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Why You Need Granite Countertops

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If you find yourself resenting your countertops because they don’t look like your neighbor’s countertops, then it’s time to do something about it. By investing in new countertops, you can upgrade to a new, high-end look that will impress everyone in your neighborhood. There’s no doubt that granite is on your shortlist of countertop options since it’s one of the most popular countertop materials for kitchens and bathrooms. Here are some reasons why granite countertops are a must-have for your kitchen and bathroom remodel. 

Granite is a Long-Term Investment

When selecting new countertops, you must plan for the long-term. How do you want your home’s interior to look in the next 20 years? While your neighbors who live across the street are stuck with laminate counters that have seen better days, you’ll be boasting the best countertops on your block. Best of all, granite countertops last twice as long as other popular materials—they can retain their beauty for over 30 years! Not only are granite counters stunning and durable, but they are cost-effective because you won’t have to replace them every five years as opposed to other materials. 

Granite Offers Unparalleled Beauty

One of the main reasons you’re considering switching to granite is because it’s a beautiful surface. For all its qualities, what stands out about granite counters is their unique appearance. Granite’s natural appeal and texture are unsurpassed by other countertop materials. Moreover, granite comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors. When it comes to other countertop materials, you’re often stuck with the same pattern that everyone else has—and that’s no way to live. Granite can easily be personalized, so you won’t have to settle for a generic countertop that bores you. 

Granite is Resistant 

Granite is rock-hard and can stand up to almost any abrasion. While this is not recommended, you can get away with placing a hot pan over a granite countertop for a few minutes without the surface melting; no other countertop surface can say that. In terms of hardness, granite comes second only to diamond. When properly installed and maintained, granite countertops have the potential to be the last countertop you ever need. If you replace your countertops years down the line, it will be because you want a different pattern to show off, and not because you have to replace your countertop. This is important because any future countertop changes will be a personal choice instead of a costly repair that must be done within a week.

Granite Is Low-Maintenance 

Homeowners who don’t have much time on their hands love granite because they rarely have to clean it. When an expert seals your granite countertops, all you’ll have to worry about is taking soap and water to wipe your countertop clean. When you select granite as your countertop material choice, you’ll enjoy a stain-free counter that will look new for decades to come. 

Set your home apart today with luxurious granite countertops for your kitchen and bathroom. Intermountain Stone & Marble offers an extensive selection of color and style choices for granite countertops, so contact us today!

   

Avoiding Etching on Granite Countertops

Like other natural stones, granite is a product known for being durable. It lasts for decades, providing multiple areas of your home with beautiful and functional surfaces, but it’s important to note that like any natural stone product, it’s still susceptible to damage from certain sources.

At Intermountain Stone & Marble, we can help you understand one of the primary damage risks for our granite countertops: A process called etching. What is etching, why does it happen, and how can you go about avoiding this risk on any of your granite surfaces? Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about granite etching.

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Etching Basics and Causes

Granite is one type of what’s known as an igneous rock, one created by volcanic action and the melting of rocks within the earth’s crust. Within this, granite has an alkaline composition – this means it’s vulnerable to being exposed to acidic substances.

When acid contacts a granite surface, etching is the common result. As long as there’s enough time for the acid to dissolve some minerals on granite, it can lead to discoloration of the area, roughness in the texture, and even possibly a physical depression in the area if the acidic substance is allowed to linger too long.

Finish Type

It’s important to note that the visible effects of etching may vary depending on the finish type of your granite surface. If you have a polished finish, etching will be most visible. For countertops with a matte, honed finish, however, the visible effect might be a bit less obvious.

Our next sections will go over preventing etching from taking place on your granite surfaces:

Cleaner Use

When cleaning your granite and other surfaces, one good way to avoid any risk of etching is to avoid any products that are highly acidic. This means don’t clean with things like lemon juice, vinegar or others in this family.

Instead, focus on cleaners specifically made for natural stones like granite. In most cases, you can even just use mild dish soap. Both these products will have neutral acidity and pH levels, which don’t risk etching on your surfaces.

Food Preparation

We always recommend using a cutting board or some other kind of barrier between the granite countertop and your food preparation. This is especially true if you’re working with any acidic fruits or juices, or with items like coffee, wine, soda and others that may be acidic.

Repairing Etching Damage

In some cases, the damage from etching on a granite surface can be repaired by sanding the area, then applying epoxy and sealing it. We don’t recommend attempting this unless you have experience with these kinds of products, however.

For more on avoiding etching concerns on your granite countertops, or to learn about any of our quartz or marble options or how we can help with a kitchen remodel, speak to the pros at Intermountain Stone & Marble today.

Choosing Granite Countertops Over Concrete Options

While you may not have considered it as a primary option, concrete has begun to rise in popularity as a countertop item. It’s even compared to granite as a material in many cases, and some homeowners are beginning to factor it in as a serious option.

At Intermountain Stone & Marble Company, while we won’t put down any other company’s products, we’re here to tell you that our granite countertop materials still hold a few significant edges over concrete options. Let’s go over some of the important factors here to get an idea of why. 

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Lifespan

It should be noted that both concrete and granite products are very strong, and can last for long periods of time with the right maintenance. Both are susceptible to scratches or stains but can be easily protected from these as well.

However, concrete is known to develop an irregular patina over time in many cases. Due to uneven wear, this is a discoloration of the surface that may even lead to cracking. This cracking can be repaired, but will never look quite the same. Granite, on the other hand, never cracks and is much less likely to discolor for any reason. It can chip, but chips or scratches can be repaired with epoxy material that almost never shows due to the natural color of granite. 

Strength and Durability

Both materials are also very strong and durable, able to resist heat damage for great kitchen use. But concrete is porous while granite is not – this means the former can absorb liquid, bacteria, mold and various other stains, and has to be regularly sealed and waxed to stop this from happening. If not, the surface will both wear down faster and be unsafe for food preparation in some cases. 

Granite also needs sealing but is far better at repelling liquids and stains even without maintenance. It’s also not as susceptible to full-on cracking as concrete. 

Property Value

When it comes to home value, buyers prefer products that are versatile and familiar. Granite countertops are highly adaptable, but more than this, they’re simply more well-known and will be comfortable for more buyers than newer concrete products, which are still building a reputation. For this reason, granite is the way to go if you’re considering selling anytime in the near future. 

Appearance and Aesthetic

Concrete countertops can be colored easily, which is good, but they’re also relatively stoic when it comes to design. They’re not really at home in traditional or formal locations and are often better for industrial settings. Granite, meanwhile, is a natural stone with tons of variation in pattern, suited for a variety of décor formats. 

Cost

The costs of granite and concrete countertops are fairly similar, but it should be noted that concrete takes longer to mold, cure, smooth and polish. This adds to the installation and labor costs, and also makes the process take longer. And when combined with all the factors above, it’s clearly a less cost-effective investment. For more on why you should likely consider granite over concrete countertops, or to learn about any of our quartz or marble countertop options, speak to the pros at Intermountain Stone & Marble Company today.

For more on why you should likely consider granite over concrete countertops, or to learn about any of our quartz or marble countertop options, speak to the pros at Intermountain Stone & Marble Company today.

Choosing Proper Granite Tones

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When it comes to countertops, it’s hard to say no to granite. Granite countertops are both durable and easy to maintain, with virtually limitless customization options available.

At Intermountain Stone & Marble Company, we have everything you need when it comes to granite countertops. We can help you with every part of the selection and installation process, from early design questions to the final touches. One of the most common early areas we help clients with: Color selection. Not only will this area define the aesthetic of your kitchen or bathroom for years to come, it can also play a role in your home’s value down the line. Here are some important areas to keep in mind when choosing granite countertop color.

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Material Matching

You want your countertops to complement the rest of the room they’re being installed in, and this means doing an assessment of these colors and schemes. Take a lot of pictures of the room in question in a natural light, as this will help you make the best decision.

Also keep in mind that walls or other broad elements aren’t the only things that matter when it comes to the aesthetics of a room. Think about other visible items like window treatments, furniture or even larger kitchen appliances. You might want to directly match colors, or you might think about contrasting colors that offer a good mix.

Lighting Considerations

Another important factor here, as we mentioned above, is your lighting. In particular, you have to consider the kinds of light that will be hitting the countertops – are they mostly separate from windows, meaning they won’t receive much natural light? Or are they featured in rooms where lots of sunlight will be getting in? Granite paired with the wrong kinds of light can make spaces seem smaller or more cramped than they really are, which you don’t want. Ask our pros about matching certain granite tones with various light profiles.

Samples

If they’re available, take some samples home with you to get an exact idea of how they look in the room in question. If this isn’t possible, make sure you have high-quality pictures. A good way to test this in your home is to cover existing countertops with a neutral color like white, then place the samples over this cover – this lets you get a good idea of how the natural and man-made light in the room impacts your counters. Try doing this at multiple times of the day if there’s lots of natural light, as it may hit the room from varying angles.

Multiple Tones

For many homeowners, it becomes difficult to decide between a couple fantastic granite tones. If this is the case for you, why not go with both? For a kitchen remodel, using one tone for the island and another for the surrounding counters can be a great complementary design. This can be mirrored by your cabinets and other kitchen accessories, as well.

For more tips on choosing the proper granite tones, or to learn about any of our kitchen and bath remodel services, speak to the pros at Intermountain Stone & Marble Company today.