WHAT IS GRANITE AND WHAT IS IT USUALLY USED FOR?
The term “granite” is used to cover a group of related stones, all of which have their origin deep in the earth′s molten mantle. As this extremely hot liquid material rises and cools, it forms a crystalline, granular structure, hence the term granite. Granite and other granite-like stones are formed of very hard minerals such as quarts, feldspar and mica, which are fused together into a very hard stone ideal for kitchen countertops because its polish is resistant to acids such as citrus and vinegar and is hard for resisting scratching from knives, pots and pans.
Granite is commonly used for countertops as well as for floor tiles, wall tiles, other surfaces such as fireplaces, columns, balustrades, water tables, steps, thresholds & windowsills. It′s much harder then marble and can be used practicly for anything in your home or business.
Today′s designers choose granite as the ultimate custom countertop material. Every home magazine features natural stone over other plastic or artificial products. And thanks to our improved fabrication processes, natural stone is also priced competitively with other solid surface alternatives. Contact us to find out how granite countertops and natural stones in general can enhance your home! Or click the “Request a free estimate” link from the top navigation bar to receive a free estimate from us!
WHY IS IT A GOOD CHOICE TO HAVE A GRANITE COUNTERTOP FOR THE KITCHEN?
Because granite is a very hard stone that′s formed at very high temperatures deep in the earth, its polish is not subject to etching by household acids, or scratching by knives, pots and pans. It′s unaffected by typical kitchen heat, such as hot pans, or spilled liquid.
CAN GRANITE COUNTERTOPS BE DAMAGED?
Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite countertops. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. Unsealed, granite countertops can absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect granite countertops under normal circumstances.