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GRANITE & MARBLE
The countertop makes the kitchen. It's the work surface where you prepare food, eat casual family meals, perhaps even pay bills and help Junior with his homework. And of all the countertop materials you can buy, stone is the gold standard for both durability and character. Every rock pulled from the earth has its own mineral color, veining, and speckles, brought vividly to life by stoneworkers' saws and polishing wheels. So whether you select a solid burgundy quartzite, a sky-blue granite, or a beige travertine-embedded with fossilized seashells, it will be as distinctive as an original work of art. And as permanent, too. Unaffected by hot pans or water, a stone countertop will last as long as your house—maybe even longer. It needs only a little routine care and forethought to ward off water marks, stains, and etching typically caused by acidic foods. But even if the worst happens—a chipped edge, a red wine spill—most stones can be restored by a professional
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WHAT IS GRANITE?
Granites are formed of an aggregate of crystals which are molded together without any interspace between them or which enclose one another. The magnificent crystallinity of granite is a striking characteristic. It is accurate to speak of "granites," because many varieties of the stone exist. While they differ in color, texture and crystalline structure, the granites have three essential minerals in common: Feldspar (50% or greater); Quartz (25-40%); * Mica (3-10%). These minerals occur in different proportions, giving each granite its own color, texture and structural characteristics. In addition, hornblende, magnetite, hematite, pyrite, zircon, garnet, corundum and other minerals may be present in smaller amounts, adding to the unique coloration and texture of each granite deposit. With natural material like granite, a certain amount of "movement" or grain in the stone must be expected. Many people find this flow and blending of colors to be the most compelling reason for using granite.
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WHAT IS MARBLE?
Marble is an extremely hard, metamorphic stone composed of calcite (CaCO3). It is formed as a result of the recrystallization of limestone under the intense pressure and heat of geologic processes. The effect of this process is the creation of a stone with a very tight crystalline structure and small but definite porosity. Because of its structure, marble can take a very high polish and is a very popular decorative stone for architectural and sculptural uses. The limited porosity of marble, especially polished marble, makes it less vulnerable to the leaching effects of water. Marble itself can be of two types, one composed of calcite and the other of dolomite. Dolomitic marble is much more resistant to acid attack than calcite marble. The color of marble ranges from the brilliant white of calcite to black, including blue-gray, red, yellow and green, depending upon the mineral composition.
WHY TO CHOOSE STONE COUNTERTOPS
Durability. Granite's unique and complex structure makes it a poster-child for durability. As the second hardest material on earth landing just short of diamond, granite surfaces last a lifetime. When properly sealed, granite countertops hold up to the highest temperatures, resist staining and scratching, and keep their shine and richness for years to come.
Natural, unique and timeless beauty. That pretty much says it all. Granite's popularity may be on the rise, but installing a granite countertop means you will always have a one-of-a-kind surface. Because granite is a natural stone, no two pieces are identical. Granite comes in thousands of shades, colors, and patterns, meaning you are bound to find one to match your taste.
Granite won't go out of style. Granite has been around for centuries, and won't disappear anytime soon. Its numerous desirable qualities – durability, beauty and value - make it a top choice in households today, and will for years to come. While other countertop materials experience peaks in popularity followed by drifting interest, granite's track record for remaining at the top of the market makes it a great choice.
Low maintenance requirements. Kitchens are often high-traffic areas, so it's important to choose a countertop material that is able to withstand the use. Granite is nearly impossible to crack or break, and tolerates high activity without requiring much maintenance at all. A little soap and water, along with regular sealing keep granite countertops looking great.
Granite increases home value. Whether you are installing granite countertops in a new home or replacing existing countertops in preparation for a home's sale, granite countertops often increase a home's value. Those on the hunt for a new house often look at the kitchen and adjacent family room spaces first, as those areas generally serve as the main living and entertaining areas. And a kitchen furnished with stunning granite countertops is a huge draw. When dealing with such a significant selling point, installing the right material can make all the difference.
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