(United Granite, and Fairfax Marble)
Granite is a very hard and granular, volcanic rock. India and Brazil have the richest granite quarries in the world, however, certain colors are only found in certain areas so granite is from all around the world. Virginia Mist granite for instance is quarried here in the Virginia, USA, close to Culpeper. Dakota Mahogany granite is also quarried in the USA, near Ortonville in South Dakota.
Granite is mostly used for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops, fireplace surrounds, and tub surrounds. This article will be mostly about using granite as a countertop, rather than its other uses. We will talk about benefits of using granite countertops as opposed to other materials.
PIECE OF EARTH IN YOUR KITCHEN : WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?
It is pretty exciting to have an actual piece of earth in your home. Some people think that all the different granite colors are man-made, however, this is not true. All granite is natural and the colors that you see are not altered by outside elements.
DURABILITY - WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Granite is one of the most durable stones found in the earth. It is already millions of years old and is a very hard stone. Kitchen cabinets, tiles, wood, painting, drywall, even the house itself has a lifespan. Granite countertops will last forever, even longer then your house will.
A GOOD INVESTMENT - WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Buying granite countertops is a good investment because granite does not age or wear over time. You can enjoy it as much as you would like to, and get your money back when you sell your house. It will look as beautiful as it did the first day it was is installed. Most of the time even the customer gets more than what they spent on the granite countertops when they sell the house. Potential home buyers want to see granite countertops in the kitchen, this the reason home investors change cabinetry and install granite countertops to polish the house up when they are getting ready to put it on the market.
UNIQUENESS - WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Each piece of granite is unique. Even some of the standard colors in the market change over time. Exotic stones are especially unique. You won't even see anything similar to a certain exotic slab or lot. This is not the case with much other natural stone. You can see the same exact material you have at a friend’s house.
SCRATCH RESISTANCE - WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Granite is a scratch resistant material. You cannot scratch granite with a knife or hard object. The two exceptions for this are diamonds and other granite; diamonds are some of the hardest stones as well, that is why diamonds can scratch granite countertops. We use diamond blades to cut granite because they are very hard. Granite can also scratch granite. Be careful with the granite cutting board you have in your kitchen. Make sure to put felts underneath the stone to make sure it does not scratch your kitchen granite countertops.
COLOR OPTIONS - WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
There are thousands of different color options for granite. Each year we get new colors introduced in the market that we have never even seen. There is a misconception in the market that granite always comes with a lot of color variation within the same lot. This is not true; there are a lot of plain color granite options available in the market such as Absolute Black, a pure black color granite.
LOOK - WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
There are some quartz products that try to imitate granite colors. Their pattern still repeats itself, so it just does not look like granite. Granite has its own unique look which cannot be recreated with any other material.
AFFORDIBILITY - WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Granite countertop prices have been reduced drastically in recent years due to 2 reasons. Cost of excavating granite has declined with advanced technology and mass production. In addition, the number of granite fabricators that are leaving very tight profit margins has increased. Both of these work out great for the consumer to enjoy great granite pricing. It is possible to find granite as low as $30-$35 a sq. ft. recently. This was at least double 8-10 years ago. Also, the service level has gone up due to competition. There is no way to survive in a granite fabrication business for a long time unless you do a good job. If a fabricator has been around for long time, they must be doing a good job.
Formica may be the only cheaper option for some cases especially if you are able to buy the material yourself, cut and install. Adding the labor into the cost will bring the price to same level as granite counter tops.
EASY MAINTANCE - WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Granite requires almost no maintenance. All you need to do is to put some sealer on every year, and wipe it off after 10-15 minutes. You do not even have to do this if we apply lifetime sealer on your granite countertops. Some of the darker granite colors such as absolute black are very dense. These types of stones do not stain as easy as light colored granite. Please visit our blog to read more about taking care of your new granite countertops.
FAST TURN AROUND TIME - WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Granite Countertops turn-around time is much faster than its substitutes. It takes much longer to get a butcher block top for instance. It takes only about a few days to fabricate granite. Add that with taking final measurements, preparation for cutting, layouts, final fabrication drawing approval, and the entire process will last only one to two weeks depending upon the season.
EASY PROCESS: WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Selecting and Installing granite is a fairly easy process. You just need to choose the color you would like, that is pretty much it. Your granite fabricator will take care of all the rest for you. All you need to do is to enjoy your beautiful kitchen.
FINISH OPTIONS - WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Granite has many finish options such as polished, honed, leathered, and flamed. The Polished finish option is the most common one and is the easiest to clean and is resistant to staining
DOES NOT FADE - WHY CHOOSE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Granite does not fade even when it is exposed to direct sunlight. This makes granite a great countertop material for outside use. Quartz countertops will fade in color if they are exposed to direct sunlight.
We are here in the Washington Metropolitian area within our Virginia and Maryland locations if you need help with your granite countertops selection and installation.