Is Granite Bad For Your Health??
There's been a rumour floating around that granite countertops emit a "cancerous gas" called radon. There have been stories coming out of the woodworks about this "issue" which has been some serious cause of concern for homeowners. Whether you own granite countertops or are looking to renovate your kitchen with them, I'm sure a claim like this can lead you to second guess your decision. So, is it true? Is it really dangerous to be installing granite countertops in your family's home?
Let's get to the facts...
Radioactivity isn’t always as scary as it sounds. Technically everything is radioactive, meaning energy is passed through waves. Natural radioactivity comes from elements found in the earth, meaning all rocks will have some level of it. Because granite stone generally has more of these natural rudiments than other rocks, it will seem to be more radioactive. Yes, it’s true that this high amount of natural material causes a “radioactive gas” to be emitted through its surface, this doesn’t mean that it is more dangerous than any other object in your home. As all objects you own have a form of radioactivity.
Let’s get to the point. Is there any danger in touching granite countertops? The answer? NO. The fact is, that granite countertops barely emit a measurable fraction of radon gas compared to what’s in your home already. Marble Institute of America Technical Bulletin has measured that radon gas found from granite is actually 270 000 times less. Meaning you have no need to fear these majestic rocks. The risk of getting cancer from granite countertops is zilch.
It’s totally sensible to wonder about the benefits of having a beautiful granite countertop in your home. However, don’t let radon gas emissions be a deterrent from choosing a refined and resilient stone like granite.
For more information on how a granite countertop can truly benefit your home and family, call us today at (587) 800-7932.