When deciding what type of countertops to put in your home, there are several great options. Among the most popular is granite. For many years now, home buyers and home builders alike have made granite countertops one of their highest priorities.
What started this trend and why is granite so sought after? Here are a few interesting facts about granite:
- Granite is an ancient tradition. Using granite as a building material goes back all the way to ancient Egypt and in building beautiful historical sites such as the Pantheon.
- Granite countertops are a modern trend. Using granite for countertops began in European countries in the 1880s, though with a very high price tag because of the extensive process for cutting the stone and its limited availability. It has only been a popular choice for many kitchens since the early 2000s because technology for cutting and shipping the material improved enough to make it much more affordable and readily available for builders and consumers.
- Granite is one of the hardest substances in the world. Second only to diamonds in hardness and weighing in at 162 pounds per cubic foot, the hard, dense material is used to last on many important structures such as the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty
- Each slab off granite is truly unique. Granite is selected and cut, not manufactured. This means that no two pieces are exactly alike.
If you want to learn more about why granite is an excellent option for countertops or to see our selection of over 80 full-size granite slabs, come and visit us at The Granite Guy. We will gladly help you decide if granite is the right choice for you.