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Granite 101: Everything You Need To Know About Granite Countertops

silver creek granite new msi
silver creek granite new msi

When it comes to choosing granite countertops, there are plenty of options with many choices of color, veining, and patterns. The beauty of granite countertop comes from its natural appearance – it’s something that only the beauty of nature could create. Since there are no two slabs of granite that are exactly the same, your new countertop will provide your home with unique appeal. The classic elegance of granite countertops in your space, is matched with its outstanding durability. The granite countertops you select for your next project might be the last countertops your home will ever need.

Vermont Granite Quarry

Where is Granite Quarried?

Ever wonder where your granite countertops come from? Formed as long as 300 million years ago, granite is formed by volcanic activity over 10 miles below the surface of the Earth. As magma cools and rises to the surface, it solidifies over one million years until it becomes granite. Granite can be found in many countries around the world, from Brazil to China to India. Granite is also found in several US states such as Texas, Massachusetts, Indiana, Wisconsin, Georgia, and North Carolina. These are the top producing states of granite in the U.S., accounting for 64 percent of the country’s production.

The largest open-face granite quarry on the planet is located in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Mount Airy is known locally as “The Granite City.” The North Carolina Granite Corporation was established in 1743, and has been quarrying granite there for more than 150 years.

What is Granite Made of?

Many minerals make up each slab and give it the unique colors we see in different types of granite. Granite is a combination of minerals and rocks, primarily Quartz, Potassium Feldspar, Mica, Amphiboles, and a trace of other minerals. Granite that is high in Potassium Feldspar will have rich red and pink highlights. Granite that contains Mica will produce brown or black veining. Below is a list of the minerals and what colors they usually produce in granite slabs.

  • Quartz – milky white, clear, translucent
  • Feldspar – white to gray
  • Potassium Feldspar – red to salmon pink
  • Biotite – black or dark brown color
  • Muscovite –  metallic gold or yellow color
  • Amphibole – black or dark green color

The combination of these minerals typically make up most of the colors we see in a granite. The variations throughout the granite are considered desirable since they give the slab character and make it different from others. It is important to select your slabs quarried from the same stone to make sure that the color and amount of veining are similar.

Which Granite Is Perfect For You?

Choose the right granite color for your kitchen or bathroom space and use it to make your home truly unique and timeless

Classic White Granite

White granite is a true classic. Its unique, timeless beauty will bring sophistication to your space and design. White granite can be incorporated into almost any style or design. There is no white granite that is perfectly white like man-made stones. White granite countertops are true gems and will include many different shades, veining, and flecks containing hues of different colors.

Bold Black Granite

Black granite is an excellent choice for anyone who likes solid colors and striking contrasts. Black granite can be a bold choice, perfect for a modern design. Black countertops can be combined with just about any color cabinet. It is all about your own personal style. Black granite is very versatile and has countless options in a kitchen remodel.

Neutral Brown and Gold Granite

Brown and Gold granite countertops provide wonderful earthy, natural options for your design, There is a wide variety of brown granite, from light tans to deep rich dark browns. These beautifully colored countertops have proven to be popular with homeowners and designers alike. Neutral design is on trend, while not as stark as a white kitchen, light beige or brown countertops bring warmth to your space. Brown countertops will look gorgeous with light wooden cabinets, or the ever popular white.

Elegant Gray Granite

Gray granite countertops can be beautifully understated and wonderfully elegant. Gray granites, like other granite choices, will have a variation of colors and veining. Many of these grays are simple and subdued, while others are can make a statement. Gray granites are very popular in contemporary and transitional kitchens. These granites are also used to today by designers as another neutral option similar to brown.

Exotic and Rare Granite

Exotic granite can drastically improve the appearance of your space. This type of granite will definitely become a focal point and create a statement in your home. Keep in mind that because exotic granite is rare, it will be priced higher than other types of materials. But it can be well worth it. Granite is not only durable but is also strikingly beautiful. The exotic granites shown here are Altair, Blue Bahia, and Van Gogh. These Exotic Granites are more than likely a special order product.

Popular Granite Finishes Available

Polished

A polished finish is the most popular choice for homeowners. This finish makes the granite countertop surface very shiny and glossy. The natural qualities of the stone are showcased beautifully with this finish making the colors and textures sparkle. The polished finish is the easiest surface to clean and maintain. This finish also helps to seal the surface helping to prevent moisture from seeping into the stone.

Honed

The honed granite finish, which can also be called be called matte, creates a very smooth surface without any gloss. There is no buffing done in this process, which leaves the stone with a flat finish. The disadvantage to the honed finish is that it makes the granite more susceptible to staining. Honed Granite will require resealing more frequently.

Leathered

A leathered finish is a relatively new style that is an appealing trend to homeowners. This finish is created by taking an already honed surface and adding texture to it by running diamond-tipped brushes over it. Leathered finishes are more subtle and sophisticated. These type of countertops seem to retain the natural color of the stone more than a honed finish. A leathered finish because of its texture will hide spots, fingerprints, and other everyday occurrences.

Blue Bahia Granite countertop kitchen island

Blue Granite Countertops in Your Kitchen

Granite has been used for centuries to make works of art that will last a lifetime. So why not bring the timeless beauty of granite into your kitchen? Like an artist, you must choose the colors that you want to work with. While past trends have pointed to a light countertop with uniform movement, uniqueness and natural beauty are now in favor. Blue granite countertops are the perfect choice.

Pantone set the tone for the design trends of this year with their choice for color of the year, Classic Blue. They describe their choice as a timeless, elegant blue hue reminiscent of the sky at dusk. This color combined with the unique beauty of granite will make for an eye-catching centerpiece for your kitchen. Here are a few examples of blue granite that would be perfect in your home.

Blue Bahia Granite

Blue Bahia is a stunning blue stone from Brazil that features shades of blue with veins of white, brown and gray, and it goes well with white cabinets. This granite is the perfect option for those who want an eye-catching statement piece as their kitchen countertops or island.

Blue Bahia Granite countertop kitchen island

Blue Flower Granite

Blue Flower granite is also from Brazil. It is a combination of medium blues and touches of white, black and gray. This granite would be a great option for those who desire a versatile countertop that goes well with both light and dark-colored cabinets.

Blue Pearl Granite

Blue pearl is a beautiful stone from Norway. It got its name from its pearl-like sheen. It features shades of blue and grey with veins of black and beige and pairs well with white colored cabinets. This granite will definitely add a touch of beauty and elegance to your kitchen.

With all of its natural beauty, it is not difficult to see why blue granite countertops are a favorite of many. If you are interested in incorporating it into your home, contact us for a free estimate on our website or by phone at (864) 633-2366.