Granite Countertops: Resilient, Durable, Luxurious.

Granite is one of the strongest stones in the world, second only to diamonds which is one of the reasons it’s been used for thousands of years as a building material. The other reason is its versatility and looks.   Granite is formed in the center of the earth, as heat and pressure combine materials such as quartz, mica, feldspar, and other natural elements to form its ultra-hard, luminescent stone with intrinsic designs of a three-dimensional appearance. Each piece of granite is unique, and different combination of naturally occurring materials produce a range of some 3,000 different granite colors.

That versatility combined with the material’s durability and heat-resistant properties make is a perfect choice for a luxurious kitchen countertop. In addition, with changes in the global economy and world trade policies, granite from all over the world with different patterns, designs and colors, is made available to home designers and builders. That means that, no matter the style or design of your kitchen you are sure to find a granite contertop to match it.

Choosing a granite countertop:

Considering that each single piece of granite is unique, and if damaged can only be replaced by something fairly similar but never exactly equal, there are two main features to consider when picking granite countertops:

Origin:  keep in mind that some types of granite come from overseas, and a change in trade policies may make a specific type of granite hard to find at some point.

Movement:  “Movement” refers to the variations in granite’s color, tone, granularity, pattern, etc.  Movement is really what makes each stone so attractive and one-of-a-kind.  Depending  on the size of your kitchen you can keep it uniform with slabs from the same block, or mix and match movements. You can, for example, have uniform countertops around the kitchen and a distinctive one on a central island.

This article  in the Home Remodeling Association of Connecticut website encourages you to be creative with granite countertops:

It’s more than likely you will have at least a 4-inch granite backsplash where your counter meets your wall.  Play with color here, going light or dark, or both.  Movement in granite allows you to be creative with your countertops, without losing the extravagant feel.  There are metallic swirls in some stones, dignified and tight grain patterns in others.  Some have a pebbled, flecked look.  Others are unvarying.  It all depends on the combination of quartz, crystals and minerals in the piece of stone.  It’s all an igneous formula from underground.  It’s polished, sized and chosen for the specific look you want in your bathroom or kitchen countertop.

The colors are vast, from light to dark.  At the moment, blue granite is creating quite a trend.  If you’re looking to brighten a room, think lighter colors with patterns less dense, and don’t be afraid of metallic flecks and accents.  It will compliment any lighting or other color scheme on your floor, walls, or artwork.  Monotone black, grey, or white is appropriate for a more modern look and geometric feel.  Some contemporary kitchens have finished wood cabinetry with clear panels.  Darker granite offers a cool contrast.

Modern cooks favor granite countertops over all other options due to its ability to withstand the high heat of a pan direct from the oven.  Granite won’t blister or damage. It is also a great surface to form pastries, cool candy and work chocolate. It is hardness is more likely to harm your cutlery than allow the countertop to be damaged by it.

However, because it is quite porous, granite needs to be sealed often to be suitable as a countertop. It should be sealed when installed, and re-sealed at least once a year. Sealing a countertop is a project that you can tackle on your own,  as the materials are sold in most hardware stores.

Even sealed granite is somewhat vulnerable to certain materials and foods.  Unfortunately, it may still absorb cooking oil spills, grease, and acidic foods like pineapple, lemon, and salad dressing.   A dark stain, dullness, etching, or cloudy appearance, are all signs that your granite has been damaged by outside chemicals.  The good news is that there are remedies for specific stains, like fat, oil, acid, coffee, even color stains like ink or wine.  It’s always best when in doubt to contact the installer or manufacturer for cleaning advice.

Fairfield County Granite, a trusted CHDA Member, offers the finest and most luxurious granite countertops to suit any  kitchen remodeling project in Connecticut. Each is piece is custom cut and fabricated in their  own state of the art facility.

The products are delivered and impeccably installed by an experienced crew,  with  100% customer satisfaction guarantee, and in their website you can find a gallery with samples of all the different types of granite they offer, as well as pictures of installed products.

You can contact Fairfield County Granite through the CHDA website and take advantage of an exclusive coupon that gives you $300 off the total of your kitchen countertop purchase.

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