What is it?
Granite is a natural stone defined as a crystalline, granular rock consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica. It is formed from the rise of molten magma deep beneath the Earth’s crust. Many of these stones were formed and hardened as the earth cooled billions of years ago. It is mined from around the world in large blocks that are cut into slabs. These slabs are polished and distributed to fabricators to create a multitude of products like kitchen and bathroom countertops.
A High End Look
Granite and other natural stone products are typically considered premium, or “high end” products. One of the biggest benefits of using a natural stone is its unique and beautiful appearance. Granite is highly scratch resistant, and is typically resistant to etching caused by acidic substances. Hot pots and pans can also be placed on granite without burning the surface. We still do recommend using hot plates for any surface.
The drawbacks to using a natural stone like granite are that most granites are porous to some degree and do require annual sealing. Even with a good penetrating sealer, lighter colored granites do have a tendency toward staining. Depending on the size of the project versus the size of the stone slab, your countertops may have visible seams in the deck and backsplash.
Granite countertops can be used in both residential and commercial applications. However, granite can not be used in commercial food prep areas or in the healthcare industry. The porosity of the material can cause it to harbor bacteria, making it an unsuitable choice for such applications.
Granite needs to be sealed. Some granite material is more stain resistant than others, but it is highly recommended you apply a high quality sealer at least once a year.
If damaged, granite is a very difficult product to repair, if it can be repaired at all. A professional specializing in stone restoration would be required for this type of work.