In fact, According to Radon, all natural products, especially stone, minerals, and sand, contain trace amounts of naturally occurring radioactive minerals that can produce measurable amounts of radiation and sometimes radon gas. The site goes on to say that this includes all concrete products, clay bricks, most non-plastic plates and dishes, coal and the fly ash produced in coal-fired power plants, natural gas (contains radon), phosphate fertilizers used in your garden. By nature, granite has some inherent level of radon, and the question is how high that level might be. Because high levels of radon in the home can truly be a hazard to health, we quote directly: After having performed tens of thousands of samples and never finding a granite counter top that produces hazardous amounts of radon gas, Air Chek, Inc has decided that it is a disservice to our customers to offer this product. We instead encourage you to look for a much more likely problem; radon in your home. After much research and testing, it has been determined that granite building materials have a minimal and acceptable amount of radon.
Then there's also the budget concern. Open kitchen shelving is cheaper than cabinetry and the installation cost is also reduced in this case. Of course, you don`t have to give up other types of storage in favor of open shelves. Cabinets have their own advantages such as the fact that they‘re roomy and that they hide the things you don`t want to look at every day, keeping them safe and concealed. If you find both types practical, then choose a mixed design.
Installation is tricky with no room for error. Granite slabs can be easily damaged during installation and cannot be repaired. A damaged slab must be replaced without costs. Also, the base cabinets must be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the granite slab, which is something to seriously consider if you are remodeling. According to Rempros, granite countertops, in particular, require professional installation. Cutting the slab, making the sink cutouts, polishing edges and seaming is challenging. The Family Handyman says that it‘s not worth it for a do it your selfer to invest the time and dollars required for something they will likely do only once Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when radium decays into radon, and it is naturally found in granite.
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