Granite Countertops in Washington DC. Maryland MD and Virginia VA

Natural Stone

Granite

Granite is one of the hardest types of natural stone known. Since ancient times, civilizations have used granite to built amazing structures that have remained for hundreds of years. During the last decades, it has been increasingly used for interior and exterior decorative applications. Today, designers and architects use granite to enhance their architectural styles. Homeowners, highly seek granite to redo their kitchen and bathroom countertops so that they can have that little bit of elegance and classic style in the most used rooms of their homes. Other uses of granite may include flooring, cladding, and curbing.

Due to its natural characteristic, each slab of granite is unique. Even though, the most typical colors and grains are standardized by names on the market, distributors use their own terminology to designate those colors and patterns that have limited availability. Granite is highly heat resistant. Whereas it is not advisable to place hot objects on its surface, granite can resist temperatures of up 480 degrees F. Although, all natural stone can be chipped, granite’s hardness makes it very resistant to cuts and scratches.

Often, consumers get confused regarding the popular misconception about granite’s porosity, and consequently about the frequency of its need of sealants. To begin with, let’s establish that not all granites are porous. For example, Uba Tuba, Baltic Brown or Black Galaxy among others, are not porous in any degree and for that they do not need to be sealed. On the other hand, granites such as Giallo Ornamental, Kashmir White, or Ivory Fantasy truly need sealant; however, depending on the fabricator, a thick coat of sealant can last 10 years or more. Normally, before countertops are installed, it involves a process of several hours to make sure that a granite surface will not need to be sealed again for many years.

Marble

Culturally, marble has been a symbol of tradition and refined taste. Greek and Roman sculptors have used marble to create fine objects. Its impressive translucent surface enables artists to create three-dimensional forms, making it the perfect material for figurative art. In construction, architects and designers have used marble to build great palaces, temples, and mausoleums. Some of these constructions have become universally admired masterpieces, and considered part of the world’s heritage.

For centuries, marble has been exclusively used for high-end constructions. However, in recent years, its price tag has come down significantly becoming a frequent choice mostly for residential applications. Nowadays, consumers are willing to invest more money for indoors and outdoors decorative settings such as fireplaces, bar tops, shower areas, flooring and grill surroundings.