Granite - Naturally gorgeous

 
 Founder's Choice, Caravelas Gold

Founder's Choice, Caravelas Gold

 
 

As the use of granite has become more widespread, the price has come down considerably. New sealants have come to market and fabrication methods have advanced, making granite countertops more durable and affordable than ever. Consider just a few reasons why you should get granite countertops in your new kitchen.

History

Have you ever wondered why we use granite for so many different uses? The same material can be found in your kitchen as in the base of the Statue of Liberty. This is because granite is both enduring and beautiful.

Formed by the cooling and crystallization of magma beneath the Earth’s crust, granite takes a long time to form. Within granite is found quartz and feldspar, mixed with smaller amounts of mica, and other various minerals. The smaller minerals are what give granite its infinite variety of colors. The force of gravity and tectonic earth movement are what give granite its texture and pattern.

Advantages

Granite is found anywhere people want both strength and beauty. Granite is used for countertops, floor tiles, paving stones, stair treads, building veneers, and monuments. 

Durability. Granite is one of the hardest substances in the world, second only to diamonds. This makes them them resistant to heat, scratches, and chips as they endure years of abuse in the household kitchen. It's often said that if you replace granite counters down the road, it will be because you want to and not because you have to.

Natural beauty. There are many different naturally occurring variations in the color, pattern, and texture of granite. This gives you a wide variety of options to choose between when selecting your kitchen countertops.

Long term investment. Not only are they beautiful, but new granite countertops add the most to your home's market value. Even if you don't plan on moving, they will save you lots in the long run. While you’re enjoying your countertops made from granite over the next 30+ years, one neighbor might be replacing their laminate counters three times.

 

When deciding on materials for a new kitchen, think about granite countertops.  Millions of years, countless minerals, and forces beyond imagining all came together to form something functional and beautiful for your home.

Julianna Jewell