Granite is a natural stone, quarried from large igneous stone deposits found around the world. It begins as molten magma that flows into other rock structures and cools slowly. The stone is naturally quite rough and textured, but when it is ground and polished during the countertop manufacturing process, it takes on a smooth surface with a rich luster.
Granite is comprised of a many different minerals that give each slab a unique and attractive appearance. For example, granite high in feldspar will have rich red or pink highlights. Mica produces brown or black veining while quartz gives pink, white or black hues to the stone.
Because of its durability, it’s great for heavily used areas in the home, such as kitchen countertops. Granite is resistant to scratches and damage from heat such as pans or hot hair tools. It is also stain resistant and easy to clean when sealed correctly.
Granite Countertop Advantages:
Scratch Resistance: Granite scores a seven on Moh’s scale of hardness. This means that very few minerals are able to scratch it. You can cut on it, but it isn’t recommended since this will dull your knives and possibly leave a metal residue behind that can be difficult to remove.
Maintenance: Granite countertops are considered to be a low maintenance countertop surface. The likelihood of damaging a granite countertop is low. However, if damage does occur it can usually be easily repaired. All natural stone must be sealed, technology for sealers have come a long way over the years, and many will last more than 10 years before needing to be reapplied. It is something that most homeowners can do on their own as the process is similar to cleaning. Simply apply the product and wipe off the excess.
Seams: In a typical kitchen granite countertops will need to have 2-3 seams. Depending on the color of granite you choose, average slab size will vary. A typical expectation can be set at 9 feet by 5 feet. Large islands can typically be done without seams. If you have a L or U shaped layout, expect seams where the countertops angle in a different direction. The good news is that many fabricators will mix custom color epoxy to adhere the seams together which does a great job at disguising them.
We offer an amazing variety of colors and different finishes of granite. You will find the most exotic and rare stones from all around the world.If you like the idea of granite, but feel that a polished finish is too glossy for your taste, your alternatives are usually a honed finish or a leather finish.
The leather finish provides a subtle texture that amplifies the characteristics of the granite and offers a beautiful and interesting texture. The rustic look, makes it a perfect choice for outdoor kitchens or fireplaces.