Affordable Granite Countertops
Some may say that granite is expensive, but the fact is as a natural rock, it is actually quite affordable. You can get some slabs for as little as $50 a square foot. Of course, some stones can be much more expensive.
As mentioned above, granite is abundant, so supply is not really a problem. However, quarrying it from the Earth to your kitchen can take a long time. Refining it from a 40,000 block of stone to the 2 cm to 3 cm thick slabs you see in our showroom involves a long and complicated process.
Granite merits 6 in the Mohs scale which measures the hardness of minerals. In comparison, quartz scores an 8, while a diamond scores a 10. While granite may not be as hard as quartz, it is lighter and therefore more desirable for countertop material.
It is also the material used for monuments and building facings because it is so durable, and will last for decades with little or no maintenance. It will do the same for your kitchen and bathrooms. Some people consider it an investment piece for this very reason.
How durable is Granite?
Granite does not stain or scratch easily. It is so durable that you can use a knife directly on it without damaging it in any way. It can also withstand heavy loads, and stand up well in both interior and exterior situations. Indeed you can choose to bring it to a high gloss for ornamental purposes.
Lastly, granite is just as durable as stainless steel, and hold up well under a considerable amount of use and abuse. It is heat resistant, which makes it an ideal material for fireplace surrounds when used in smaller sections rather than a solid slab. Rapid fluctuations in temperature break solid slabs of granite, but not when they are in smaller pieces.