Have you ever wondered why so many homeowners decide to go with granite in their kitchens or bathrooms? With so many different varieties of countertop on the market, you might wonder why granite is such a popular choice. Here at Arch City Granite, we want you to have the information you need to make informed decisions. If you have questions about granite in bathrooms and granite in kitchens, then we have the answers you need.
The Origin Story
Granite is an extremely hard material and is formed from quartz and feldspar and a few other trace minerals. The other trace minerals are what alter the coloring. Granite is formed from magma deep under the earth. As the magma begins to cool, the pressure of the earth compresses the crystallizing magma and granite is formed. The formation of granite is a combination of the right materials, added to the right amounts of heat, pressure, and time. When granite is created correctly, you get a kitchen or bathroom countertop that can withstand an army of angry toddlers, and even forgetful teenagers.
So, Why Go With Granite?
If you are wondering where granite falls on durability, we will need to look at the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. In the early 1800’s a mineralogist named Fredrick Mohs wanted to know the toughness of natural materials. He created a simple method of taking one material to scratch another. Using this revolutionary technique, Mohs was able to understand hardness as it related to Geology. Ranked at a number one, the softest material on the scale is talc, while the hardest is diamond with a rank of 10. Granite falls in at a rank of seven. This means that the granite in kitchens is resistant to scratching. Granite can also withstand the heat. If you have granite in a bathroom, you won’t have to worry about a curling iron burning the surface. Granite can take the heat. You can take a hot pan out of the oven and set it directly on the surface. If you love baking and cooking, granite will be your new best friend.
If you are worried about finding the right color for you kitchen or bathroom countertop, granite has you covered. You will be able to find slabs of granite that come in a variety of coloring schemes and patterns. Some of the colors include: browns, beiges, earth tones, reds, whites, blacks, neutrals, and greys. You can even find a few granite slabs that have a blueish coloring. Pretty much, if you have a color scheme in mind for you kitchen or bathroom, granite has the wide selection you need.
Resistant to Staining
When countertops are fabricated at Arch City Granite, we add a protective sealant. The sealant goes a long way to protecting the granite from stains, but the granite itself helps too. Granite is a pretty dense material.
There are some countertops out there that require a lot of maintenance. Granite definitely is not included in that group. Granite is one of the lowest maintenance countertops you can find. Depending on the level of use, you might need to reseal your granite countertops once a year to once every few years. Applying the sealant is easy, all you need to do is follow the directions on the package and you will be good to go.
Arch City Granite
If you have questions about installing granite in kitchens or bathrooms, feel free to come down to one of our stores. We will answer your questions in a pressure free environment. We want to help you make the right decision for you home. At our St. Louis location, you can even watch the fabrication process. You will be amazed as large slabs of granite are transformed into stunning countertops. We have the selection you need for your kitchen and bathroom and we have install you countertops the right way the first time. When you think about installing granite countertops, think Arch City Granite. With Arch City Granite, you will understand why so many people love their granite countertops.