The inherent beauty of a granite countertop is unsurpassed by any other countertop surfacing material. Each slab of granite is as unique as the home it inhabits. A 2012 survey conducted by the Marble Institute of America indicates that homeowners appreciate and recognize the beauty, investment value and durability of granite countertops in Minneapolis. While there are naysayers that contend that granite has experienced its heyday, it nevertheless remains the top-selling choice for countertops, despite the dozens of other options on the market.
Granite is mined from quarries world wide, including Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. In fact, the largest open-faced granite quarry in the world is located in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. Granite is available in hundreds of color variations and patterns. The colors range from neutral shades like cream, beige and white to reds and pinks, blues and greens, browns and blacks. Some have significant veining and other unusual patterns. Each slab is unique and no two alike. Consider the following pros and cons of granite offered by suppliers like Granite Unlimited Inc.
* Granite never depreciates. It is an investment that adds value to a home.
* Granite provides a one-of-a-kind surface. No two are alike.
* It is the hardest and most durable countertop surface on the market.
* When properly sealed, granite is acid-resistant, moisture-resistant and scratch-resistant.
* It is easy to maintain and care for.
* Granite absorbs oil. Lighter shades show stains more readily than darker shades.
* It occasionally will chip or crack if heavy objects are directly dropped onto the surface.
* It is scratch-resistant, not scratch-proof. Cutting boards are recommended.
* Granite is susceptible to thermal shock. Hot pans or pots should not be placed directly onto its surface without a hot pad or trivet.
The most popular finish for granite countertops in Minneapolis is the polished look. This highly reflective and glossy appearance showcases the granite’s color and depth. It is widely used in kitchens as well as in the reception areas of many businesses. Another popular finish is satin. A satin finish has a lesser sheen than polished but is still shinier than a honed finish, which is dull and flat. The satin finish is a good choice for bathroom countertops. A daily cleaning with a solution of warm water and mild soap keeps granite countertops looking their best.