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Granite is a natural stone defined as a crystalline, granular rock consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica. It is formed from the rise of molten magma deep beneath the Earth’s crust. Many of these stones were formed and hardened as the Earth cooled billions of years ago. It is mined from around the world in large blocks that are cut into slabs. The slabs are polished and distributed to fabricators to create a multitude of products like kitchen and bathroom countertops.

Granite and other natural stone products are typically considered premium, or “high end” products. One of the biggest benefits of using a natural stone is its unique and beautiful appearance. Granite is highly scratch-resistant, and is typically resistant to etching caused by acidic substances. (Other natural stone surfaces like polished marble are not etch resistant.) Hot pots and pans can also be placed directly on granite without fear of burning the surface.

The drawbacks to using a natural stone like granite are that most granites are porous to some degree and require annual sealing. Even with a good penetrating sealer, lighter colored granites have a tendency to stain. Depending on the size of the project versus the size of the stone slab, your countertops may have visible seams in the deck and backsplash.
Granite countertops can be used in both residential and commercial applications, but cannot be used in commercial food prep areas or in the health care industry. The porosity of the material allows it to harbor bacteria, making it an unsuitable choice for such applications.

If damaged, granite is a very difficult product to repair, if it can be repaired at all. A professional specializing in stone restoration would be required for this type of work.

Wood Countertops

Wood countertops are practical and durable. Wood countertops can fit any size cabinet; they are easy to customize by adding vegetable sinks and openings for cooktops. Wood countertops are the natural choice with the new healthy cook in you. You can cut your meats and vegetables directly on it without worrying about germs and bacteria. Because of the wood’s natural fibers and the penetrating finishing oils in them, wood countertops are more germ free and bacteria free than granite countertops. Wood countertops are very durable, it won’t chip or crack like granite.

Wood Countertops are for Life.

Wood countertops are beautiful. With wood countertops, you have a variety of choices; red (Brazilian Cherry wood), brown (Hickory, Oak), rich brown (Mesquite wood) dark chocolate (Walnut wood), light color (maple, ash). There are also construction styles (edge grain or butcher block and face grain) that change the look of your countertops, and many customized features such as edgings, distressing and stamping. Many choices that will guarantee your countertops will fit perfectly in your home and will be unique.