Granite resists heat, is bacteria resistant and is nearly impossible to stain and scratch.
Granite is the most durable countertop available. According to the Marble Institute of America, the newest piece of granite on the planet is
almost 750 million years old, so old that granite’s durability is measured in eons instead of years. The chemical composition of granite is
similar to that of lava. However, granite owes its hardness and density to the fact that it has been solidified deep within the earth, under
extreme pressure. Over the eons, seismic activity has changed the crust of the planet, forcing veins of granite to the surface. Glaciers scraped
off layers of dirt, sand and rock to expose granite formations. Typically revealed by outcrops, the deposits have been discovered on all the
Granite, quarried from the mountains of Italy, the U.S., India, and dozens of other countries around the world, is one of the most popular natural stones on the market. Available in a striking array of colors, granite’s durability and longevity make it ideal for kitchen countertops and other heavily used surfaces, including table tops and floors. No man-made product can match the natural beauty of real stone. The colors are extremely vivid and the look is very rich. The shine of natural stone is not the result of an applied finish, it comes from polishing with diamond abrasives, and polished granite will keep its high gloss virtually forever. While some synthetic surfaces scratch easily and melt under hot cookware, granite resists heat. Granite is also one of the most bacteria- resistant kitchen surfaces, and when properly sealed is not affected by citric acid, coffee, tea, alcohol, or wine. It is also nearly impossible to scratch, and with proper cleaning, will not stain under normal use.
As far as cost, we have come in less than a Formica or tile top price with our level 1 stone. The durability of granite makes it a more cost effective option: it will retain its beauty and hold its value longer than any other countertop. When a leading consumer magazine compared granite with engineered stone, ceramic tile, laminate, butcher block, and other manufactured surfaces, granite received the highest overall performance rating as a kitchen countertop material.
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