- Listed: March 14, 2019 5:19 am
The dark “marble” look of a granite counter have given nothing but class to the kitchens. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures, and is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals. After millions of years this solidifies (lithifies) into stone. What exactly is granite, and why would you want a granite countertop?
If you are looking for a clean, professional look in your kitchen, granite countertops are likely your best choice.Granite counter tops also have an extremely shiny finish that is easy to keep clean, which is also a bonus on a surface where you plan on preparing food and such.
Although both are stones and both are quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. Because its main component is calcium, it can be affected by acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages.
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Quartz is usually glassy grey, the mica is black or silver flakes, and hornblende looks like black rectangles. The stone has a light color and a chunky texture that contains all of the colors evenly distributed throughout the stone, without any particular pattern or grain.
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Granite countertops are impervious to extreme heat and cold, so you never have to worry about damaging your counter when placing cooking ware down on them. Another advantage to granite countertops is the reflective surface which creates a luminance to the room that brightens up any space. The main difference is that granite and marble are made of different minerals that perform differently in regards to chemical resistance and hardness. Most installers will use an impregnating sealer that sits just below the surface of the marble. If you want to consider using marble in your kitchen you must set the proper expectation for its performance. It will etch and scratch, we call this a patina and many consider it a thing of beauty. It is hard to duplicate the polish on areas that have been affected so you will usually need to do the whole thing. Quartzite begins its geologic life as sand grains, perhaps on a beach, desert dune, or riverbed. With enough heat and pressure, the sand grains lose their original shape and fuse to their neighbors, forming a dense, durable rock. Quartzite is usually white or light-colored because quartz sand is light colored. That’s helpful because quartz has distinct properties that make it easy to tell apart from other minerals.
Each of these ingredients is large enough to see and point to. The benefits to installing granite countertops into your home are numerous. However, because of its subtle veining and aesthetic appeal, many are choosing marble. Some people assume that if marble is sealed, these tendencies will disappear but that is not actually the case. Therefore, the surface is still susceptible to these occurrences. Yes, you can resurface the marble countertops to restore it to its original luster but this is a messy and expensive project. Over time, the sand grains become compressed and stuck together to form sandstone. The process is similar to individual snowflakes merging into solid, glacial ice. Additional minerals carried by groundwater can impart hues of green, blue, or ion-red. Regardless of color, quartzite is made of one thing: quartz. Granite and quartzite have very similar performance statistics.
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A dream kitchen with white cabinets , quartz countertops, a center island/sink and walk in pantry.
Front entry greets you and leads you into the great room which has vaulted ceilings and is open to the dining nook and gorgeous kitchen, also with vaulted ceilings. Each room has plenty of closet space and room for your belongings. The half bath is very spacious with front loading laundry and additional storage space above. Adjoining dining room, spacious great room with gas fireplace , custom mantle and exterior stone, with beautiful window light. Utility sink handy for craft projects and big daylight windows for lots of light. Lower level has spacious family room with surround sound and plumbed for wet bar. The kitchen opens up to the spacious great room with a gas fireplace . Entering in from the 3 car garage there is a mudroom with the convenience of builtins. There is a nice mudroom space with a coat closet and half bath that lead out to the large three stall garage. The large great room, 1/2 bath, huge laundry room, locker area and giant garage finish out the main floor. Master bath with double sinks, granite counter topand gorgeous tile shower with glass euro door.
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Well appointed, finished, daylight level offers additional bedroom, full bath & family room with a cozy corner fireplace . Ample storage with numerous cabinets and a large pantry/closet space.
You will be in awe of the open kitchen concept which gives you the ability of cooking and entertaining at the same time. The second floor has 3 large bedrooms and a master suite to die for, along with a handy laundry room . Dramatic stone fireplace is the center point of the living room .
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