A visably granular, igneous rock; generally ranging in color from near-white through the spectrum of golds, pinks, greens and blues, to grays and blacks. Granite consists primarily of quartz, mica and feldspar. Granites are the hardest architectural stone, making them ideal for counter tops and high-traffic areas.
Granite countertops Slabs
Granite slabs are a popular option for many Arizona homes. Granite slabs are a very large, solid, heavy piece of natural stone that must be professionally installed. Due to there large size, granite slabs can be installed on kitchen islands or counter tops with little to no seams. The patterns of swirls, streaks and speckles remain unbroken creating a visual continuity across the entire surface. Millennium Design carries granite slabs in thicknesses of ¾″ and/or 1¼″ depending on the type of stone.
Modular granite is a granite slab that has been cut down to a more manageable size – usually 12 inches in width. Modular granite is specifically cut for counter tops with a focus on easier install, it includes a built-in backsplash piece and bullnose edges. Modular granite is pre-sealed and has a quicker install time. Modular granite will have a seams, so while a more affordable choice than slab (especially if installed by the owner), it is ideal for a small area like a bathroom rather than a large expanse of kitchen countertop.
Granite tiles typically come in 12″ x 12″ squares. While granite tiles are primarily designed for floors and not kitchen countertops, they can also be used for counter tops if looking for a more affordable option. The biggest appeal is the price. The drawback is the lines of grout that can stain, gather bacteria and will definitely break up the look of the beautiful, natural designs that define granite.
However, high-end granite tiles are always a better choice than a low-end granite slab which can be riddled with fissures that will eventually crack. Also, grout can be dyed to match the shade of the tile so that the grout lines are less apparent.
Regular cleaning and sealing of the grout will help prolong the beauty while keeping the counter clean. Millennium Designs will help you chose the best granite tiles and grout for your kitchen counter that will look good and be functional in your home.