Do not expect your granite countertop to be the exact same as in the picture. Granite is a natural stone and no two pieces are the same. This unique nature is part of the allure.
What is Granite?
Granite is a natural stone that is quarried in huge blocks from beneath the earth’s crust. An igneous rock formed from liquid magma solidifying, granite’s crystal-like structure is made of mica, feldspar, and silica, as well as numerous other minerals and compounds. Each type of granite has a different mineral makeup causing each piece to be unique in form and in color. Being a natural material, color variations and veining are normal.
Veining and discoloration causes rare and natural designs that are exclusive to that particular piece of stone. When looking for the perfect section of granite, pay close attention to the lines and varying color patterns since these will be the basic design of the countertop.
Fissure or Crack?
During the formation process, assorted minerals flowing at various viscosities confine and settle causing dark lines referred to as fissures. A natural occurrence, an organic fissure does not separate the stone like a crack and has been a part of the stone since formation, therefore not creating a space that will weaken the structure or allow bacteria and mold to dwell.
Pitting is also a biological manifestation caused by minerals shrinking during the magma cooling process. Crystals form and when polished out leave behind small holes. Since the pits, like the fissures, are a biological component of the stone it doesn’t affect its sturdiness. Proper finishing, polishing and sealing techniques can insure the strength and perseverance of the granite.
Assuring Your Purchase
The true beauty of granite is in the ecological fissures and pits; designs and carvings unique to nature itself. To be certain of the quality, it’s important to find a granite showroom/distributer with an excellent reputation that will assist in helping you reach your goal.
Installation and upkeep are important, but when dealing with forces of nature it’s critical to start with a superior base product. Research and interview granite companies’ thoroughly paying strict attention to the length of time the organization has been in operation and references of former and present clients.
Be involved in the entire process from choosing the stone, finishing, and installation to certify that you get the look you want to achieve. Keep in mind the texture and motif will be unique to your countertop, so ask questions and expect stunning variations and exquisite detailing.