Everything you need to know about Granite Countertops

Granite is by far the most luxurious material for kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

Granite is not just a beautiful stone, it is one of the strongest and most durable. This makes it the ideal material for building as it outlasts most other surfaces. Its stunning appearance and hair-raising aesthetic will make a statement in any home. There are many different ways you can incorporate granite in your home:

  • Kitchen sinks and islands
  • Bathroom sinks or basins
  • Bathroom vanity tops
  • Backsplashes
  • Tabletops or desktops
  • Fireplace mantles

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Choosing the right type of granite for your project.

Choosing the best stone for your project is a big deal! The right choice with elevate your home's style and improve the function of your kitchen or bathroom for years to come. Not to mention, it will add significant value to your home.

It can be a challenge to sort through all the confusing and conflicting information thats out there. There are many different myths and opinions about  the features, benefits, cleaning, and maintenance of granite. We aim to help you avoid the myths and misinformation by sharing the knowledge and unbiased information you'll need to make an informed decision about your granite project. See our ultimate granite buyer's guide for tips.

How to choose a countertop

Here's an awesome video from This Old House hilites what its like to choose a stone, get it sealed and fabricated, and finally installed in your home.

Granite countertops elevate your day-to-day.

Your home decor says a lot, and eventually becomes an extension of you. It's a statement about who you are, your personality, and your style. You most like already have a vision of what you want and what you learn here will help make it a reality.

Any stone you decide on must appeal to your style and work with your design theme, but it also suit your day-to-day. Where its installed, how its fabricated (cut and shaped), color and finishes all dictate how your family will use the piece. Materials, edge styles, and finishes all play a role on the aesthetic and functionality of the final product. You need to make an overall decision on what features really matter to you and what makes sense for your budget.

With that being said, most people making the decision to purchase granite surfaces focus a lot more on the quality of a counter, and worry less about the cost. This makes sense because your countertops will play a consistent role in your life for decades to come. Most homeowners choose invest in designs they know will give them happiness and satisfaction every day.

Granite Varies Dramatically

Key characteristics in marble, granite, and other stones vary dramatically, even those in the same "family". Stones that would be intuitively identical can have different stain-resistance, scratch-resistance, heat-resistance, color, texture, and pattern depending on the finish.

Its up to a stone professional to determine the overall durability of a slab. An experienced stone inspector can save you thousands of dollars by steering you away from low quality slabs.

How Its Made: Granite

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The novelty of granite

Granite is a natural mineral found in many regions around the world, mostly found deep in a mountains core or a "quarry". For centuries, granite has been used in some of the world's most famous buildings. When it's formatted and polished, granite is one of the nicest surfaces materials you can have in your home. Natural granite has become the number one choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops in American homes.

Because every slab of granite is formed by Nature, every characteristic from color, density, pattern, and vein structure is 100% unique. No two slabs are identical, making the aesthetic appeal of stone much more intimate.

Granite goes on a long journey before becoming a countertop. After being drilled or jet pierced out of a quarry, blocks of granite are then cut into slabs. These slabs are polished and put up for display. Once a slab is chosen, it is then cut or "templated" so that it will fit on top of a counter. The granite can even be cut into complex shapes, like the inside of a sink.

The two most common places in a home for granite are kitchen countertops and bathroom countertops.

 

Kitchen Countertops

There are many different places you can put a stone surface in you home, as listed earlier. Of course, the most common and obvious area is the kitchen. Stone is commonly used in kitchens for sinks, countertops, stove backsplashes, and islands.

When fabricating a slab that will be used in a kitchen, it is very important to make sure the stone is sealed as much as possible. Think about it, surfaces in a kitchen will receive more use than in any other room of your home. The constant exposure to a foods, drinks, knifes, and general "wear and tear" makes the type of stone you use an important decision.

Granite, quartz, an soapstone are the best options for kitchen surfaces whereas marble is not such a good option. Granite is a lot less susceptible to scratches and etching compared to a mineral like marble. However, taking the right precautions and performing regular maintenance can make marble a realistic choice for kitchen surfaces.

Bathroom Countertops

Bathrooms, on the other hand, vary widely on the use they endure. Many factors such as lifestyle, number of family members, number of bathrooms and types of affect how much wear-and-tear a bathroom will receive.

Because bathroom countertops receive a lower amount of use relative to countertops in a kitchen, more exotic stones, like marble, can be used. Marble countertops are a very elegant way to style a bathroom, and will receive a lot less damage compared to a kitchen.

If it's a kids bathroom, we would recommend using on of the more durable stones mentioned above.

How much do granite countertops cost?

There are tons and tons of factors that go into the cost of countertops. Two huge factors are the quality of the stone and the difficulty of the cut.

Here is a typical range of stone surface prices:

Granite Countertops price: $50-$200 sq/ft

Marble Countertops price: $50-$200 sq/ft

Quartz Countertops price: $40-$150 sq/ft

Soapstone Countertops price: $50-$100 sq/ft

Choosing the best countertop

As stated several times in this article, choosing the best countertop really depends on your lifestyle, budget, and style. As a recap, granite quartz and soapstone are going to be your best option when talking about the kitchen. For rooms with less use, like a bathroom, more sensitive stones like marble can be ideal.

Because choosing the right stone for your home can potentially be a lifelong decision, we recommend three things.

First off, relax! Take your time researching and make calm, thoughtful decisions.

Secondly, consult with a stone specialist. While you've most likely just started your research journey, there are people who spend a lifetime dealing specifically indoor stone surfaces. It is best to always with someone who can give you their expert advice on what your vision is.

The most trusted stone experts in Colorado.

Evergreen Marble and Granite has the most skilled team of marble fabricators in Denver, Evergreen, Colorado Springs and Aurora. We produce superb quality countertops for families at all incomes. Reach out to a specialist now to get customized pricing.

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How to choose a countertop

Here's an awesome video from This Old House hi-lites what its like to choose a stone, get it sealed and fabricated, and finally installed in your home.

How Its Made: Granite

Ever wonder how chunks of earth became beautiful countertops? This entertaining episode of "How Its Made" on the Discover Channel shows the process.