Inspiration and DIY 3 Reasons Granite is Still the Best Choice for Countertops

Volga Blue Granite Slab on countertops with Egyptian Glass™ in Moonstone Blend mosaic on the wall

Photo features Volga Blue Granite Slab on countertops with Egyptian Glass™ in Moonstone Blend mosaic on the wall

 
 

3 REASONS GRANITE IS STILL THE
BEST CHOICE FOR COUNTERTOPS

Granite has been valued for millennia for its beauty and durability. It was used in ancient Egypt to build pyramids and continues to grace today's kitchen designs. It is a unique stone in both appearance and structure that continues to meet the demands of discerning homeowners.

1. GRANITE IS DURABLE AND NEARLY MAINTENANCE FREE

The stone so many have come to love is an igneous rock with a holocrystalline structure. That means that the crystals that make up the stone don't fully develop; instead, they grow into each other. This unique interlocking crystal structure makes granite extremely durable and gives it the grainy look for which it was named.

You'll ruin your knife before you damage your granite countertop if you decide to chop up a carrot on its surface. It won't scratch or show any wear and tear and unless you take a sledge hammer to it. Granite lets you enjoy your kitchen or bathroom without the worry of damage.

Photo features Mascarello Gold from the Granite Collection

Photo features Mascarello Gold from the Granite Collection

2. GRANITE GIVES YOU MANY DESIGN OPTIONS

Since it is made up of many different types of crystals, the color of granite varies quite a bit depending on the crystal that makes up the majority of a given piece of stone. The most common colors include white, gray, black, pink, and orange. Occasionally greens, browns, and blues make an appearance as well.

Here are the crystals that make up granite and how they produce the unique colors and visual qualities only found in granite.

Quartz
Quartz is the most common crystal in granite. It fills in any gaps around other materials and is responsible for many of granite's best qualities. It is colorless and appears either clear, smoky, or reflects the colors of the crystals around it. Quartz aids granite in being resilient to impact, heat, and daily wear.

Mica
Mica has a metallic luster that adds to granite's ability to hold that just-polished look. It brings the sliver, black, brown, violet, and pink shades to granite.

Feldspar
Feldspar is the second most common substance in granite. Feldspar is responsible for most of the colors you see in granite. It creates yellow, orange, pink and blue hues. Darker feldspars make black granite.

Horneblend & Biotite
The famous gray stone sprinkled with black and white that first comes to mind when you think about granite is also the most commonly available. This salt and pepper look comes from hornblende and biotite crystals.

With so many colors to choose from, it is easy to select granite that will fit in with your kitchen or bathroom design and yet remain timeless.

Terra Antica™ Rosso 13 x 13 field tile on the backsplash

Photo features Terra Antica™ Rosso 13 x 13 field tile on the backsplash. Above range features Terra Antica™ Rosso 3 x 3 mosaics and Dakota Mahogany Granite inserts with Emperador Dark Granite chair rail and pencil rail. Coordinating countertop in Dakota Mahogany Granite

 

3. GRANITE IS AFFORDABLE

The famous gray stone sprinkled with black and white that first comes to mind when you think about granite is also the most commonly available. This salt and pepper look comes from hornblende and biotite crystals.

With so many colors to choose from, it is easy to select granite that will fit in with your kitchen or bathroom design and yet remain timeless.

Uniquely colored granite can often look like some of its more expensive counterparts so you can get a marble look at a granite price. Different finishes on the granite can also help you achieve a look-alike affect.

Mica flecks reflect light in this granite from Daltile’s Granite Collection in Blue Pearl

Mica flecks reflect light in this granite from Daltile's Granite Collection in Blue Pearl

 

There are still plenty of reasons to love granite. It's your best option for affordable, beautiful, and durable countertops. Get inspiration for your granite countertop today and get in touch with a representative near you.