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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Light Granite Colors, New Venetian Gold and Granite Level Price

The pricing of your granite usually depends on the level or type of granite you choose. Most granite companies have several granite levels. Granite level or price is not determined by color, but by quality of the stone. You can read more about granite levels and how they are priced by reading Bob’s blog at: GraniteCountertop Prices and Granite Levels

New Venetian Gold is just one of many light color granites.  New Venetian Gold has a gold background with quartz, garnet, light brown, sometimes rust or orange colors throughout the granite color. New Venetian Gold also has a sporadic pattern showing very little movement.

When choosing your color of granite, you should consider your floors and cabinets over the maintenance.  With darker cabinets and floors, your best choice would be light color granite. This light color granite will give more of a contrast between the countertop and cabinets.

New Venetian Gold and Sante Cecelia are two very popular light color granite colors. Both granite colors are typically Level II pricing. Both colors do have more movement than a Level I Color.

With lighter color cabinets, a darker granite will stand out more than the lighter granite.  Tan Brown and Tropic Brown are the most common darker granites to use.

Here are some photos of New Venetian Gold (a lighter granite color with gold):

New Venetian Gold Granite Slabs

New Venetian Gold Granite

New Venetian Gold Granite Slab

New Venetian Gold Granite Installed

New Venetian Granite Countertops

New Venetian Gold Granite Countertop 

Light Color Granite Maintenance

Most customers go with darker granite over the lighter granite.  I find this is due to maintenance more than anything.  As the darker color granites do have easier maintenance, with the proper sealer, the lighter color granites can have the same type of maintenance.  There are other factors over maintenance that should guide you in your granite color choice.

As granite is a form of a rock, granite will absorb liquids.  When using granite in your kitchen, a proper sealer should always be applied.  The lighter the granite, the stronger the sealer should be.  We use a one year sealer on our granite as our standard.  We have a fifteen year sealer and a lifetime sealer available at an additional cost.  The fifteen year sealer will protect your granite for fifteen years with proper care.  The lifetime sealer, Granite Shield, will protect your granite for the life of your granite, again as with most sealers, with the proper care.  When using lighter granite such as New Venetian Gold, Sante Cecelia, or one of the many exotic granites, the fifteen year sealer or Granite Shield would be a very wise investment.  With these sealers, you can go use most commercial cleaners on your granite.  The sealers also keep the granite from absorbing liquids, which in turn, keeps your granite from staining.

When choosing your granite, let your likes and dislikes dictate your decision, not the maintenance of the granite.