QUESTIONWhy is it that my granite counter top feels rough? It was installed 5 months ago.
ANSWERANSWER - Granite countertops are normally fabricated to a high polished surface that makes it easier to maintain.
Lately, some quartzite and granite countertops are fabricated and installed with a leather finish. This is a slight textured finish that doesn't substantially cause more maintenance.
I'm assuming that either your granite counter top was smooth when it was installed and became textured or that it had areas of texture that you didn't notice until after it was installed.
Granite that is installed on concrete floors on ground and subjected to prolong moisture can spall, which is a form of the surface deteriorating and will give it a textured feel. This normally does not happen to stone on countertops because there can't be any underlying source of moisture.
I have seen on granite countertops that were recently installed that the installers were a little sloppy with their clear epoxy as they glue various pieces together, and it leaves a textured surface in those spots. I'm guessing that is more likely your situation.
Although, if your stone countertop was not a true granite and it was acid sensitive, it is possible that the surface can become etched from being subjected to acidic substances such as citrus products. The stone surface can be re-polished to remove the etched stains. Sealing the granite with a penetrating stone sealer can help make the stone more resistant to chemical if the chemicals are cleaned up promptly and with the appropriate cleaners.