Yesterday I went to a granite and stone showroom here in Denver with a group of fellow stagers following a RESA meeting.
Touring the showroom and seeing the large slabs of granite up close was fun and informative. Did you know there was a pattern called Wasabi? Here it is.
Very dramatic and unusual for granite. Perfect for that statement island.
We all know granite is still the go to counter top finish in kitchens and bathrooms. It's hard to beat for price, durability and wow factor.
But one of the questions that came up was "Do our clients have to worry about radon emitting from their granite counter tops"?
Our guide at the showroom said granite doesn't emit enough radon to be a worry.
I thought I would do a little research and find out what I could.
According to radon.com, almost 70% of radon comes from the soil under our homes. Also radon is present, not just in granite, but in a multitude of other natural products such as stone, sand and glass.
According to this source, building materials only account for about 2.5% of radon emissions.
As radon is considered a cancer causing radioactive gas, it's not something to take lightly. Although I'm new to CO and the Denver area, I'm already aware that most homes here are tested for radon during the purchase process or have some form of radon reduction in place.
There's a lot more info on the EPA site about radon and consumer tips to manage it.
Do your clients in your area still prefer granite counters? Do you think they're a selling feature that out weighs even a slight risk of radon exposure? It seems to me it's a very low risk and not something to worry about but I'm interested to know what your thoughts are!