Why choose granite
As you are probably aware, the easy choice is granite. It is very popular kitchens, so you are almost certain it is a good stone for your own. It is the most abundant naturally occurring rock on earth, and yet each slab is unique in its look and design. Formed from millions of years and tons of pressure, granite is durable, which makes it a favorite among builders and sculptors with an eye to posterity. You should know however, that what some people call granite is probably something else, such as gabbro or basalt, but it doesn’t really make that much difference. Granite is typically light colored with visible crystals of quartz, mica, and feldspar, which gives it its distinctive look. Most granite slabs costs from $50 per square footage, but with installation and fabrication, you can expected to pay from $200 per square foot.
The main advantage of granite over most other countertop stones is its extreme durability, due mostly to the quartz. Quartz has no color, and gets a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale for minerals. Granite, by definition, is composed of a minimum of 40% quartz.
Another great thing about granite is its beauty, which is due to a combination of light-colored feldspar and other minerals. The other minerals such as mica impart the distinctive veining and crystalline look of granite, and makes each slab unique.
Granite countertops is popular for kitchens because it makes it look fantastic. Additionally, it is resistant to heat and scratches, so you have a winning combination.
The main thing against granite is its porosity. Porous material can potentially harbor bacterial growth, which you can imagine is a problem for any kitchen. Its porosity also means it is prone to staining. We seal our granite countertops after installation to take care of this small problem, and in most cases you will not have to reseal for several years.
The fact that granite is heat-resistant doesn’t mean the seal is, so you have to be careful with placing anything very hot directly on the countertop. Best practice is to use a trivet or hot pad, and to wipe up any spills immediately.