About Granite Countertops
Granite is a natural stone that is classified as a medium to coarse-grained intrusive igneous rock. But what exactly does this mean? In geological terms, this type of granite is loosely defined as being formed from molten rock that has cooled under the pressure of the earth’s crust without breaking through the surface. Because this molten rock remains beneath the surface of the earth’s crust, it has time to cool more slowly - thus giving other minerals and deposits in the surrounding earth form and orientate within the final stone.
It’s worth noting that while granite is known for being incredibly hard, it also has porous characteristics. This means your stone is susceptible to staining, which is why we strongly recommend that you ask your natural stone professional to include a high-quality sealer application along with your countertops installation. By applying a high-quality, professional sealer to your kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities, you can enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your surfaces are non-porous and stain-resistant. In general, natural stone countertops should be sealed every 1-3 years depending on the amount of use. However, you can upgrade to a 25-year sealer so you won’t have to worry about any maintenance other than general cleaning.
Granite Countertop Colors
There’s no other material that can quite compare to the natural palette of granite. The color of your stone will ultimately be decided by the region in which the stone was formed and the quarry-specific minerals present. There are granite quarries all around the world producing unique, one-of-a-kind stones. Some of the most popular granite-producing regions include the United States, Italy, Canada, China, India, and South America.
The minerals present in the surrounding earth during formation will greatly affect the color of the final stone. These minerals can include quartz, feldspar, biotite, amphibole, and more. For example, if the molten rock contained an abundance of biotite, the final stone would typically be dark brown or black in color. If an abundance of quartz were present, this would result in a milky white stone.
No matter what your design style or decor, you are sure to find the perfect granite color for your project. You’ll find everything from white granite to pale pinks and bold black granite and everything in between.
Bathroom Granite Countertops & Vanities
Granite isn’t a one-trick pony! Bathroom granite vanities are a great way to turn any space from drab to fab! Have you been dreaming of an elegant peaceful relaxation retreat for your master bath? Been dying for that show-stopping guest bath vanity that will leave your guests talking long after they’ve gone home? Bathroom granite countertops are the way to go!
Once you consider the added benefits of hypoallergenic surfaces along with decades of performance and minimal maintenance, it’s easy to see why granite remains the leading choice for countertop materials on the market.