In designing your kitchen, kitchen counter tops should be a top
priority. Kitchen counter tops can be made with several different
materials: granite, marble, concrete, ceramic, limestone, wood,
quartz, slate, silestone and even stainless steel!
With any part of a kitchen you wish to redesign, you must consider if you want to install a new kitchen counter top or refinish it. Most will consider matching the colors of their counter tops with their kitchen cabinets, but straying from this idea could results in a unique and pleasant design that is exclusive to your kitchen. Today in Ottawa, many homeowners are fitting granite in older homes as well as new ones.
Granite countertops are one of the hottest new counter top styles available for your kitchen!
What exactly is granite, and why
would you want a granite countertop?
Granite i<![if !vml]><![endif]>s second only to the diamond in its hardness as a stone, which can resist the abuse of an every day chef. It is generally distinguished by it's grainy composition, and can come in a variety of rough or polished colors. Granite is striking, functional and extremely durable. These traits make granite ideal for kitchen countertops, accent islands, bar tops, everyday dining tables, and many other uses. If you are looking for a clean, professional look in your kitchen, granite countertops are likely your best choice. The dark "marble" look of a granite counter have given nothing but class to the kitchens. Granite counter tops also have an extremely shiny finish that is easy to keep clean, which is also a bonus on a surface where you plan on preparing food and such.
What's the difference between marble and granite?
Although both are stones and both are quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures, and is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals. The marble family – limestone, travertine, marble, onyx – starts out as sediment – animal skeletons and shells, plant matter, silt – at the bottom of bodies of water. After millions of years this solidifies (lithifies) into stone. Because its main component is calcium, it can be affected by acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages.
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