When it comes to your kitchen or bathroom stone countertops the last thing you want to discover is a crack. Cracks can be short, long, surface level or can even crack the full thickness of your stone. Depending on the severity of the crack is how you will want to assess the next steps you will need to take in repairing your granite, marble or quartz countertops.
The most common type of crack is a hairline crack. This can be fixed simply by filling with acrylic or using an epoxy that blends in with your stone. Cracks should not be a common occurrence in your stone countertops but you should keep an eye out for such issues. These cracks can be a rough edge you can feel or a spot you may catch items on when you walk by (your shirt or pants). There are areas of your kitchen that are more susceptible to cracks like where your stone meets the sink, stone cut-outs, corners, and edges.
Even if you only have a hairline crack, it is still better to call a professional to repair the damage. A hairline crack can be a warning sign for a much larger problem. This issue could be tied to the support of your countertops. These simple hairline cracks can develop into larger cracks and can turn into full-on breaks. A professional can assess the damage, make sure there is no further attention needed, and repair the crack. Then a refinishing product can be put on the stone to prevent further damage.
A fissure is a naturally occurring event in stone that can be compared to veins within the stone. The main difference between these two is that there is no separation when a fissure occurs. The stones structure is also maintained. Even though the stone does not break you should still keep an eye on fissures because they are weak points in the stone that can potentially become cracks under stress or impact to stone.