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.
Granite is a durable, easily maintained, and essentially worry-free natural material that is perfect for any high impact space. This is why you often see it on or within high-traffic, commercial buildings. This is also why it is such an amazing choice for surfaces that see see a lot of water or sharp objects, like your kitchen countertop.
The saying goes, if you plan on cutting on your granite countertops with your sharp knives, plan on buying a knife sharpener.
Granite is a natural material, and like all natural material it requires a certain degree of care. Seal it with a granite natural stone sealer once or twice a year and you won’t have to worry about stains or discoloration. And because the stone has so much depth and variety of color, rarely will you see a granite countertop look anything buy new, years and years after installation and daily, intense use.
Granite is a wonderful choice for kitchen and vanity tops, for both residential and commercial projects. If you are remodeling a home, granite will not only add value to your experience in your own kitchen, but it will increase your resale value if you’re looking to sell. The reason is durability, but there is no question as to the beauty of the material.
Other materials so exist in the market, such as Silestone, a concrete and quartz compound that is said to be stronger than granite. At a minimum, it is as strong, and does have a few advantages, such as never needing to seal the material. But given that sealing your granite takes less than 2 minutes from start to finish, it’s not really that much of an advantage.
For those who enjoy the look and the feel of natural materials, granite stands above all other materials. Marble is very soft and will scratch easily as well as stain easily. Polished travertine is an option, and although it is more durable than marble, it isn’t quite there the way granite is. Staining and scratching can occur.
If you are looking to install granite in your home, please consider us. We provide free in-home estimates. We also give consultation tours of our suppliers, allowing you to see the exact slab that will be installed in your kitchen.
We serve Southern California, with a focus on Orange County. We have done jobs and can provide references in Irvine, Tustin, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clemente, and much more, with over a decade of experience in Orange County.
Call us today!
Our craftsmen are truly artists, able to create any pattern or edge detail using state of the art fabrication machines, or doing it the traditional way to get you the kinds of design that machines can’t make.
Homes are not the same, and tastes are not the same. We can offer design options and deliver them in the highest quality because of our own personal experience in the field of granite installation, but also in the crews we manage. Know that not only is your project in great hands, but we are able to do just about anything you imagine for your home.
Limitations do exist if time is an issue for you, as was for many investors in the housing boom only a few years ago. If you have the time, we will take the time to ensure you exceptional quality. We hope you will refer us, and continue to use us as other projects arise.
Granite is a wonderful material for kitchen countertops, and Marble Design Center of Orange County should be your choice in Southern California, with references in Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clement, and all the surrounding areas.
Give us a call at 949.456.0236 and ask for Ben!