Granite is a sedimentary stone, which means it’s grainy. Ever notice the little dots of varying color within the stone? The Latin word for granite, granum, means “a grain,” referring to the nature of the stones appearance. The stone is formed after sedimentation hardens, and the composition being so high in quartz makes it an extremely strong material.
It is for it’s density and hardness that granite is a top choice for surfaces that see intense or extreme traffic and wear. Lobby floors in commercial buildings, kitchen countertops, and bathroom vanity tops are common uses.
The stone is natural, so it is not indestructible. For example, I would never take a hammer to it, though you would be surprised at how tough it really is. You can cut right on the surface without worry of scratching it. It has a high heat resistance, so you can take the pot of boiling pasta or brownie right out of the oven right on the surface with no worries.
You do need to seal the surface of granite, and depending on how much traffic the surface gets, you should seal more often; once, or twice a year.
Because of its durability and beauty, granite will increase the resale value of your home compared to many other surfaces. If you have no plans of selling, granite gives you a peace of mind that your counter top will continue offering you value, function, and beauty for many, many years to come.
There are some “granite alternatives” out there, such as Silestone, which combine the strong quartz material that makes up granite with a cement composite. The material is extremely durable and does not need to be sealed like granite, but as hard as the industry has tried, it still doesn’t compare in the depth of color and pattern that the natural stone offers.
If you are looking at remodeling your kitchen, get in touch with us at Marble Design Center so that we can help you plan the process. We offer free in-home estimates, as well as on-site consultation at wholesalers of granite slab and natural stone tile.
We can also offer you information on taking care of your kitchen counter top or vanity top.
We service Southern California, specifically Orange County and the surrounding areas.