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Boderick Perkins on Granite Counter-tops Not Being Deadly


I was completely fascinated with the title and just had to share this with you. I happen to love granite counter-tops and after Elizabeth's 15 day remodel series on her blog, I have to say that quartz counter-tops has found a new fan. 

Did you know that "passengers get 3 millirem of cosmic radiation" on a flight from New York to Los Angeles?

I actually learned something new today and believe you will learn a lot more too. Make sure you also check out the links embedded in Boderick's article, for Mr. Perkins writes a wonderful piece regarding some misconceptions people have about the levels of uranium in natural stone (emphasis on granite) and the amount of radon it may produce in a home. To quote one excellent point, "The EPA calls radon "The Health Hazard with a Simple Solution" and suggests anyone with concerns take the sensible approach and contact their nearest state or regional Indoor air-quality agency for help with radon testing and remediation."

My favorite quote: "A rebuttal from the Marble Institute of America says the story "follows the playbook used by two of the largest synthetic stone manufacturers who seek to increase their own sales by raising fears about natural stone." "

Please select the above link so you can enjoy reading the entire presentation for yourself. I found it to be an excellent and interesting read.

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Comment balloon 23 commentsC Tann-Starr • August 23 2008 08:35AM


I read about this before.  And thought it was very interesting. 

Posted by Carol Swain, Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa (Keller Williams Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Carol, I am glad you found this to be interesting as well. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago


Very interesting...I'm with you...I'm sticking with quartz!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 12 years ago

I love the quatrz stuff too (always have).  I actually miss my Zodiaq counter top, my new house has granite instead.  I don't know what to make of the granite info.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, to worry about millirems of radiation from granite countertops I think means we are looking for just another thing to worry about in our life. People should REALLY worry about all the fat and sugar they ingest every day as far as something that will give them health problems and not the countertop they place their jumbo 64 oz. Coke on.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago

Morning C,

Disheartening isn't it when the money one spends on an upgrade becomes a liability.

We have granite, counters and full back splash. and will continue to enjoy them regardless of the latest research. After all all things come full circle in time. I just read that eggs are now good for you.

Have a great weekend.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Hal, I don't think it's a liability, I think that granite is great and the other article he was rebutting didn't tell the entire story, which is why I found it interesting. Broderick is trying to balance both side of the picture while bring it to our attention that things are not always what they seem when dealing with real estate issues. Perfect example: notice the quote the inspector was alleged to have made about the cereal... (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Gary, it may be a small thing to most, but it may be a big deal to others. I'm not worried about it but enough people actually are, to the point where it triggered numerous studies on the issue and millions of dollars are being spent to weight in with an opinion. Most new construction boast granite counter-tops. If someone brings it up because they are being influenced by a brochure for synthetic stone, at least new Realtors like me can point them in this direction for a balanced view and possible have a buyer slow their roll and not rip out quality construction work for nothing.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Stacey-Ann, Elizabeth introduce me to quartz with her remodel because before then I had never considered it. I've been looking on-line and find it to be truly lovely material. Granite is very fine, but if my builder gives me the option, I'm going with the quartz for the personal eye candy. If not, believe you me, the granite will be just as lovely!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Fran, we are following Stacey-Ann and Elizabeth's good taste on this one. (BTW, I am NOT knocking granite, so don't start with me people - LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Girl, it's truly amazing we aren't dead already! If I can't dream about installing granite countertops what can I dream about that might be healthy except water. Whoops! That may not be healthy either.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 12 years ago


I plan on sticking with Quartz counter tops (someday). It is a stone that has a lot of good energy to it. 

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thanks for sharing the rebuttal, it is good to know the other side and you published it. Gee, I had heard this too !

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 12 years ago

C - good article, I have referenced several other studies that provide the same information. Good to have this one tough.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 12 years ago

Oh, man, everything is unhealthy to some extent. Drinking too much water can kill you. But that doesn't mean we should ban water. :)

elizabeth weintraub land park real estate agent in sacramento

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) about 12 years ago

Lizette, I like granite as well, and it really isn't dangerous. Natural stone is beautiful and I would want as much of it around me as possible in my new home. (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Valerie, I think the quartz is really beautiful and hope I can use it in the future, but will be happy with granite if that is what's available. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Missy, you are very welcome. I'm glad Mr. Perkins took the time to provide a well written rebuttal. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Mike, I am glad you enjoyed it and were already aware of the other references. This was my first look at the issue. I'm still researching it. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Elizabeth, I am with you on this one. Everything in moderation! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Erica, life is certainly getting interesting for Realtors... ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, C, the voice of reason.  I knew that the idea of granite as an everyday cause of radon was idiotic, and just not true.  (I have large amounts of granite in my own home and low radon.)  It drives me crazy that some realtors were picking up this myth and spreading it.

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) about 12 years ago

Margaret, it is amazing how fast "bad" news can travel, but when you try and bring up the facts of a talking point people sometimes appear to be more adamant about sticking with the urban legend. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

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