The Greatness of Granite

The Greatness of Granite

November 12, 2018

Costa Smeralda granite adorns this kitchen island in the Venegas and Company showroom. (Photo via Houzz.) 

Quartz surfacing may have taken over granite as the top-seller for kitchen countertops, but don’t let that fool you into thinking granite is passé. Granite is still the preferred choice for many residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. Granite countertops and vanities offer qualities that are unsurpassed by any manmade material, even quartz. 

Quarried from the mountains of Italy, the United States, Canada, India, Brazil, China and dozens of other countries around the world, Granite has been one of the most popular natural stones on the market for decades. What’s so great about granite? For starters, every slab of granite quarried from the earth is unique. Whereas quartz slabs are manmade and all contain the same striations and particulate, granite offers a wide selection of color variations. Since the mineral content in the earth varies from place to place, you can find some really eye-catchingly unique pieces of granite. If originality is important to you, granite is a great choice. 

Granite is also available in any size or shape, and in varying sizes. Some colors and styles of granite are rarer than others, which makes them cost more. But every piece of granite has an elegance and quality that’s undeniable. 

Granite is naturally very strong and durable—still one of the most durable options for countertops. A type of igneous rock that’s made from a mix of feldspar, quartz, micas, and other trace minerals, granite is resistant to heat and scratches. It’s naturally strong and water resistant with some antibacterial and stain-proof characteristics. When properly sealed (a task that homeowners will need to do to keep granite looking great), granite countertops can last a lifetime. 

Ease of maintenance is another positive quality of granite. While it will need to be sealed, it can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth and mild soapy water. In fact, if you select granite, you’ll want to avoid ammonia, bleach, or any cleaning products with solvents or caustics, as this will remove the sealant. 

If you’d like to learn more about the types of granite available and the surface’s many attributes, visit us at any of our northeastern Marble & Granite, Inc. locations. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will be happy to walk you through our well-lit showrooms and show you the myriad of choices and options available. Learn more or schedule a consultation at



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