Kitchen countertops come in a wide array of materials and finishes, yet granite countertops continue to be a popular choice.
There are plenty of reasons to choose granite for your kitchen, so let’s dive in!
Some countertop options, such as butcher block or soapstone, need to be oiled regularly to keep their surfaces looking pristine. Other materials, like laminate, can easily scratch or dent. Marble, though trending right now, is more porous and can easily stain. Granite, on the other hand, is easy to clean and doesn’t stain as readily as other materials when properly protected. Although most granite needs to be sealed when installed, it will remain protected for 5 to 10 years.
It makes sense that granite is built to last, considering some of the greatest landmarks in the natural world are made of granite. An intrusive igneous rock, granite is formed miles below the earth’s surface, and it takes billions of years for rivers and glaciers to carve out the mountains and canyons we know today. Granite countertops in your kitchen are going to resist scratching, pitting, and scorching. This natural stone also comes as a solid surface, which is a top choice for the modern homeowner, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).
Granite is available in many colorways, from lighter greys and creams, to warm beiges, and even deep ebonies. The appearance of the stone can be speckled like salt and pepper, or veined like marble. Nowadays, there are also different finishes available, which provides some new options to customize the look of your countertops. Polished granite is the most common finish seen in kitchens. Honed granite provides a smooth surface with no bumps, and without the high shine of a polished stone. Finally, leathered granite is gaining popularity today, with its softer finish and focus on the natural beauty and texture of the stone.
While granite used to be more of a luxury, it’s easier on the wallet these days. At Mountain States Kitchen and Bath, we only use Grade A granite, so you’ll never have to wonder about quality. Instead, granite is priced in 5 tiers based on the rarity of the stone, the movement and veining in the slab, and the distance for sourcing the material. Group 1 pricing is the most affordable, and Group 5 is the most high-end. With no difference in quality between these tiers, you can feel confident that you’re getting the most for your money.
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With a limitless variety of colors, textures, and patterns, and all the durability a modern kitchen demands, it’s hard to go wrong with granite. At Mountain States Kitchen and Bath, we’ll help you personally select the perfect slab to make your kitchen stand out. Our countertops are precisely templated in your home and expertly fabricated in our fabrication center. Contact us to begin finding the perfect granite countertops for your Salt Lake or Utah County home today!