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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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