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Granite kitchen
  • Granite is a very hard stone and 100 percent natural. It’s mined from quarries all around the world, cut down to a manageable size, and then polished to a fine finish.

  • Granite comes in many different colors and patterns due to the way it’s formed (cooling and solidifying of molten materials).   Whether you’re looking for a subtle complement to your kitchen or a standout slab with unique mineral inclusions, there is an almost limitless selection to choose from and no two granite countertops are the same.

  • According to the average cost to purchase granite and have it installed can cost between $2,000 and $4,000.   You can save money by purchasing the material from a wholesaler and doing some of the preliminary work yourself but the actual fabrication and installation of the countertops should be left to a professional.

  • The only way granite ends up in your kitchen is if it’s quarried and that uses a lot of energy.  If you opt for a high-end slab from Italy, for example, there will be considerable transportation involved.   Try using indigenous stone when possible or visit salvage shops for pieces that can be cut to fit your needs.

  • Granite countertops should be cleaned daily with soap and water or a mild household cleaner.   Some oils and acids can stain so do your homework first to avoid stains.   To ensure the longevity of your investment, consider having your countertops resealed once a year.

  • Granite is a durable material that’s resistant to heat and many other kitchen elements.  Due to its porous nature though, there can be some staining if spilled liquids are left sitting and damage can be done if your counter receives a high impact blow.

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