Considering a new countertop? There are plenty of different types including; Silestone, quartz, concrete, Corian, soapstone, laminate or granite. Each has there unique features and appropriate application.
But most of our Mike Blake Custom Homes clients prefer granite because of its versatility and superior performance. In fact, granite was recently rated the top performing kitchen countertop material by a leading consumer magazine when compared with engineered stone (an excellent countertop material), butcher block, ceramic tile, stainless steel and other manufactured surfaces.
It is also more hygienic (tied with quartz) than all other surfaces. One of the hardest and strongest materials in nature, granite originated from the earth’s core as liquid magma. Extreme heat and pressure forged the quartz, mica, feldspar and other minerals into a very dense structure millions of years ago. Over time, additional heat and pressure resulted in the myriad, fascinating combinations of color and pattern as well as the many outstanding qualities we know and love about granite.
Granite’s innate ability to withstand constant abuse will impress you. A granite counter top is nearly impossible to scratch (you can cut your veggies, etc. on it if you don’t mind dulling your knives), hot pots won’t hurt it, bacteria and stains are not a problem under normal use and proper cleaning. Most granite is naturally porous to a certain degree and thus susceptible to staining, however granite counter top care is hardly a concern and certainly not the problem or hassle that some would have you believe.
A broad spectrum of colors and an interesting array of patterns offer endless possibilities. Surface patterns can be highly structured offering a uniform appearance over the entire countertop or the pattern may change continually, without repetition, called “movement“. Movement (on the right) is often desired for the organic and dramatic look it adds to your kitchen or bathroom design. The trick is deciding which of the gorgeous granites you love the most!