Granite is one of the most popular materials used in kitchen countertops, granite is timeless, durable and beautiful. Granite countertops can make any kitchen look luxurious.  It can also compliment your hardwood cabinets and other sorts of materials inside your kitchen. In contrast, one-of-a-kind slabs of blue or silver granite can make your kitchen a showplace.

As an igneous rock, granite is formed under very high heat and has a crystalline structure instead of a layered structure like sedimentary rock. This formation give it a unique appearance that’s totally random and beautiful. Granite is a great choice for kitchen countertops; using tile rather than solid granite cuts the expense drastically. During installation, make sure tiles are spaced closely to minimize grout staining; you can use tinted grout to achieve a more seamless look as well. Both the tile and the grout should be properly sealed.

Design Tip: If you want a matte look, consider absolute black granite in a honed finish. The darker the granite, the less porous and more stain resistant it is.
Maintenance: Granite countertops need to be sealed twice a year. Clean with warm water and liquid detergent.
Cost: From $100-$200/lin. ft., installed

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