Homeowners have been adding beauty to their homes with granite countertops for years. But did you know that these natural stone counters are cut to show its unique characteristics? You can select the exact stone that will show off your style. Most people think of granite countertops for their kitchen. Recently, the granite experts at Granite Huggers have noticed that the newer trends are adding granite in other spots in their home with great success.
Granite countertops are actually made up of several different components. A unique composition of holocrystalline structures and igneous rock gives the countertop extreme durability and strength. Within the stone, the crystals don’t fully develop. They grow together, creating a strong bond. The development of the crystalline patterns is also what gives each individual piece of granite its unique beauty.
The durability of granite is what makes them an excellent addition into a kitchen. Because they are heat tolerant, they can hold up under hot pots and pans. In addition, they resist scratches which makes them the perfect surface to handle food prep. Many cooks do their cooking prep right on their granite countertop, eliminating the need for cutting boards. (Some people still choose to use a cutting board to protect their knives from becoming dull.)
Sealed granite countertops are easy to clean. Warm water, a mild soap and a soft cloth are all you’ll need to keep your countertop clean. The sealing process provides a non-porous surface that is bacteria resistant. As a result, granite countertops are more sanitary than other countertops.
A natural stone, granite countertops are available in a wide range of colors. Countertops are typically made of granite that is black, gray, white and brown. These color classes are simply groupings to help identify the granite. The specific stones will have shadings and designs that are unique. Each of the styles of granite are formed by the different patterns each stone has. The variations are the result of the crystals that form within the stone.
One of the most common crystals that forms in granite is quartz. Quartz fills the gaps in between the granite, giving the stone beautiful character. It reflects the colors of the crystals that surround it, so even though the quartz is colorless, it adds beautiful dimension to the stone. A hard crystal, it also enforces the durability of the countertop.
Another common crystal that typically is found in granite is mica. With metallic flecks of silver, pink, brown and black, mica adds glitz to the granite. It helps give granite the “polished” look that homeowners desire. Granite derives most of its color from feldspar, another common element found in the stone.
Due to the natural formations of crystal within the stones, every granite countertop is one of a kind. By selecting a countertop that is uniquely yours, you create a room that can highlight your individuality. Add accent elements throughout your bathroom, kitchen or bar area, and the look of your home will be both beautiful and customized.
Another favorite feature of granite countertops is the flexibility homeowners have to create a truly custom piece. Your granite countertop can add flare to your home with its customized shape and size possibilities. For even more dramatic effects, add a stylized edge to the countertop.
Due to the extremely customized options available in granite countertops, they can fit almost any budget. From the rare, highly customized options at the high end of the price structure to the more generic, common variations, nearly everyone can afford to have the luxury and beauty of granite. With their extreme durability, an investment in granite countertops is truly an investment that can last for decades. With less maintenance required and their resistance to scratches and heat, they can withstand years of use.
Not only are granite countertops a beautiful addition to any home, they can increase the value of your home. Any homeowner planning on remodeling their home prior to selling should consider installing granite due to its resale appeal. Adding granite countertops to a bathroom, kitchen or island in your home is a cost-effective way to add character and value to your home.
With your investment into granite countertops, you don’t need to worry about depreciation. Granite countertops have always returned their investment amount back to the homeowner during resale. Homeowners who are not in the market to sell can be assured that they, too, will see a return on their investment during the many years of enjoyment they’ll receive from their gorgeous granite countertops.
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