Types of Countertop Materials

Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are always high on the list of remodelling ideas in Calgary—and for good reason. Granite kitchen countertops or bathroom vanities are available in a broad range of colours and patterns, are easy to clean and maintain, and are incredibly versatile. Granite is consistently rated the best performing of all kitchen countertops. It is also more hygienic (except for quartz, which is similar in this respect) than all other surfaces including butcher block, stainless steel, ceramic tile, and other manufactured surfaces.

Granite for Kitchen Countertops

Granite is one of the strongest and hardest materials found in nature. It originates from the earth’s core as liquid magma, and under extreme heat and pressure various minerals such as quartz, feldspar, mica among others are forged into a unique natural masterpiece. Granite slabs are very hard and nearly impossible to scratch, they won’t be hurt by placing hot pots on them or by cutting on them. This is what makes a granite countertop perfect for kitchen surfaces. However, granite is porous to a certain degree, and may stain. This is particularly true for lighter coloured stone. Staining can be controlled by ensuring your granite countertop is sealed, however, some granite countertops are so dense they do not require any sealing at all.

The Advantage of the Granite Countertops

Granite is versatile, tough and beautiful, making it an excellent surface for any project. No other natural stone or engineered stone can match the numerous unique characteristics of a granite slab, which can come in over 2500 different colours and a vast range of unique patterns. If the countless colours and patterns aren’t enough, granite slabs can also be customized with different textures. The most popular custom granite finish is a smooth polished surface, however, granite counters can also be brushed, flamed and honed.

Stone Selection offers one of the widest selections among any Calgary granite suppliers or companies. Visit our showroom today to see the possibilities for your new granite counters!

View a sample of our granite countertop options in our online Granite Gallery.