Granite Countertop Basics: the Details Matter

One of the reasons granite countertops (and other features) are so popular is because of the details. Not just the strength, durability, cleanliness and resistance to heat granite offers, but, because, since details matter in custom stone fabrication, and granite delivers.

There are several factors which contribute to the appearance of the whole countertop. We’ve listed them here:

 The color and cut of this countertop showcase the living movement of granite.

The color and cut of this countertop showcase the living movement of granite.

Color

Some color patterns offer a formal, uniform appearance. These can be speckled in color or solid. Because the colors are so structured, matching these slabs to create a seam in various patterns is easy. 

Alternatively, there are types of granite that offer quite a lot of grain, or movement in the pattern. This creates a lifelike, flowing feel to the granite.

Profile

This is the edging, and there are a number of ways to cut it.  Edges are important. Edges are where we first meet the countertop, and people have a natural tendency to touch the edges with their fingertips. The profile can be basic or formal, playful, or elaborate. But, it can never be sloppy.

Surface

Generally, when people think of a granite surface, their mind goes to a high gloss shine. 
High polish is often used, but some people prefer a honed surface, which is one that is smooth, but not as glossy as high polished. If the surface is antiqued, it is brushed, and dull. Leathered is smooth and more polished than honed, but with a definite texturing quality--like leather.
Satin is nonreflective, soft and alive. The surface may also have pits or fissures. These are naturally occurring, beautiful variations in the granite. They don’t weaken the granite or make it less valuable. 

Cut

The template for a countertop has to always be perfect, but that isn’t the only consideration.
Matching seams on the surface is an art, and it can’t be poorly done or the quality of the entire counter will be compromised. Once the template is formed, and the seams decided, it’s time to put the whole thing together and create the showpiece of the kitchen. 

The same process is the same with backsplashes, oven hoods, niches, shelves, and other elements in the kitchen. While none of these may match perfectly, they all should complement one another, to create an elegant, eye-popping display. This is true whether the countertop is going to be part of a kitchen, bathroom, or something else. The finished countertop should be a unique piece of craftsmanship capable of withstanding a lifetime of use and creating a lifetime of enjoyment.