Why Granite Is Great For Countertops

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Adding granite to your kitchen or bathroom countertops is always a smart remodel. It will add class to any room, making your cabinets look much more stylish. Installing a new countertop is a major investment, so you want to make sure you choose the best granite. The great thing about granite is that every piece is unique. The grains, patterns, knots and blemishes inside the granite give every slab a unique look. The discolorations and natural and give each slab it's own style. While granite is undeniably stylish, it is also very practical when it comes to cabinet and desk tops. This article explains a few things you should know about granite if you want to use it in your home.

Granite is Hard

One of the main perks of granite is the fact that it is so hard. All minerals are given a "measure of hardness" (or MOH) on a scale of 1-10. Granite is very strong with a rating of 7. This means that the surface is ideal for kitchen and bathroom countertops. It gives you a sanitary and safe surface for preparing food. Granite is hard enough that you can even prepare and cut food directly on it. Granite can serve as a cutting board, though it is so hard that it may dull your knives over time.

Granite is an igneous rock that formed deep inside the Earth's crust when magma seeps between rocks and cools off. The slow formation of crystals creates the unique style and shine of raw granite. It forms a rock that is perfectly dense and ideal for construction purposes. When granite is cut and polished, it has a high sheen.

Granite Needs to be Resealed

While granite is very hard and durable, it does need to be protected every once in a while. You need to make sure the granite is always sealed so there is no risk of mold forming inside the granite. Granite is slightly porous, so it needs to be sealed. An unsealed granite countertop in your kitchen can become a harbinger for mold, especially if you are preparing raw food directly on it. If granite is properly sealed, it is easy to clean with normal all-purpose cleaners.

It is easy to see why so many people add granite countertops to all the cabinets in their home. It is a perfect material for your kitchen cabinets or office desk. It will certainly add style and value to your home. It is a smart remodel for all sorts of homeowners. For more information about granite countertops, contact a company like Sandia Marble.

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