Granite countertops are made of a hard coarse-grained natural stone that is harder than marble. The stone consists of interlocking mineral crystals such as quartz and feldspar. During extraction, the granite rock is drilled and chiseled before it is blasted out of the quarry.
The granite countertops come in many colors depending on the level of concentration of various minerals within the stone. Some of the minerals present in granite and their resulting colors include:
- Quartz—it produces milky white granite countertops
- Feldspar—produces offish white shaded granite countertops
- Biotite—it produces dark brown granite countertops. In some cases, the countertops may appear black.
- Amphibole—produces dark green granite countertops.
- Muscovite—produces metallic gold or yellow granite countertops
- Potassium feldspar—produces granite countertops with unique pink shades
Granite countertops add an aesthetic appeal to bathrooms and kitchens. If you are planning to renovate or remodel your kitchen or bathroom, then we recommend you consider installing new granite countertops.
Granite countertops benefits
Resistance to chipping and scratching
As we mentioned earlier, granite is a hard natural rock. Therefore, it is really hard for the surfaces of granite countertops to scratch or chip easily. Unless you use powered steel-cutting lasers to break the surface, granite countertops will serve you for decades in your home without scratching.
Easy to clean
The best quality of any countertop is its ease of maintenance. Granite countertops have smooth surfaces that make them easy to clean. All you need is soap, a soft cloth, and some water to wipe the dirt out of your kitchen or bathroom countertop. Not only will cleaning a granite countertop leave the surface spotless and shiny, but it will also take you very little energy to do so.
Granite countertops are perfect for bathroom and kitchen surfaces because of their ability to resist bacteria. During its creation, a granite countertop is coated with a sealant that prevents dirt and bacteria from penetrating beneath the surface of the countertop. This means that when you wipe the surface of the countertop with a clean cloth, you do not have to worry about any residual germs.
As mentioned before, granite countertops are coated with a sealant that prevents substances from penetrating beneath the countertop’s surface. The water-resistant nature of granite countertops makes them great for use in areas with surfaces that come into contact with water regularly, such as the kitchen or the bathroom.
Once you install granite countertops into your home, you do not need to worry about keeping the surfaces dry at all times. Also, with granite countertops, mold and mildew will have a difficult time surviving in your household. The moisture will not penetrate the surface and create a fertile breeding ground for mold.
If you need a durable surface in your kitchen that will not warp anytime you place a hot pan on it, then you need to install granite countertops. The granite countertops can withstand a lot of heat because the surface will not be damaged if you place a pan directly from the cooker or oven on it.
Would you like to have granite countertops installed in your home? If you have more questions or are interested in a granite countertop, please call us.