A granite countertop is far and away the most popular feature of custom homes and renovations these days. But do you know exactly what you are getting when you order and install granite in your home?
Granite is a natural stone meaning each slab is unique and delivered in one solid piece. In nature, granite forms as an igneous rock– essentially magma that has cooled and crystallized deep in the Earth’s crust. In fact, the term ‘granite’ in countertops and building materials generally refers to a wide range of hard, semi-porous igneous stone. These stones all have granite-like properties and provide a huge range of price, colour and quality.
Granite countertops are best treated regularly with stone cleaner and sealant when necessary. This will ensure your granite stays in mint condition.
- Often adds value to the property
- Each slab is unique
- Resistant to wear, heat and bacteria
- Available in many colours
- Rarely needs sealing
- Prone to staining
- Difficult to remove once installed
- Heavy– may require additional support before installation
- Cracks may form after major impacts
- Requires stone cleaner for best results