That all depends on who you ask.
There has been some swirling controversy over the safety of granite countertops over the years regarding the amount of radon radiation they give off. There are a few studies out there that state that the granite used to make countertops in the United States are emitting some radon but not at levels that are dangerous enough to alarm the experts. Others disagree, and so the debate rages on.
Studies have been conducted but not enough evidence has been gathered to give an absolute definitive answer to this all-important question, not to mention that the granite supply used in the US isn’t always from the US and those coming in from other locations around the world aren’t tested even though there are fears that they may have other radiation issues, such as uranium from possible nearby uranium mines that have seeped into the granite.
A good article to read about this can be found at:
Most experts can agree on one thing: There simply has not been enough testing done to sound an alarm to prevent granite from being used as countertops and that not all samples of granite show radon emissions (which probably have to do with where the granite was mined from). In the end, the choice is yours as to whether you want this in your home or not.
I doubt this controversy and debate will go away, since it has made its rounds a few times over the years already. However, if you are concerned, we strongly encourage you to do more research, continue to look for new studies and even see about getting a radon test kit from your local hardware store to see if your home has any radon in it, including your granite surfaces.
An Alternative to Granite Countertops
We at AKL Resurfacing understand that you want your home to be beautiful, comfortable and safe. We offer an alternative to expensive and high maintenance granite countertops: Stone-Fleck resurfacing!
Having your current countertop resurfaced with one of our Stone-Fleck finishes gives you the feel of the granite without the cost or need for resealing like granite has to be done every so often. Below are some of our more popular samples:
Stone Fleck Color Chart
We do custom countertops, as well, that incorporate a mix of some of the samples you see above. We admit that the pictures above don’t do the colors justice, so, if you are interested in finding out more about this resurfacing option, contact us today to set up a time for one of our representatives to come to your home or business with our sample book of tiles. Estimates are free and we’ll be happy to discuss any project you are considering, since our finishes can go on multiple surfaces, including cabinets, countertops, ceramic tile and Formica.
Contact AKL Resurfacing at:
727-916-7895 or Support@AKL-Resurfacing.com