3 Top Benefits of Granite Countertops | Charlotte NC

Okay so you are thinking of getting granite countertops, but you want to know — what are the real benefits of granite countertops? What makes getting granite countertops so great? Well, you are at the right place for your answers.

First off, what is granite?
Granite CharlotteGranite is an igneous rock formed from magma, that can be found in many different types of colors, ranging from dark granite to light granite colors. It is a very hard and tough rock that can be found all over the Earth, in many different countries and places. Granite comes from the Earth. It is mined from the ground all over the Earth at granite quarries. (Granite Quarry pictured left) After it is mined, one side is polished, the rock is sliced up into “granite slabs” — and we take those granite slabs and custom cut them to fit your countertops.

Benefits of Granite Countertops | Charlotte NC

1) Durable – Granite Countertops are one of the best types of countertops for any home. The abuse from children, heat or other elements found in the kitchen or bathroom will not be able to harm your granite countertops. Granite is a hard, durable surface that has already survived many of the elements on earth today. It is very hard to scratch granite and granite will not burn.

2) Uniqueness – Granite Countertops can easily update or freshen the look of any home. Each granite countertop slab is unlike the next. Although there are many granite slabs of the same granite color — slab color can still vary in pattern, lightness or darkness of color, or veining. Your granite countertops will be unique to your home, easily matching your decor and being the envy of your guests.

3) Affordable – With us, we are not just a granite countertop installer — we import, distribute, custom fabricate and install the granite countertops for your kitchen. This entire process cuts out any middle man or subcontractor, allowing us to give you the most discounts on your granite countertops. Granite Countertops used to cost many thousand dollars for just one simple kitchen remodel, but as the times have changed, the average granite countertops kitchen costs around or under $2000.

Still not convinced you need granite?
Here are even more benefits of granite countertops:

  • Granite countertops are very affordable.
  • Each and every granite stone is unique.
  • Granite counter tops are beautiful.
  • Comfortable in any decor.
  • It is impossible to duplicate the true beauty of granite.
  • The sunlight dances off the small crystals and changes the appearance of your stone throughout the day.
  • You will still admire the beauty of your natural stone five years down the road.
  • There are hundreds of color choices.
  • Many different patterns… veins, specks, and swirls.
  • There are many sink style options including farm sinks, vessel sinks, under mount sinks and drop in sinks.
  • A few different sink finishes available to compliment your granite countertops include ceramic, copper, stainless steel, granite, onyx, marble, sandstone, limestone….
  • Granite is colored all the way through.
  • This natural stone is readily available.
  • It’s easy to clean.
  • Granite is a sanitary countertop material. It does not harbor bacteria.
  • Granite can usually be repaired if it’s damaged.
  • It’s not a trend.
  • Kid Friendly.
  • It is strong.
  • Granite is hard to scratch.
  • You can cut on it.
  • It’s a hard stone to polish and finish. It’s even harder to wear off the polished finish.
  • Granite is durable,it will last your lifetime and more.
  • Hot items such as griddles, fryers, and toaster ovens won’t burn or leave char marks on your granite countertop.

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Granite Countertop Prices

When choosing a granite company to buy from, this is why the best price might not always be the best value.
Written By: Bob Faust
Fireplace & Granite Distributors

There are many factors that go into creating a quote for granite countertop prices. Factors such as 1) Material cost 2) overhead 3) Labor cost 4) Specialty tools and equipment 5) advertising and service.

These should all be evaluated when you are considering the “Risk vs. Reward” scenario when choosing the right company for your granite needs.

Lets consider one of factors: Material Cost

All granite slabs are sold at different levels of quality or “grades”. Just as diamonds are graded from “commercial grade” all the way up to to “FL” (flawless), granite slabs prices vary the same way. Granite is available in commercial grade, fabricator grade, second choice, and first choice. The cost range of these materials are considerable.

A granite slab of Santa Cecilia commercial grade has a cost as little as $4.00 per sq ft whereas a similar slab of first quality material could easily cost $8-$10/ft. (NOTE: these are direct prices from the stone Quarries)

How is granite graded? What is the difference in granite slab grades?

Just some of the factors that go into this grading process are color, clarity, fissures or cracks, and pocked (pitted) slabs. Fully 80-90% of the granite fabricators locally to our area (Charlotte and surrounding) buy there materials from slab distributors. They then in turn add on their overhead and profit. After that, they then add wholesale these slabs to fabricators for $7-8 for commercial and as high has $12-14 for first quality slabs. Many Charlotte companies advertise first choice materials but sell lesser grades.

Granite Countertop Grades
(The photo above shows the same granite: 3CM Baltic Brown Granite  — The same granite but in different grades can appear different in color, have more granite fissures or cracks, and an overall difference in quality)

We, at Fireplace and Granite Distributors, buy directly from quarries overseas, thus insuring the best price and best quality materials.

This allows us to provide a premium quality material at wholesale prices or “Builder price levels”. (Passing all the savings and discounts onto you, the customer)

I am sure you can see why the best price may not always be the best value. If you pay a lesser price, you may very well get a lesser material. After all when the job is said and done and you are showing off your new tops to your friends and relatives, would you rather say “Look at my beautiful granite tops!” or “Look how little I paid for my granite tops!”

A low per sq ft granite price, a cheap granite countertop price still gets you a cheap granite countertop. Sometimes the lowest price will not offer you the best granite countertop and best overall value.