About Granite Countertops
Granite countertops are the most popular choice due to the versatility and superior performance characteristics. In fact, granite was recently rated the top performing kitchen countertop material by a leading consumer magazine when compared with engineered stone (an excellent countertop material), butcher block, ceramic tile, stainless steel and other manufactured surfaces. It is also more hygienic than all other surfaces.
One of the hardest and strongest materials in nature, granite originated from the earth's core as liquid magma. Extreme heat and pressure forged the quartz, mica, feldspar and other minerals into a very dense structure millions of years ago. Over time, additional heat and pressure resulted in the myriad of fascinating combinations of color and patterns, as well as the many outstanding qualities we know and love about granite. Granite's innate ability to withstand constant abuse will impress you.
A granite countertop is nearly impossible to scratch (you can cut your veggies, etc. on it if you don't mind dulling your knives), hot pots won't hurt it, bacteria and stains are not a problem under normal use and proper cleaning. Most granite is naturally porous to a certain degree and thus susceptible to staining, however granite countertop care is hardly a concern and certainly not the problem or hassle that some in the industry would have you believe. Furthermore, there are several varieties of granite (especially blacks) that are so dense they simply will not stain and thus do not need sealing.
To help you visualize the slab choices we have on hand and what we are able to access for you, please click on the links below to see one of our distributors beautifully maintained websites.
Unique Stone Concepts, Lenexa, KS
Grades of Granite: Demystified
1. What are these “grades” of granite I keep hearing about?
Granite comes in A, B, C, D and Exotic. “A” grade granite is the least expensive and exotic would obviously be the most expensive.
2. What is the price difference of each stone?
The price difference between the grades can be as simple as how easy it is to remove from the earth, how easy the stone is to transport from the mine, how difficult it is to fabricate or how plentiful the stone actually is. Each of these factors actually helps to determine the price of each slab.
3. How do I know the difference in price of “A” grade to “C” or “D” grade?
We will always begin our estimates with “A” grade slabs, unless you tell us that you’ve already chosen a higher grade slab. At times, the whole job cost could be just a couple hundred dollars to upgrade your stone as we are able to procure some of the higher grade stones at a discount and pass that on to our customers.
**Remember our goal is for our customers to be happy and have a great experience! Choose the stone you love and you will get many years of enjoyment out of your counters.