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Granite Countertops, we are a one-stop shop and we will work with you in any way that suits you.
1) We will remove and discard your existing countertops
2) Disconnect the stove top and remove the sink.
3) Then the new countertops are installed, back splash and sink.
4) Your new granite countertops are polished and sealed.
Plus, if your needs include cabinets for your new kitchen counters, we also sell wood semi-custom cabinetry up to 70% less than big box stores!
- We only work with full granite slabs.
- San Antonios most experienced granite fabricators
- Full-service slab selection assistance, including help selecting
the best granite slab and the correct material for the job.
- Higher quality finished product with fewer seams, stronger
support, better durability, more beautiful finished job.
- Hundreds of kitchen granite colors and styles available.
- Great prices on remnants for vanities.
- Turn-key results
Granite Countertops of San Antonio delivers the finest granite countertops and cabinets at the lowest overall price in the San Antonio Area. Granite Countertops and Custom Cabinets is our families only business, and we have served the San Antonio area for over 10 years. Providing expert design consultation, fabrication and installation of custom granite countertops by a team of skilled and experienced craftsmen.
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The phrase "hard as a rock" might as well have come from someone thinking of granite. Formed over millions of years from compressed molten rock under the Earth's surface, granite is extremely hard and durable.
With its heat-resistant qualities, granite doesn't blister; it's also unlikely to scratch or chip. When used for kitchen countertops, it's far superior to marble, synthetic and laminate. It's also better-looking and has a luminous, dimensional quality when polished.
Granite is made up of interlocking mineral crystals, the most common being feldspar and quartz. But an array of other minerals can be included, and these make each piece of granite unique. Feldspar is the white mineral you see in granite; the light gray veins are quartz; and the black is typically mica [source: Keidel].
Granite is drilled, chiseled and blasted out of quarries in large blocks, and special milling machines then cut it into workable slabs. Typically, a slab of granite is around 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) wide and between 7 to 9 feet (2.1 to 2.7 meters) long. Other machines polish the material into a uniform thickness, usually about three-quarters of an inch to 1 1/4 inches (2 to 3 centimeters) [source: Walton].
What is granite?
Granite is a common and widely-occurring group of intrusive felsic igneous rocks that form at great depths and pressures under continents. Granite consists of orthoclase and plagioclase feldspars, quartz, hornblende, biotite, muscovite and minor accessory minerals such as magnetite, garnet, zircon and apatite. Rarely, a pyroxene is present. Ordinary granite always carries a small amount of plagioclase, but when this is absent the rock is referred to as alkali granite. An increasing proportion of plagioclase feldspar causes granite to pass into granodiorite. A rock consisting of equal proportions of orthoclase and plagioclase plus quartz may be considered a quartz monzonite. A granite containing both muscovite and biotite micas is called a binary granite. The average density is 2.75 g/cm3 with a range of 1.74 to 2.80.
The word granite comes from the Latin granum, a grain, in reference to the coarse-grained structure of such a crystalline rock.
Granite occurs as relatively small, less than 100 km2 stock-like masses and as large batholiths often associated with orogenic mountain ranges and is frequently of great extent. Small dikes of granitic composition called aplites are associated with granite margins. In some locations very coarse-grained pegmatite masses occur with granite. Granite has been intruded into the crust of the Earth during all geologic periods, except perhaps the most recent; much of it is of Precambrian age. Granite is widely distributed throughout the continental crust of the Earth and is the most abundant basement rock that underlies the relatively thin sedimentary rock veneer of the continents.
There are two theories for the origin of granite. The magmatic theory states that granite is derived by the crystal fractionation of magma. Thus granite bodies are the result of intrusion of liquid magma into the existing rocks. The granitization theory states that granite is formed in place by extreme metamorphism. There is evidence to support both theories, and both are useful to explain different observed features. The two may actually merge: as metamorphic conditions increase to the melting point of the metamorphosed granite, it will melt and become a liquid magma.
Granite has been extensively used a dimension stone and as flooring tiles in public and commercial buildings and monuments.
They are both stone, which makes them hard, heavy, expensive and time consuming to install. They are both natural products, which means there can be variations in color and pattern, and sometimes what you see in the display is not very close to what you actually get delivered. Both come in a wide range of colors and patterns. Both can be stained by oily or highly colored foods. So both require resealing every once in a while (it seems like yearly is the usual rule.) Both are relatively heatproof, and they won't scorch (a very hot pot placed on either type of stone could crack it, theoretically.) They start at about $60 per square foot installed, but granite can go as high as $200 per square foot.
But granite is a much harder, stronger stone than marble. It resists impacts and scratches better. And it is resistant to acids like tomato juice, lemon juice or vinegar. Marble is simply calcium carbonate, just like chalk, but in a compressed and crystallized form. So acids can etch the surface permanently. (And it will fizz, just like chalk in vinegar.) And it cracks and scratches more easily. Some marbles have very little pattern (some are totally pure white) so stains and marring stand out more. Granite typically has a complex mottled pattern that hides stains better. So for hard use, granite is a better choice.
A marble countertop or slab is a traditional working surface for pastry chefs, because the cold stone keeps the butter in the pastry layers from melting. But polished granite would probably work as well.
Practical considerations aside, marble has a look that is possibly more elegant and luxurious. It has extremely fine crystals, which create a snowy or satiny look. And the colors and patterns can be quite dramatic. Granite tends to have larger crystals, perhaps the size of peas or rice grains. This creates a coarser, more sparkly look. And while granite comes in a range of colors and patterns, that range is probably narrower than for marble.
So most people seem to recommend granite for hard use areas like countertops. Marble is higher maintenance, less durable and about as expensive. Its one advantage may be in appearance, but that will depend on the owner's taste and the kitchen's overall style.
But just FYI, there is another possibility that is even more durable than granite, and that is quartz or "engineered stone". It is made of quartz powder that is fused together at very high heat. Unlike granite, it resists stains and doesn't need sealing. It comes in patterns and colors that mimic granite very closely, but it is totally predictable, and more uniform than real stone (which might be good or bad, depending on your tastes.) It also comes in colors and patterns not found in nature, like bright blue. It costs about the same as marble or granite.
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