Ultimate Guide to Granite Countertops
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If you are shopping for new countertops and trying to decide if granite is the right material, then this guide is for you! From the origins of granite to the pros and cons, to the different finishes and most popular colors, this guide will give you the essential information about granite countertops.

What are Granite Countertops?

Granite countertops are very unique and no one countertop will be like the next. That is because it originates from the depth of the earth, starting as a molten rock called magma. Over the course of millions of years, it undergoes a gradual cooling and solidification process, eventually making its way toward the earth’s surface. Frequently, occurrences like earthquakes or tectonic movements will shift the granite upwards. Being that granite is a natural stone the process begins with sizable stone fragments, which are subsequently extracted and transformed into blocks. These blocks are then skillfully divided into slabs utilizing specialized equipment.

Screenshot at .. PMEach slab of granite offers one-of-a-kind beauty with unique colors, patterns and textures that are hard to match in a man-made world. These unique characteristics contribute to the exceptional beauty of the natural stone, making it one of the most popular and long-lasting countertop options. Granite not only serves as a stunning countertop surface, but it also boasts numerous advantageous qualities. Its resistance to scratches, bacteria, stains and heat, coupled with its suitability for both outdoor and indoor areas, make it an excellent choice. If you have chosen to install granite countertops, it is crucial to have them professionally installed.

Homeowners Choose Granite As It:

  • Can withstand high temperatures – hot pans will not burn the sturdy material
  • Comes in distinctive patterns and styles
  • It does not easily scratch
  • Withstands harsh environmental conditions
  • Will not dull over time
  • Is Easy to maintain and clean
  • It is aesthetically appealing and skyrockets the value of your home

Cost of Granite Countertops

Like many products available, there are a range of price options when selecting granite. Slabs that are more unique tend to have a higher price per square foot. It’s best to talk with one of our Design Consultants about your project budget, so we can help you achieve the look you desire, within your budget range.    

Edge Profiles

Screenshot at .. PMAt Cutting Edge Countertops, we provide a wide selection of edge profiles to add stunning detail to your countertops. These offerings can help you create the custom countertops that suit your style, and has the power to truly set apart your kitchen.

Honed vs Polished Granite

Granite countertops can come in two finishes: honed or polished. With a change in finish, a kitchen can go from a traditional classic look to a modern updated look. Here you’ll discover the differences in the finishes and their characteristics to make the best choice for your home. 

Caring for Granite

Screenshot at .. PMGranite is most often used in kitchens, bathrooms and in outdoor spaces. 

To maintain the beauty of granite countertops, it’s important to take measures to protect the tops from harsh external factors when they are used outdoors. Start by utilizing coverings like awnings or umbrellas to provide sufficient shade. Although they can withstand the heat this will help their longevity. 

It is recommended to seal natural stone countertops every 1 to 2 years to help protect against accidental staining. Cutting Edge Countertops offers a hassle-free 15-year residential Stain Protection Warranty to safeguard your investment with a long-lasting sealant to protect against stains caused by common food and beverages. In the unfortunate appearance of a stain, you can contact a Cutting Edge Countertops location near you to schedule a visit by a professional technician who will come remove it. Plus, this warranty is transferable should you choose to sell your home. 

Best Cleaners

To clean granite countertops, you should promptly wipe up any spills to prevent staining or damage. Prepare a cleaning solution by mixing a mild dish soap with warm water. Apply the solution onto the countertop and gently scrub the surface using a soft cloth. 

Cutting Edge Countertops recommends customers avoid harsh cleaners or abrasives containing vinegar, lemon juice or citrus which can etch and dull the finish. Products such as MORE™ Surface Care has a great selection of stone-safe options such as Stone & Quartz Cleaner + Protector. This cleaner can be purchased in any of the Cutting Edge Countertops showrooms, or look for other products that are safe to use on natural stone.

Quartz vs Granite

If durability is a top priority, granite and quartz countertops are precisely what you’re looking for. These countertop materials are renowned for their exceptional beauty and long-lasting qualities. Granite kitchen countertops showcase impressive durability, and in the same vein, quartz kitchen countertops offer high durability along with several added benefits when compared to natural stone options.

Unlike granite, which is relatively porous and may absorb liquids or substances if not sealed, quartz does not require sealing and boasts exceptional stain resistance. Unlike quartz, granite is highly resistant to scratches and heat. Both materials can be easily cleaned with soap and water or a specialized stone cleaner for regular maintenance. Depending on your needs you will have to decide which option is best for you. 

Top 5 Granite colors

Screenshot at .. PMHere are the top five granite colors at Cutting Edge Countertops: 

  1. Valle Nevado
  2. Azul Platino
  3. Dallas White
  4. Ubatuba
  5. Caledonia

Edge Pro vs Edge Allure

At Cutting Edge Countertops, we proudly offer our exclusive Edge Collection™ (formerly known as Studio Collection). Within this Collection, our Edge Pro™ brand provides a reliable selection of natural stone, primarily granite, readily available for your convenience. Within this collection, you’ll discover a wide range of options that boast timeless beauty, displaying consistent colors and patterns. Our carefully curated Edge Pro colors reflect the latest industry trends, featuring popular shades.

Under our Edge Allure™ brand, you’ll find a curated mix of stunning materials including: granite, quartzite, marble, and soapstone. Each slab has a high degree of pattern and color variation, ensuring a truly unique choice for your project. If you’re seeking a one-of-a-kind material to elevate your design, there’s no need to look any further than this exceptional collection.

Make a Selection Today

We hope you feel more confident in understanding and selecting granite as an option for your project, whether it be for a kitchen, bathroom, outdoor kitchen, bar, laundry room and more. If you are ready to get started, schedule an appointment today at a showroom closest to you, including: Northwest Ohio’s showroom in Perrysburg; Central Ohio in Delaware; Detroit area Wixom; and Central Indiana in Noblesville and Southern Indiana in our S. Indianapolis showroom. Our experienced team is ready to bring your vision to life!    

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