Granite countertops are one of the most popular and durable choices for homeowners. They have a natural beauty with their naturally occurring swirls of color, which can be made more dramatic or subdued depending on the style you choose. The durability is another feature that makes granite an attractive option as it will not scratch like other materials such as quartz. There are many different styles and shapes available, so there is something perfect for everyone's taste! This article will give you an introduction to this beautiful material and how it might fit your home.
Granite is formed from magma, lava, and other sediments that crystallize into rock. This takes millions of years to complete. It starts as a fluid, and then it slowly cools down over time. As this happens, small crystals will start to develop, which grow and create larger crystals. The granite may also contain mica or quartz in its makeup, creating an interesting display when viewed up close. Its large crystals make the material very hard, which adds to the durability of the countertop.
Granite is also a good insulator and lasts for decades without requiring any maintenance. In addition to its durability, granite swells very little and has a low water absorption rate, therefore, it does not get damaged when wet or with moisture changes. This makes it a great option for bathrooms, kitchens, and other home areas that may get wet.
With so many properties that make granite countertops desirable for any home, they are also attractive to a business building. Granite is naturally antibacterial, which is perfect for kitchen prep or bathroom counters where germs build up easily. It can withstand all sorts of chemicals and harsh cleaners without damaging the material itself. This can save money over time. A beautiful aged patina will develop over years of use, adding character to your kitchen or restaurant countertops.
There are a few simple steps you can take to ensure your granite countertops retain their natural beauty and avoid any damage. The first step is to stay on top of spills immediately because if water sits too long, it may leave permanent stains. Scratches happen over time, but this process can be slowed down with careful handling.
While daily items such as sponges and knives won't hurt the surface, avoid using things like steel wool or anything abrasive on the stone. This can cause scratches; however, dulling your knives before use will prevent this issue from arising in the first place. Always clean up broken objects right away, so they do not scratch or chip your beautiful countertop surfaces.
Many other items can be complements to your granite countertops. You may want to take a look at the large selection of sinks, lighting, and faucets available for any bathroom or kitchen remodel project.
If your Granite Countertop has broken or cracked, there are several choices you can make. If the crack is not very large and in an area that does not get much use, you may be able to save the countertop by filling the crack with a grout material of similar color. However, if the crack is located in an area that will be exposed or used often, you will need to replace the entire countertop.
Granite is available in a number of different styles, colors, and types. You can choose from honed, tumbled, polished, or brushed (a light sanding). Each of these has a different look and texture but comes in the same color varieties. The natural marble layers are also cut slabs that allow you to create unique patterns such as herringbone for your countertop installation.
An expert installer will also know how to prepare your surface so that the new countertops fit seamlessly into the rest of your kitchen design and color scheme. It is best to contact a professional granite fabricator for any questions on granite countertop care, installation, or design ideas.