Tips & Advice
Types of granite
The most common form of granite for countertops is slab granite. Other types are modular granite (pre-cut) and tiled granite. As far as colors and veining combinations, there are thousands of types of granite, but they are divided into broad color categories, including white, black, pink, red, green and gold. Other specific compositions of granite are given names because they’re very common--for example, Baltic Brown, Venetian Gold and Uba Tuba (from Brazil).
Are granite countertops heat resistant?
Yes, granite countertops are generally very heat resistant, although the sealant top layer of the countertop may not be.
How long does it take to install granite countertops?
Although the physical work of installing granite countertops can be completed in 4-6 hours, the entire installation process, including choosing the stone, measuring the surface areas and fabrication, usually takes 8-10 days. If you are given a time of more than 4 weeks, it probably means that fabricator has a backlog of jobs.
How much do granite countertops cost?
The cost of granite countertops varies widely, with pricing variables including how thick the slab is, the color and pattern (veining) of granite and how rare it is, and the complexity of the installation. Per square foot, including installation, granite countertops can cost anywhere from $50-$200.
Are granite countertops safe?
There is no consensus as to whether granite countertops are entirely safe. Many scientists have found that certain types of countertop granite emit a small level of radon gas, which some people find a cause for alarm because radon in high levels causes cancer. However, many other natural materials, including soil, emit more radon than the types of granite typically used in homes. That said, a few types of granite have been found to emit unsafe amounts of radon, so if you’re concerned, it’s best to make sure the granite that may be in your home has been tested and shows no to low levels of radon.
What should pet owners bring to an emergency vet visit?
Bring medical records and medications that your pet is taking. Also, you should bring your ID and a form of payment.
Are there veterinary clinics that only deal with emergent cases?
Yes, there are veterinary clinics that only deal with emergency cases. They generally take walk-ins and referrals from family vets.
Do emergency vets treat dental emergencies for pets?
Yes, emergency vets treat dental emergencies and dental trauma. Freshly fractured teeth are the main category of dental injury that vets consider an emergency.
What can pet owners to do prevent health emergencies?
To prevent health emergencies, experts recommend supervising one’s pets, and trying to make sure they don’t get into emergency situations. A majority of emergency vet visits happen because animals were struck by cars, bit by other animals, or ingested toxins. Otherwise, the best way to prevent emergencies is by having a go-to vet you can call with any questions, and being vigilant about potential symptoms (i.e. runny stool, or trouble walking) as they appear but before they become extremely serious.
What conditions require emergency visit to a veterinarian?
Experts say that the conditions that necessitate an emergency veterinarian visit include collapse, seizures, inability to walk, partial paralysis, and any difficulty breathing (non-stop panting, constant coughing, hyperventilation, or elevated heart rate). Gum color is often an indicator that something is wrong--especially blue gums or very pale gums. Excessive vomiting or a distended abdomen should be considered an emergency situation. Signs of any trauma or excessive bleeding should send your pet straight to the vet. Lastly, for cat owners, urinary obstruction is fatal if not treated, and generally occurs in male cats.