Granite countertops are both beautiful and durable, easy to clean, resistant to heat and scratches.
Granite’s vivid natural color palette and near diamond-hard surface makes it the ideal material for countertops.
• Resists heat, scratches and stains.
• Protects against mold and mildew.
• Offers a near endless variety of different patterns of veins, specks and swirls.
• Accommodates many styles.
Granite rocks are igneous rocks also known as "fire rocks" which were formed by slowly cooling pockets of magma that were trapped beneath the earth's surface. Granite is the hardest of all building stones with a very close grain, making it almost impervious to stain and uniquely applicable for any interior use. If polished, it's high-gloss finish will endure even in harsh environments. These characteristics are ideal for countertops and flooring making granite a reliable stone for these applications.
Origin: Granite is a igneous rock that contains at least 20% quartz by volume, but also some mica and feldspar. It's mined from around the world, including quarries in India, Brazil, Norway, Italy and China. The largest granite quarry in the Unites States is located near Barre, Vermont.
Environmental Impact: Medium. Granite is durable and recyclable, but it requires large amounts of energy for transport, and mining is very resource intensive.
Pros: Each slab is unique, hard, durable, scratch-resistant, impervious to stains, heat, and water when sealed, relatively easy to clean, comes in all colors, still highly covetable with an even higher resale value.
Cons: Expensive, heavy, needs annual resealing, ubiquitous, "granite fatigue."