral “talc”, which is the softest mineral in the world. Mineral oil  is what you should use instead of a typical “sealer” to keep your soapstone looking vibrant and clean. Once you apply a color enhancing sealer to a dry rag and wipe in on top of a scratch, you will almost immediately begin to see the scratch disappear.

Also, as when introducing any new chemical or cleaning agent to your natural stone, it a good idea to test the how the stone will react to the chemical in a small, discreet place on your stone.

However, it is important to understand the process of filling in cracks and fissures so you can spot them yourself!

During this time, the epoxy will go deep down into the cracks and solidify. Before you call your fabricator, know that you have two main options: resurfacing the stone or using a stone color enhancer and sealer. You can always ask your fabricator which color enhancer and sealer brand they recommend for your natural stone. However, although talc is soft, it is also super dense, which actually makes soapstone very durable!

Deep scratches can be smoothed down with 120-grit sandpaper, then finished by apply a coating of mineral oil to clean it up. The color enhancing sealer fills in and camouflages the scratch to make it much less noticeable. Many color enhancing chemicals are quick to apply, and can be applied easily at home. After the color enhancing sealer has set for about 5 minutes, wipe the stone with a clean paper towel until all of the excess product is gone. Luckily, there is no limit to the amount of times you can restore natural stone!

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Before 1995 there were very few quality penetrating sealers on the market and there were very few cases of staining. If a homeowner cleans their countertops after each meal, they will rarely, if ever, have staining or cleanability issues with granite. That benefit is the further reduction of moisture migration into an already moisture resistant surface. The product should have a life expectancy of ten to fifteen years and be of an oliophobic (resistant to water and oil based stains) nature. In today’s natural stone industry, many species of granite receive a resin treatment at the factory where the blocks of granite are cut into slabs and then polished. The reason for the resin treatment is to address what most consumers consider as imperfections, but in reality are “birth marks”. Granite should, and in most cases will, be the last countertop surface a person will buy, providing a strong return on investment.

Both prior to and after the availability of penetrating sealers, no cases of food poisoning, radon, or food preparation issues associated with treated or untreated granites have been reported. This being said, many granite countertops receive additional benefit from being sealed. Once properly sealed, the stone will be more resistant against everyday dirt and spills. Both resined as well as unresined slabs will outlast most of our lifetimes.

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It’s a very smart move because it not only raises the sell value of your house, just in case you would sell it in the future, but it also makes it more habitable and more pleasing to look at. Making it pleasing and appealing can be done by simply renovating or remodeling the whole room or by simply cleaning and maintaining it at regular intervals or periodically. However, no matter how hard you try to maintain and clean it, you can’t stop it from deteriorating over time especially granite. Granite is a natural stone and that alone makes it vulnerable to damages that are naturally accumulated over time.

But you should also consider that it is not a defect or something, it’s a natural process. If this happens, you are going to need a granite repair kit or a sealant. They function differently from one another but are both useful in solving this type of problem. Sealants are not used to repair granite but it is useful in prolonging the lifespan and preventing fissures. It repairs it, fills the cracks and fissures with resin or stuff like that to make sure that it would no longer enlarge itself or to completely repair the “damage”. So the next time you encounter this types of problems, you now know what to do.

Beauty is appealing and pleasing and if your kitchen or your bathroom is a thing of beauty, well then, you know what it means.

This way you can maintain its glamour, its beauty and its original shine for a long time. Granite is the most wanted material for countertops, regardless of whether you are going to place it on the bathroom or the kitchen. So for those people who think that it is ugly, that’s not a problem. I think that is even enhances that natural looks of the material because of these markings on the surface. If this happens, it would then be a trap for dirt, and other undesirable stuff on the kitchen and the bathroom. If you decide to use a granite repair kit, it is like filling up holes. Sealants on the other hands provides extra special layer or coating that protects your granite from stains and dirt. When the tough gets rougher and sealing it doesn’t help, you go for the repair kit.

How To Polish A Granite Countertop by doityourself.com

With the aid of a few household tools and some time, you can polish your countertop to be smooth again in no time. Spray the surface with a granite cleaner and wipe down the countertop with a soft sponge or non-abrasive washcloth.

Make sure that your product is granite-safe, as some stone polishes are too acidic or abrasive for granite. Use a clean cloth to buff the surface, and then rinse off any remaining traces of polish with a clean, damp cloth and warm water. For instance, always using cutting boards, coasters, and hot pads on your countertop.

Put a few squirts of soap in an empty spray bottle, and fill the rest with water. Apply the polish to your countertop by using the directions provided on the packaging. In a small bowl, combine 3 cups of warm water with 1/4 cup baking soda. Then, use a paper towel or cloth to spread the polish across the countertop. In addition to polishing your countertop, ensure you granite stays looking new by taking good care of it.

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On closer inspection however, many granites have certain natural characteristics such as “pitting”, “fissures” or “dull spots” that may at first cause some concern. In some cases, certain tiny crystals may also be removed during the polishing process, causing the pits to become more visible. Fissures are a natural result of the heating and cooling of the stone during its formation millions of years ago.

Granite will not chip under normal use, although a heavy object hitting a square countertop edge could chip out a small piece. Do not stand on or next to the sink, cooktop cutouts, or unsupported overhangs – too much stress or weight may cause the stone to crack. A few colors may absorb more moisture with prolonged contact, which may cause stone to appear darker. The granite is sealed prior to or during installation to help prevent staining. It should be noted that portions of the slab may vary in color and texture, this is part of the stone’s inherent beauty. Granite with sweeping color movements will have more visible seams. In addition stone thickness may vary, which can result in a seam that is not perfectly flat. Epoxy will holds up extremely well and is colored by our craftsmen to provide the best possible match. When new homes settle, their is a slight possibility that the epoxy may crack. Avoid acidic, harsh antibacterial detergents, citrus cleaners and bleach on your granite.

The color of igneous rock depends mainly on the color of the prevailing feldspars.

Various steps are taken during the finishing process to reduce the visibility of these pits, but they cannot be totally avoided in all granite types. These surface fissures should not be confused with structural cracks that permeate the entire slab. They are an expression of nature and add to the allure of the stone, which sets it apart from man-made surfaces. All stone is porous to some extent, but granite has very little porosity. Usually, no evidence remains when the liquid is removed and the stone dries. The sealing process does not make the stone impervious to liquid. Our goal is to match the seams and layout to provide the best possible finished product. A mild neutral detergent like dish soap is fine for cleaning granite. Sealing every 6 months and periodically using a good commercial cleaner / polish made specifically for granite is a good practice.

Quartz Seam Polish by thefabricatornetwork.com

This concept could actually be applied to seams in the shop before a customer even sees it.

That would present a huge problem if you could not match the surrounding finish.

The difference between mine and the factory finish are nearly imperceptible; it would never show up in a picture. Or, do you have to actually start sanding on the entire seam with stone polishing pads? What we have done has been around removing scratches, dull spots or damage in some manner to the surface. The hard part is matching the factory finish, like refinishing just 2 sqft in the center of a large island top and matching it to the rest of the tops finish finish. Its not hard to make the surface look good again, we have refinished island tops and such. It will blend the worked area to the factory finish in just a few minutes. My understanding is that it voids the warranty if you top polish quartz. We have gotten “good” results, but have never been able to match it where there is direct sunlight, so we opt not to push our luck. Because the rules change at our discretion, post at your own discretion.

I would suspect that seams not exposed to cross light would look excellent.

Could you then just scrap the adhesive down and polish the adhesive to achieve the same look? The difference between mine and the factory finish are nearly imperceptible; it would never show up in a picture. Its not hard to make the surface look good again, we have refinished island tops and such. Could you then just scrap the adhesive down and polish the adhesive to achieve the same look? The hard part is matching the factory finish, like refinishing just 2 sqft in the center of a large island top and matching it to the rest of the tops finish finish. Negative comments toward other vendors or manufacturers will be grounds for an immediate ban from the forum. Pricing, percentages and profit margins are prohibited and will be edited.

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There is a reason natural stone is overwhelmingly popular as a countertop surface: its beauty simply cannot be replicated. Granite can withstand extremely high temperatures, so it is ideal for use beside your stovetop as well. You can cut fruit and vegetables on a granite countertop without marking the surface; the only damage likely to occur is the dulling of your knife’s blade.

They are also quite costly, though the price varies based on where the granite is mined.

However, the natural elements also create unique characteristics that are sometimes difficult to predict. In the natural granite fabrication process, an epoxy resin is applied to the surface, filling the small imperfections and creating a smooth, even surface. They typically appear as a light line across the surface of your countertop.

While the epoxy resin will cover a majority of them, some tiny pits and fissures may still be visible in your finished countertops. After we receive the exact measurements of your space, our experts will determine the best place for your seams. As a result, you can place hot pots and pans directly on the surface without worrying about it being burned or scorched. However, while it may be an expensive initial investment, granite countertops last for years and add to your home’s resale value, so you may decide that they are worth the cost.

How To Fill A Gap In A Laminate Countertop by homeguides.sfgate.com

The cleaner the installation, the smaller the seams — but even the narrowest gaps are still visible. The precise instructions for the seam fillers vary from product to product, but the basic application method is the same. Clean the gap in the laminate countertop and the surrounding surface with the solvent.

Dry the surface with a rag and use clean cotton swabs to dry inside the gap. Squeeze some seam filler onto a paper plate or a spare piece of laminate. Exposure to the air causes seam fillers to harden, so stop mixing it before it becomes too stiff to use. Apply it to the gap in the countertop with the knife, and then scrape the knife perpendicularly across the seam to force the excess filler into the gap.

Run the cloth perpendicularly across the gap to remove any remaining excess filler. Run the cloth with the solvent over the gap if the filler has bumps and ridges.

Seam fillers are suitable for repairing deep scratches, wide nicks and gouges as well as simply filling gaps. If the manufacturer of the seam filler specifies a different solvent, use that solvent instead. If the manufacturer advises it, mix the product with a putty knife until it becomes less liquid. Apply additional filler if the first application wasn’t enough to fill the gap. Wait 15 minutes, or the length of time specified by the manufacturer, for the filler to dry.

If the filler shrinks and no longer fills the gap properly, apply more. The solvent smooths the filler so it’s flush with the surface and as invisible as possible.


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