You know that granite counters are some of the most beautiful, in-demand and high-quality options for kitchens and bathrooms. You might even know a little bit about quarries, or how to care for granite counters (they need to be sealed).
However, homeowners have yet to learn many hidden facts about this stunning natural stone. For example, granite was a major part of ancient history.
Some people think marble was our ancestors’ go-to stone, but granite played a big role too. It’s been around since the beginning of time. After all, it’s simply lava that’s slowly pushed to the earth’s surface!
Major monuments like Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids are made of granite, although it looks much different than our countertops because today’s products go through a manufacturing process.
Granite Can Do What?
Granite isn’t only on your countertops. It’s also commonly used to create rock-climbing walls. It’s tough, sturdy and nearly impossible to break, crack or chip without incredible force, so it makes sense that it’s a go-to material when we want to test our strength and agility. In fact, that’s why some rock-climbing gyms incorporate “granite” into their name.
Don’t Take it for “Granite”
Your granite countertops can immensely raise the value of your home, overhaul the look of kitchens and bathrooms, and give you the luxury you deserve.
This stone is an international resource, and comes from nearly every corner of the world. Some sources are rarer and thus costlier than others. Some people think you can only get granite from Italy, but if you want homegrown, it’s available.
Granite countertops have come a long way, but you can get a hint of their history in the name itself. Granite comes from the Latin word “granum,” which means “coarse grain.”
You might wonder why this big part of the earth’s crust is relatively costly, compared to linoleum and tile. It takes a lot of manufacturing, processing and effort to move and shape this stone to turn it into the slabs you’ve fallen in love with.
Even though most granite names are Italian, don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a clue to its origin. Whether you want Italian granite or you aren’t sure, talk to a countertop professional to find the right slab(s) for you. At Intermountain Stone & Marble, local Utah professionals are always available to help you customize your dream home with granite countertops.