Where Granite Comes From.
The term “granite” is actually a catchall term for a naturally occurring composite material. So, let’s go back to geology class and consider what granite is before answering why it’s used for countertops.
Granite is an intrusive igneous rock, characterized by its large crystals that were formed below the surface of the earth. The crystals solidified from molten rock through a slow cooling process. They were then exposed by quarrying, carving by rivers and glaciers, or gradual upward pressure within the earth (see Yosemite).
Its large grains make it visually interesting, with a mixture of feldspar giving this rock its distinctive pink highlights. The clear or smoky grains are made up of quartz and muscovite, whereas the black flecks are biotite or hornblende.
Granite rock has become popular for kitchens and bathrooms only in the last thirty years. In this time, access and processing has seen much advancement, making it more affordable for homeowners around the world.
What is granite good for?
In addition to being the most popular material for headstones, it’s great for countertops as it generally outlives the building in which it’s installed. Even if you’re not concerned with longevity, granite countertops are, well, shiny! They make an impression, turning a room from basic to luminous regardless of whether its other features are subpar. Granite is also commonly used for flooring, tiling, paving, and large-scale construction projects such as commercial buildings and bridges.
Cooking and food preparation is great with granite because it’s resistant to bacterial contamination. But this doesn’t mean they don’t need to be cleaned after preparing a meal — it just means messes and unseen germs can be removed easily. And you don’t have to worry about putting oven mitts underneath hot pots and pans — granite will not warp or burn under high temperatures.
Why Granite Countertops?
This is a pretty important question to answer if you’re building or remodeling your home. Namely, the kitchen and bathrooms as they offer the best opportunity to create the timeless visual appeal that granite counters are known for. Kitchens and bathrooms are great spaces for this type of material because they offer opportunities for both luxury and utility.
Further adding to their appeal is a reputation for holding value if properly cared for. Maintaining the value of your granite countertops requires yearly applications of special sealants to minimize staining and liquid absorption. If the countertops aren’t used very much, sealants can be re-applied less frequently. There are also specially formulated granite cleaning solutions to help keep them in pristine condition.
In short, here are the top three reasons why granite is a great choice for countertops:
- Resistance to wear
- Timelessness and luxury
- Heat and bacteria resistance